It has been a month since our last post, yet it seems like only yesterday. September has flown by as we have been busy getting things rolling with Christ City Church and continuing to figure out how to be parents. The theme of month is easily “learning on the fly”. From forming a state and federal entity to teething, we have been going full speed all month and trying to figure out a lot of new things along the way!
The Church: Christ City Church is actually moving forward, praise the Lord! Over the last month we have been blessed with support from The Village Church, core team members joining the vision, and even a possibility of a location coming to fruition. For more about what is happening with Christ City Church, please join our Partner2Pray team. All you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll sign you up!
Parenting: I think the biggest thing Deedra and I are learning is how self-centered we are. We love Cohen and Lily, but we also love our sleep, our freedom, our routines, and our quiet time (at least Jeremy does!). Though none of these things are wrong in-and-of themselves, unfortunately our love for them keeps us from serving our kids with joy and kindness. The Lord has been gracious to show us our weaknesses, and even more gracious to remind us that neither we nor the twins are condemned by them. The Father gave the Son for Deedra and I, while we were still sinners! Praise Him! What a good Father, that he sacrifices for His children that which He loved most; even when those children could not comprehend what He was doing. In our times of frustration and selfishness, we need only to reflect on God’s goodness to us through Christ, repent of our sin, and remember that His Spirit is within us to help me love Cohen & Lily like He loves us. We are learning to be better parents as we are learning to be more like Christ.
Right now we are in Wellington, TX with Deedra’s family. I am not really sure how we could have made it through the last few months without family. Our families have been such a huge support for us through this journey. They have taught us what sacrifice, patience, gentleness, and comfort looks like. We are so grateful to the Lord for blessing us with parents, siblings, and extend family that love Him and love us.
We are also grateful for you joining us on our journey. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray with us for the following:
1) A Home: we are starting to look at places to rent in East Dallas. Pray that the Lord might provide the kind of home we both need and desire at a price we can afford.
2) Provision: we have begun the support raising process for Christ City Church and the Lord has already been gracious to us through The Village Church. Please continue to pray with us for the Lord to provide what we and the church need to get started. Pray that our hearts would stay confident in Him as He provides for us through others.
Last but not least, we leave you with some pictures of the cutest kids in the world! Enjoy!