A New Year, Engagement, and South Africa

Happy New Year, everyone.  And oh what a year it has been.  In case you are wondering, I’ll be leaving for South Africa on Tuesday, January 6.  I’ll be gone for 11 months, but will have a much-needed 2-week break in late June/early July.  I’m so excited to go, but it is bittersweet.  I just got engaged to the most amazing woman in the world.  The Lord has been so gracious, merciful, and faithful to Carly and me.  We are so blessed.  I don’t want to leave her, but I cling to the Jesus’ promise in Luke 18:29-30:

And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

It will be a challenging, hard, and painful at times to be gone.  However, I know that this year will bear so much fruit for me as a husband, father, friend, and minister of the gospel.  The Lord is faithful.  He has never let me down.  I don’t think he will now.

Happy New Year, everyone.  Oh, what a year it will be.


Psalm 119:116

Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!

We cry to God because he hears us.

God does not save us because we call out to him.  Instead, we call out to him because we his word promises to us he is faithful.  God does not suddenly become faithful when we encounter trials and distresses.  He does not suddenly turn a good ear to us when life is hard.  God has been eternally faithful to himself and his people.  He has always been, and always will be, faithful; therefore we can come to him for grace and mercy anytime.

Our cries do not cause God to come with a strong arm of salvation.  His faithful, strong arm of salvation gives us a living hope, which is sure even in the darkest of times, so that we can be confident when we cry to him.