"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
This quote now sits above our fireplace instead of the Christmas garland and lights that were once there. I love this quote because although this year was fuller than most years we have had, I also loved 2017. Eden Grace, the absolute sweetest little girl joined our family this year. Henry just turned four and has turned from a toddler to a "kid " in his words, and is growing so fast. We bought our first Norman home this summer and we (mostly Jay) put lots of sweat equity into fixing it up. I went back to work full time which was mostly terrible. Thankfully, I was able to go part-time in December. When I look back on my life, knowing all that my family has been blessed with, it's almost like I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. So this quote reminds me that God's grace will always be enough, no matter what the next year brings. And far, far better things are ahead because each day is a step closer to glory.
Jay has spent most of January directing the building project for our new church building in the hippest part of Norman (in my opinion). I know, I know... church isn't about the building but the people, it doesn't hurt that we get to meet together in a cool, rustic building with slick ceiling tiles, exposed brick, and original wood floors.
On Friday, our Covenant Members walked around the building and covered each space with prayer. Our first Sunday gathering was yesterday and it was a sweet, sweet time. Life is hard and people are messy and so we pray that God will draw people to our building and that lives will be changed, sin will be laid down, and freedom will be found through the grace and kindness of Jesus. A few Sundays ago, Blake and Jeremy – two of the guys who planted Prov Road – were serving communion together and it was such a visual reminder to me of God's faithfulness in bringing us to Norman, to Providence Road. We are thankful for them and their leadership.
Jay also had an opportunity to preach at the beginning of this year and did a great job. He has been using the gifts God planted in him to administrate all of the tiny to huge details of our new building, something that would probably make me cry myself sleep for weeks on end. All that to say, we are hoping to get away for a few days at the end of this month and have a few days of rest. Thank you all for your prayers and your support!! You all have stuck with us for awhile, and we couldn't be more grateful!