4 more days...

I've been going through so much of our stuff while trying to pack. I keep getting distracted with the strangest things. I sit and just look at old pictures or read old greeting cards I've saved in boxes.
I came across an old church newsletter that was sent out by Buck Run Baptist Church back in 2001. God had just begun the work in our hearts for a desire to do overseas missions. The newsletter was written by our pastor at the time, Robert Jackson, who now serves in Alabama. He played such a pivotal role in our decision to surrender to full-time Christian service.
Listen to what he wrote in the July 19, 2001 edition of the Forerunner.

Mike and Rebecca need our prayers as they seek God's guidance about the future of his position at Toyota, their lovely home in Georgetown, getting started in the Seminary, etc. As we pledge and give our love, prayers and support to them, let's watch our Lord do the remarkable in their lives. Every step of faith they now make will elicit the matchless grace of Jesus Christ for their lives and for every circumstance they encounter. As we watch in amazement at God's repeated intervention in their new journey, it will be an inspiration to our hearts just to revel in the faithfulness of the Father and be able to say, "There He goes again!"

As I read over these words...I just kept thinking how so many of the words he spoke way back then had come to fruition. God had taken care of Mike's job at Toyota when the boss allowed him to take Monday's off so he could go to seminary classes. God stepped in and sold our house during the time when the market was just awful. God's grace has been truly evident in our lives through all of these circumstances. His "repeated intervention in our journey" couldn't be more evident!

Yet I know this is just the beginning. I can't wait to see what He's going to do over the next few years. It's going to be an amazing journey for sure. There will be hard times and there will be joyous times. Refining always takes both of course. The five of us will come out of this journey different...changed I'm sure!

As Bro. Bob wrote...
If we simply make Him Lord of our lives and surrender our all (time, talents, tongue, treasure, and temple) to Him, we will see Him unleash His amazing, marvelous power on our behalf.

See HIS good works and marvel guys!!! Pray that I can take a backseat to what it is that HE is doing so that people will see HIM and not see me at all.

I have been completely overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone. Mike forwarded all the emails you have sent and I just sat and cried. Many of you have written to encourage the boys, offered to help sell our van and told us of your continual daily intercession! I just can't tell you how much that means to us right now. We know that without your prayers, we will fall on our faces...so thank you!


kelly summers said...

I am glad that I read you blog this morning as I start my quite time. What amazing words and a great reminder to just 'take the back seat'. You are one amazing women with an extraordinary family...and they are boys. I have a lot to learn from you. You ever consider hosting a seminary? :)

The Byrd's Nest said...

Praying for you all Rebecca......I know HE will do amazing things through you my friend!