This has been the most intense, busiest and challenging season of my life, Kelly & I’s marriage, and our family. So, I will not even try to pretend I was intentionally taking a hiatus away from the Launch Clarity blog – I just have not had the energy to rustle up some writing.
In the last 4 months, since the last post, we have:
– Sold and packed up a house we loved in the Houston, TX area
– Once again, left behind a part of our hearts in close friendships we have made along the journey
– Lived with friends and family – much of that time everyone in the same room, and on mattresses on the floor
– Driven halfway across the country to replant our family in Middle Tennessee
– Bought a house that I had not seen until 3 hours before our closing
– Repainted, re-carpeted and moved all of our junk back into said house, well I didn’t move any of it, because I also…
– Broke a kneecap in a dog, boy, asphalt vs. me incident one evening
Throw in a busy travel schedule, serving churches from California to Pennsylvania and everywhere in between, and it has been almost overwhelming at times.
Through it all though, I have learned to trust God, lean-in to His plan and lead-out through His calling.
It has not been easy, but Kelly and I can see His guidance in every moment of this transition we have just made – even the broken kneecap. Along the way, these verses, Isaiah 58:11-12 have sustained me in some of the more challenging moments we have been through. Even now, as I read them again for this post, with one leg propped up, they bring comfort and hope:
The Lord will always lead you,
satisfy you in a parched land,
and strengthen your bones.
You will be like a watered garden
and like a spring whose waters never run dry.
Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins;
you will restore the foundations laid long ago;
you will be called the repairer of broken walls,
the restorer of streets where people live.
My prayer, as this next school year starts up, one crazy summer winds down and we all look to what God has ahead, that the call to rebuild, repair and restore the broken and lost would inspire and motivate you as much as it does me.