A New Season.


Hello, friends!

As many of  you know, Andrew headed out for his first deployment earlier this month. We TRULY appreciate everyone's check-ins, hugs, prayers, and offerings of help over the last weeks. Your kindness has meant so much to us, and we cannot fully express our gratitude! 

It's no doubt an adjustment, but we have made the decision as a family to approach this time apart with both optimism and hope. Back in April, with a precious new baby and thoughts of an impending time of separation in tow, Andrew and I attended Elevation Church with loved ones.  Sigh. Where would we be? Without Jesus's church and his loving family? If I may, I'd love to encourage anyone who is struggling to open yourself up to others and let them know your needs. I know so many are hurting, and I wish I could be there for each of you. The open arms awaiting you truly provide respite like no other. 


Pastor Steven shared a message entitled "#HarvestProblems". After the final prayer and everyone stood up to exit, Andrew and I just looked at each other, hand-in-hand...teary eyed. It was as if we both said, "Did you hear that? Oh yea, me too." 

At the risk of sounding hokey, simply put, we've been encouraged to see what God can and will do through us during this time. We're asking him to give us his perspective even when all we can see is our problems. There is so much life to be living, even when a significant chunk (or should I say hunk? yes. let's go with hunk.) of our life is away and dearly missed. 

If you have us on your prayer list, would you join us in that request? Of course we appreciate and cherish all the prayers for Andrew's safety and mission, our sweet Maggie, communication, community...a certain solo mama to command ship like a #ladyboss, but would you also pray that we would be able to focus on things bigger than ourselves and our situation? That we would show the love and grace of Christ, whether in the middle of Oklahoma or the middle of the desert? That our story would carry this common thread: the hope of Jesus? Thank you, thank you.


In the meantime, one of my goals is to WRITE MORE, and I plan to keep you all updated here in this space. Feel free to reach out to me anytime, and I am happy to share A's contact info as well. I can't wait to share with y'all what I've been learning (and let's be honest, share more pictures of Maggie because she's so happy and sweet and squishy and makes the worst days a JOY).


"For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:10

  



"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful."  Colossians 3:12-15








Although we cannot wait for the fall for our family to reunite,
we also cannot wait for the harvest God has in store. Isn't he wonderful?

PS- If you have a moment to listen (ok about an hour, it was a long one.),
 the link to the sermon is here.  I promise you will be encouraged. 

I love each of you!
Lizanne

3 comments:

  1. Love this,and love these photos! Praying for y'all, and your specific requests. Please text me Andrew's address. Thank you!

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  2. Love you, sweet daughter. So proud of all 3 of you. And, I agree....it was a great sermon!!

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  3. Beautifully written, gorgeous pictures and lovely Kingdom perspective . . . praying for growth and joy during this crazy time. HUGS!

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