Focus on God's Faithfulness
Holy Week - Good Friday, March 30
Wintermeyer family - Dan, Melanie, Colin, Charles, and Jack - members of RPC since January 2014
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. - Isaiah 55:9-11 (NRSV)
For surely I know that plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. - Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV)
It was February of 2013, and we were living our dream. We had been married for six years and recently completed a tear-down/re-build of our "dream home." We were in the City of Atlanta with a wonderful commute. We had our first son, after trying to conceive for three years, and our two dogs. The grass could not be greener. This was the life we planned, and it was all coming together.
What we didn't realize was that God had a different plan for us. After losing our close friends and neighbors to Dunwoody, we started to question why we were so set on being in the City. All that we loved was out of reach. We were down to one neighbor on our street with a child in school. We thought, we need to pray on this and see where we need to be. Something called to us that Roswell was that place.
Our house was not yet on the market at the time, and we signed Colin up for preschool at Roswell Presbyterian. We asked, what if we cannot sell? What if we cannot find a house? We looked at each other and just said, God will show us the way. Trust in him, and he executed it perfectly. We were under contract for our sell in less than a week in a horrible market and at the wrong time of year to sell. In return, we bought a very much "needs love and remodeling kind of house" in Roswell. It was not the dream house we just built nor the picture and plans we had focused on and painted in our heads. What God's plans were for us were even better.
This "needs love kind of house," has welcomed two more children into our family. It has surrounded us with wonderful neighbors who have become close friends. It took us a year to connect with a church in Atlanta. We tried numerous ones and finally decided on First Presbyterian Church. We had found our place. When we moved to Roswell we thought, what are we going to do? How could we ever find another church that we love? One trip to Roswell Pres, listening to Lane preach, and we knew we were home. Wow, how God was shining on us!
This move provided us a community that we want to raise our children in. It has given us a church that has supported us through our twin pregnancy and extensive hospital stays for both mom and babies. It has reminded us every day to trust in the Lord, because his plans for you far outweigh the ones you think you have for yourself. Please don't think we weren't happy in Atlanta or didn't like it there, because, trust me, we loved it. We had no plans of ever leaving. What we didn't realize is that God knew where and when we needed to be to raise this family, and executed it perfectly. We are beyond grateful that we listened.
Heavenly Father, we thank you that you know that plans you have for us and that they are good. Help us to trust you, knowing that your ways are so much better than what we could plan ourselves. Amen.
The purpose of the season of Lent is to intentionally take time to reflect on Jesus' life and journey to the cross. The Lenten devotional is a tool to help people reflect on this journey.
The theme for this year's devotional is FOCUS. So much of lives we end up focusing on the wrong things. We focus on our jobs, families, bodies, friends, self, and tons of other things. How might our perspective on all things in our lives change if we focused more on our faith?
This year we want to make the devotional more accessible for families with children. In order to do that we have included some devotions that are written by families. We encourage all of you to engage with your children using this devotional as a tool.
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