ok, so i haven’t blogged in 2 weeks. Longest draught, I think.
May I simply say that God is gracious and good. He has given us a promise of his finished work in Christ – and life is well… hard as we anticipate the final fulfillment of that finished work! The grace of God has hit home over the past 2 weeks. Literally. Before we went on vacation to South Carolina, I was tired and joyless, judgmental and and anxious… it was hard. By proxy, the hardness of churchplanting details that revealed the hardness of my heart made it so that “home is where the hard is.” It seemed that in every conversation, Kori and I were tracking through something difficult and distressing… deceived into thinking that life has to be this HARD!
Well, since vacation God has revealed something profound. In the home, hardness of life is the catalyst of true heart-to-heart honesty and dependence! Home is where our hearts are dependently one, precisely because home is where the HARD things in life are meant to be dealt with. I confess that prior to our needed rest and relax, the hard details of people and planning and pride (not always in that order) associated with West Valley Church Plant made life in the home of Jim Powell unbearably hard. But now, by seeking to give ourselves to one another – seeing we NEED one another, confessing our sighs and groans toward the complexity of one another … the home has been where the heart is. Thank you God. You are greater than the heart (1 John 3:20). Jesus, thank you that you are interceding right now for your people… in our congregations, in our homes, in our jobs, in our churchplants!
More info will be coming… but pray for the Powells and West Valley PCA church plant. We are launching our preview services (aka family worship) with 70-80 people on Sunday Sept. 14. Much to do before then… and even more dependent prayer to be given. There are forty adults and forty kids who are weak and needy of a God who will do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. Many of the homes of these folks are hard right now – kids in new schools, family distress, relational angst in moving out from the mother church and her security… pray for our homes and hearts and humility to surrender to God in this season of flexibility.
Time to be done. My allotted time to blog is now ove