How do you know you are "home?" Whether we are talking about your house, literally, or a friend's house, a church, a job, or any other place that you spend a lot of time. To me home feels comfortable, natural, and there is obvious feeling that you are welcome. There are a lot of places that I feel are "home" to me, but recently we had added a new one- a church home.
These little girls and their spiritual growth depends on me. God has entrusted Greg and I to raise them knowing Him, feeling His love, trusting His plans, and being surrounded with a community of other believers. We have found that environment for our girls. They are already so comfortable in their church home- they are building trust in the adult leaders, they are making new friends, and oh how they are learning God's word. Warms my heart.
This man is a father and husband. He loves his family, he works hard, and daily he is growing in his walk with Christ. He wants to serve, belong, and have spiritual role models that can mold him without hold back. He is longing for growth and a peace without letting anything or anyone stand in his way. He has found that. And I have found that. What a blessing to have men and women to grow with, share with, and spread God's love with.
When Greg and I started to feel a pull to find a new home it felt scary? But we trusted, and He answered that prayer with ease. We knew it was right, in His will, what He wanted for our family. We were welcomed with open arms, it was a warm church home from the first day.
Ivy called it "my new church" on her first day and counted down for the next 6 days until it was time to go back. "My new church" quickly turned to "my church" and "our church"- again, clearly that this was the best move for our family.
We got the opportunity to invite our great friends and neighbors to church with us. And they came, and came back, and are still coming. What a fun way to grow in a new home- with friends! Ivy is excited to go anywhere with Kennedy and now Kennedy calls it "my church" too. Music to my ears.
There are older girls, like Isabella, who I know will have a great impact on my children's lives. They will live by example and little eyes will watch. I know that this new home, has opportunity for rich relationships and spiritual growth for everyone in our family.
Victoria and her family have been overly welcoming. Ivy was thankful to see a familiar face on the first day and then on the many days that have followed. Her mom and dad (and even big sister) took us under their wings, prayed for us, showed us around, invited us to events. We are thankful for this friendship.
We are calling Jessamine Christian Church our new home and we are loving it. Every day I am thankful for the warmth and comfort in this home. I am thankful for all my family is learning and the way we are growing. I am thankful for the friends we are getting know and know better. God is good, His plan wins, and trust in His will is an incredible thing. We are thankful to have had this journey and excited to see where it takes us.