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Long time…

As I’ve stated, writing is not a huge gift of mine. Consistency in some ways isn’t either. It’s funny though, you’ll find my attitude and character to be quite consistent, but making time for blogging and daily bible reading seems to be difficult for me.

But that’s not what I came here today to share. I just want to share how amazing God has been recently to me and my family.

As you may know from previous posts, my wife and I accepted a call to move to South Carolina to begin serving a new church there (after 3 and a half years in Georgia). We have a house for sale in GA and we are living rent-free in a house in South Carolina. Even rent-free we are still struggling financially. My wife just accepted a part-time job so that will help TREMENDOUSLY but we also had a very bad few days a few weeks ago.

We finally had a contract on our house in GA! We were so excited to get out of that and move on so we could buy a place here (closer to our church than the 30 minute drive we have at the borrowed house). The contract fell through due to financing issues so we were a little down about that since it’s been about 8 months since we put it on the market. The next day, we get a call from the family that owns the house we are borrowing…unfortunately they are having some business difficulties with the economy the way it is and they are putting this house we are living in on the market. So not only has our house not sold, but the house we are living in could be sold and we could be without a place to stay. It was a very difficult few days until we really stopped to think about it…would God really put us out on the street? Even if He did, wouldn’t we still be better off in His care anyway? When we came to this realization, we understood that His plans are not our plans, His ways are not our ways (see Isaiah 55:8).

In these last few months of financial uncertainty, God has brought several different people across our path that have given un-asked-for financial contributions to our family. We found a friend of a friend who has given us some sound financial advice for our near future for purchasing a home when ours sells (www.haroldsmithteam.com).

Beyond these financial issues for which we’ve found the “peace that passes all understanding”, our new church home since July has been a huge blessing…one for which I cannot even begin to thank God enough for. This church (www.eastpickens.org) is on FIRE! God is doing some amazing things here and I cannot wait to see more of Him!

Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” God is good. Give Him all the glory.

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