Its been hard to blog over this last month. So much has been going on in our lives, but its hard to know when and what to share. Some things I can't even explain. God's ways are truly above ours, and some times that is more obvious than at other times - at least for me (Isaiah 55:8). Without a doubt, these last few weeks have been some of the hardest, yet at the same time, the most relieving. It is more difficult than I could ever have imagined to tell a congregation whom you love that God is calling you away from them. There have been some people who are obviously hurt by this change in our lives, and for that, I am completely humbled. 2 1/2 years in Roxboro has proved to be interesting, challenging, and thrilling, as Justin and I began our relationship with one another when he was first called to Westwood. We are so thankful for every person in our church family whom God has used to mold us, grow us, and prepare us for what He has for the next chapter of our lives. God has blessed us more than we could ever have imagined in a town that we had never even heard of before and we know that He has great plans for our next area of ministry, even though we have yet to know how.
I think that being married to Justin has prepared me for change...he certainly is a fan of it. I feel completely at peace about moving to Elkin, but that does not mean a piece of us won't be left in Roxboro. There are several young women I have worked with at the Pregnancy Support Center who I just don't understand how God could ask me to leave behind. But I know He has others who can lead them closer to Himself...hopefully I have laid a good foundation. It has been eye-opening for me to be reminded over these last weeks that I am replaceable. Maybe not "replaceable." I know there is no one else just like me! But...in the since that God uses us where He can be most glorified and we can grow for a season, and then moves us to where He can continue to change us for His glory as He brings someone else in to lead His people closer to Him (as in Justin's position) and brings someone in to administrate vision (as in my position). I so look forward to how God continues the work He has allowed us to be a part of in Roxboro while at the same time being excited about the new opportunities that await us.
I hope to share more of our preparations for this move over the next weeks. Thank you for your prayers for us! Sorry, there will be no new recipes for awhile...I'm trying to clean out what we've already got!