Since some have asked and some already know, I thought I would give some hint as to where we think we are headed after Southwood. From an earthly perspective, our temporal future is in the Lord’s hands and yet to be revealed. My medical situation certainly is a key issue in the unrevealed elements of my temporal future. At present, our hope is to relocate to the Dallas, Texas area where our oldest daughter, Kristin, James, and Ranae live. Our second daughter, Kara, Aaron, Nathan, and Kailee also plan to relocate near Kristin. Brian and Jen will return to Moody Bible Institute in the fall of 2010 so Brian can finish his degree at Moody. Bethany plans to finish her second year of the nursing program at Gloucester County College in the fall of 2009 and spring of 2010. We do not have a date to relocate to Texas. My medical needs along with unanswered questions about my physical condition and capabilities provide for us a challenge on what lies ahead in providing for our needs to live in Texas.
Our one assurance is God’s firm grip on our lives and His sovereign knowledge of our future.
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9). I realize that this faith statement is much easier to make when you have more than sufficient financial resources and/or job security but life stretching when you are not sure how this is going to work out. But it is just those life stretching circumstances that confirmed faith for those in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11. I confess that I would much rather read about someone’s stirring testimony of faith than be tested in this area. But how else do we learn? My expanded definition of faith from Hebrews 11:1 still stands: “Faith is my choice to believe and live by the truth and reality revealed by God in His Word regardless of my circumstances or feelings.” Grab a verse and put yourself to the challenge. What if I choose, this day, to live by the truth and reality revealed in this verse regardless of my circumstances or feelings? I invite you to join me in being stretched into the conformity of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29).
P.S. If you want to hear Brian's Sunday am message (May 31), which I highly recommend, go to our church web site and "current messages." What a privilege to sit in the congregation and hear my son preach and enjoy Bethany singing with the worship team. They are a delight.