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"Take Courage"

As Joshua and I finished up our deputation tour in the fall and we began realizing that it would in fact be a while before we were able to leave for Bulgaria, we wanted to come up with a way to stay engaged with all of you! Those that have invested in us financially, through prayer, family and friends keeping in touch and acquaintances we've made over the past year or so as we've made our calling known to serve in Bulgaria.


We knew that we wanted to send out a monthly newsletter to those that are deeply invested and who would want to know the nitty gritty of what we are up to (at least what we thought we'd be up to in Bulgaria). We also wanted to find a way to keep in touch with all of you through a bi-monthly blog post. This was intended to be more of a space to share personal stories from our experiences in Bulgaria.


As I sat today with the iCalendar notification showing that it was indeed time to work on a new blog post I became discouraged. What do I share? What is there to share? What's happening in our lives that is worth writing about? Should I try to come up with something funny? Something thought-provoking? Should I just skip out on a blog post this month?


So here I am... sitting in front of a computer with Spotify playing in the background and the song "Take Courage" by Kristene DiMarco came on. I'll let you take a minute and listen to the if you are unfamiliar with it like I was.



As I listened to this new song, tears began to fill my eyes... you know the kind of tears where your eyes fill so full that at any moment, with just one small blink, you'd find yourself completely drenched in tears... I felt as if the Lord was speaking directly to me.

Take courage my heart

Stay steadfast my soul

He's in the waiting

He's in the waiting


Hold on to your hope

As your triumph unfolds

He's never failing

He's never failing


Sing praise my soul

Find strength in joy

Let His Words lead you on


Do not forget

His great faithfulness

He'll finish all He's begun

Although some days it feels as though I am alone in this waiting game of moving to Bulgaria, I know and recognize that many of us are in a season of waiting. Many of you are waiting.


Maybe you're waiting for the right job offer to come along, waiting for the Lord to bless you with a child, waiting on good news from a medical test, waiting to bring a loved one home from the hospital, or waiting for a much needed day off or vacation from work.


When I find myself in a season of waiting I often feel exhausted. I remember waiting the 9 months to have each of my two children.... You feel like you are waiting an eternity and it's exhausting.


Are you exhausted from the waiting you are facing?


Maybe it's taking a toll on your life: emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally.

Well I hope you'll take this as your reminder that God is in the waiting. I needed this today and I'm hoping it'll be a comfort to someone else today too.


THE LORD IS FAITHFUL & HE WILL FINISH ALL HE'S BEGUN!

It may not be in our time. It may not fit our plan or our expectations, but today I will choose to remember, He is never failing.









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