Well at the time of writing this it has been 1202 Days or 3 Year 3 months and 15days since we responded to the call of God to move to QLD… and now we believe that God is whispering into our hearts once again about beginning a new chapter. Today on the 27th July 2014 we announced to the whole Church (Catalyst Church Ipswich) that my employment will end at the very latest on December 31st of this year. Oh and you know how people say when God closes one door He always opens another? Well we are still waiting for that next door to open and are learning to trust God as we stare at this current closed door.
The story so far! (short version)
For some time as we have been doing our devotions and through much prayer we have had many, many different confirmations that our time here was drawing to a close. (too many to detail here) In ourselves we had really hoped that we were only just getting started at Catalyst Church and I was really looking forward at the opportunity to finish building our house so that I could throw myself heart and soul into ministry without the distraction of owner building. But it seems that our desire to live here in our new home, plant veggie gardens and create an inspired place for our four boys to enjoy their childhood and have the freedom to be trained in their God given passions have been swallowed up by our desire to be used by God in a meaningful way, even though at this point we don’t have clarity on what that is exactly.
So we had these thoughts going around in our spirit/mind for some time but it was really just exactly that ‘in our spirit and mind’ we had not spoken to anyone else about this. We then went to a night service at Catalyst where guess minister Ps Corey Turner was speaking and afterwards opened up the front for prayer/prophetic words but we didn’t respond but rather chose to remain worshiping in the second row and then Corey called us up the front. I can honestly say that Corey knew nothing about what was happening in us and in fact didn’t know us personally at all apart from a 2 min conversation 2 days before. He then prophesied some things over our life which wasn’t new information but absolutely confirmed what God had already been speaking to us, but even so it was so accurate and for the first time in a long time left me in tears… lots of them!
We feel that God is stirring us to lead our own community, a different community but that’s about all we know at this point. Actually tonight when I told the church our news I said it like this, “While we don’t know what our future holds, we do know the One who holds our future.” and this is where we simply need to have a bit of old fashioned faith. What gives us a lot of comfort is knowing the character of God who is leading us and that as His children whatever He calls us to walk through will be for His glory and ultimately our good.
Finally we are sure that nothing substantial is ever accomplished without a little pain, and this season will be somewhat painful as we jump over the final hurdles before being able to walk into this next season. Also our humanity is hurting and so it should because we really love the people who God has surrounded us with while living in glorious QLD, but our life is but a vapor and we only have one life in which to be obedient to God’s call so were going to go for it trusting much will be accomplished for His Kingdom.
Thanks to those who have been a support to us it’s meant so much.