I woke up this morning, facing a new month, new day and a new beginning and I was filled with a sense of gratitude. I started thanking God for my health and the well-being of my family.
There are so many things we take for granted in our lives. I have been married for almost twenty years. In those twenty years, my wife and I have been employed and have enjoyed a middle class lifestyle.
In June of 2016, my wife and I learned that she was expecting a baby. After 13 years of trying, with four miscarriages during that time – we were ecstatic. However, 14 weeks into her pregnancy, she began having complications. For the duration of her pregnancy, she was confined to the bed and spent 12-weeks in the hospital. During this time, she got word that her position was phased out, which left her unemployed.
Similarly, in March of this year I got word that the non-profit Agency I worked for would be closing its Miami office due to budget restraints. Today, we find ourselves in a place we’ve never been before. Unemployed, a beautiful new rainbow baby girl, a young teenage son who is bursting with potential and energy and a young adult daughter who is on the cusp of independence.
This season, however difficult it may be, has made everything that seemed impossible, possible! When God allows one door to close, He always opens another one. This is an exciting time in our lives!
God put on my heart to plant a church. My wife and I have been out in the community for the past year and a half sharing God’s message of love and hope. We’ve met people facing challenging situations – who have encouraged us to press on in our work. We’ve had the opportunity to feed the hungry, create safe spaces for children to learn and play and opportunities for adults to grow and worship.
God has brought people by our side with gifts, talents, wisdom and insight to help us on this journey. We are thankful for them! We believe that this is our time. This is our season to do what the Lord created us to be. We have more than ENOUGH creativity, wisdom and strength to be successful in all God has called us to do.
I wanted to encourage you today. If you are facing an unexpected difficulty that seems impossible to overcome, know that God has a plan to prosper you. He created you with a purpose and there are no setbacks in his plan. There are only setups to catapult you forward. In this season, prepare by exercising your gifts, obeying His call to action and engaging Him through prayer and worship.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Pray for us as we embark on this new journey in our lives!
Know that I am praying for and believing in His promises with you!