Honestly, as I approach 6 months in this new place, it feels like we arrived yesterday and yet somehow have been here forever. I've learned so many things, at many points in time feeling like the polar opposite of Oz's Dorothy, "Toto, I don't think we're in Texas anymore... " Two, yes 2, degrees farenheit yesterday morning was a stark reminder that we're living in a new world.
And yet, despite the moments in which I miss our old home and our family members who still live in the Lone Star State, I can honestly say that at this point in my life I wouldn't want to be anywhere else but here. God is working in an exciting way at BVBC, and for whatever reason, He is allowing me to be a part of it. I'm so grateful. Our new little church is literally exploding with growth, both numerically and spiritually. The people are expectant and joyous to serve in new and exciting ways. God has brought us an ENTIRE staff (all of whom came from larger churches to smaller!) within the last 7 months, and the excitement level is "off the charts" as people watch to see what He'll do next. One of my greatest personal blessings is the opportunity to build a worship and arts ministry from Square One. The photo above is my choir and me, taken in December... It takes on a greater significance when one considers that five months ago this church had NO FUNCTIONING CHOIR... It's like that in every facet of our ministry right now. Three weeks ago we kicked off Preschool, Children's and Student Music/Worship programming and have added roughly a hundred people to our music involvement roster with just those additions. So here we are and here we stay, waiting to see what He holds in store. I know that whatever it is it will be good.
PandaMom asked about a picture of my girls and me. This one was taken December 23... Don't they look pretty!