Monday, November 1, 2010

Sacred Surrender

     Sometimes life turns on a dime. I have heard that said, but never experienced it until recently. I can tell you now that its pretty painful when it happens.

     Thirteen months ago, we moved our family from the church that we had been ministering to for over 5 yrs to begin a new ministry.

     We knew God was moving us and never doubted His call and His provision. He has not disappointed us. He is faithful. However, after Thirteen months, the leaders at our church have decided we are not a good fit and have requested that we resign. I can't lie, it hurts, but my God has not disappointed us. People may have, but He remains faithful.

     Let me tell you what He has done. He never allowed our home in AZ to sell, which means we were never able to buy the house we had a contract for here in LA. I did not always see this as a blessing, but I understand now. He has given us renters for our house in AZ, so that it is not empty and providing is some help with the mortgage. He has been so faithful.

And now, as we prepare to leave, He continues to provide with sweet friends who love, pray for, and encourage us along our way. He has provided a haven in the midst of the storm in the form of godly parents who will share their home, once again, with their children. And He has provided unity between husband and wife as we struggle though unanswered questions and feelings of inadequacy. He remains faithful to His children. And we ARE His.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows."

                                                                                                                        1 Corinthians 1:3-5


Talisha said...

I love you. He is for YOU!

Stephanie Tillery said...

I will be praying for you and your family as you wait to see where God leads you.

Deborah Marie Photography said...

Hi Shaundra...
So sorry you have been going through this. I know what you mean when you say life turns on a dime. We have had so many of those moments in our walk. My husband and I are pastors and are planting a church on he coast of Oregon (just brand new... a start-up)... and it has been quite a journey getting here. I just happened upon your blog while looking for worship pics... and felt the need to read it. I pray God will bless you with every good and perfect thing! If you ever need to talk... just let me know. Pastor Debi ~