Tuesday, June 29

...When You Let Him

Bruce performed his first wedding this past Friday! Keith (one of our recent grads) married Jennifer. The ceremony was amazing – really pretty and included a perfect mix of both tears and comical relief. Bruce and I were blessed by staying in an enormous, gorgeous house with the groom’s, his family, a groomswoman, and the groomsmen. We had a blast!! And we ate like royalty! Can I just say that sweet potato biscuits, country ham and orange marmalade are now one of my favorite things?!! Also Paul and Amy are now some of my favorite people.

The wedding was, of course, emotional for me and Bruce. Not only was Keith one of our “college peeps,” but also this was Bruce’s FIRST wedding – and the reminder that God works wonders when you let Him.

We arrived home to a clean house and happy dogs (thank you, Lindsay!), and it was only a matter of time before a friend of ours arrived for the night. She has been called as a missionary for a year, and spoke about it in church on Sunday. She will be ministering to college students abroad (her location is private due to safety concerns). How awesome is that? Here is a girl who was actively involved in our college ministry who is now being called to serve in a college ministry in another country! Yet another reminder that God works wonders when you let Him.

Remember the faith jars we have at the church – for the carpet? Well, they are still there, and each week a bunch of us put our carpet money in them. God is REALLY teaching me about faith through those jugs! At this point, I almost don’t care if we do pay off the carpet (though I am confident that we will). I have learned so much about faith, and that lesson is worth WAY more than the carpet debt! Sunday morning, I actually found myself praying, “God, increase my faith. And test it so that it continues to grow.” And that is so not like me – I am usually terrified of the testing part. Testing hurts. It’s not fun. It’s rather scary. But I am craving it like crazy right now!

Do I need to say it again, folks? God works wonders when you let Him.

James 1:2-4 - Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

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