More wedding pics (j.k. this post is about prayer)

Hello to all of you out there in Internet land. What’s new? Apparently you really enjoyed our wedding post from a few days ago. That was the most traffic we’ve ever seen hit our blog. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Here is what we’ve learned. Wedding pictures = lots of web traffic. I really wanted you to read this post so … here’s another pic for you.

This one is of our wedding party throwing birdseed at us — notice the absolute glee on the faces of the groomsmen. Particularly Jordan Bell.

Just a word of warning to all you engaged folks out there — birdseed is traditional and a lot of fun for everyone, but it hurts. Like, real bad. And it also creates kodak moments like this lovely picture. My maid of honor and fellow groomsmen had to pick seed from my hair. It was awesome….

Anyways, after I shamelessly lured you here with our wedding pictures, the real reason for the post is to ask you to pray. We’re trusting the Lord to be done raising our financial support by Tuesday, March 15. Will you pray with us?

We are currently at 60 percent. This is a big prayer, but we know the Lord could bring in our funding by tomorrow if He wanted to. We have a lot of oars in the water right now, and we’re trusting God to soften the hearts of the individuals, families, churches and businesses we’ve asked to meet with us, and be a part of our team.

Will you pray that we would come to mind for the potential partners we currently know of, and those we haven’t had the opportunity to ask yet?

What we’re trusting for:

We’re trusting God for 40 percent of our monthly needs to come in by March 15. It’s a lot — but this is all about His timing and we trust Him.

I’ve been in the Psalms the past few days, and the Lord has been speaking to me so intimately. My hope is in Him, and I’m just feeling excited to see what He has in store for us. As I was reading Psalm 37 this morning, it was just so sweet to read about the truths of our God — “delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”

What will happen if the funding doesn’t come in by March 15th?

We praise God for all He has done in this season, and we will keep on plugging away. We continue to learn so much about God, about ourselves, and about where the Lord is leading us throughout this process. We have never been more on our knees, more in need of God’s grace, and more stretched and pulled to our spiritual and emotional limits. Working out and stretching produce flexibility and faithful endurance. Vital components to a successful ministry.

“Count it all joy my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” – James 1:2-3

Thanks for praying with us friends. We couldn’t do what we do without you.

What are you trusting in?

What are you trusting in?

This is a question God asked me in one of my quiet moments in the Bible earlier this week. He said, “Erick, where is your trust? What are you hoping in?” I had to admit that I was trusting in results. I was hoping in the positive effects of what my efforts were going to produce in my ministry.

We’ve all done this from time to time. Found ourselves hoping for an A on a test. Putting our trust in a client’s decision to go with your company. Putting our hope and trust in the end result. In the end, just hoping all the work we put in would be enough.

The truth I’ve been discovering is that the final outcome isn’t where we should be putting our focus. But rather instead, put our focus on our actions and then in turn, put our hope and trust in God for the results.

As Christ followers, we are called to put our hands to the plow and never look back (Luke 9:62). Now this metaphor is somewhat lost on our American culture today; but, when a farmer would put his hands to the plow, he was guiding it along as the horse, ox or other sizable animal pulled the plow. You couldn’t look too far ahead because the animal would be obstructing your view, but you had to at least know where you were. You needed to be looking and making sure the plow was straight and uniform. You had to make sure it was on track. And looking back, why would you even do that?

That’s the lesson I get from Jesus in saying that. He’s saying, “Hey, if you’re going to start this (a relationship with me), you better mean it. You better understand that this is going to require all of you. All of your focus, attention, strength, will and everything else. This is going to require all of who you are. And then, when that’s not enough, because it won’t be, I’ll be there to help you and make sure you make it through.”

When we’re children it was a no-brainer to put our trust in our parents as we learned how to ride a bike or drive a car. We knew our parents wouldn’t let us try this if they didn’t believe we’d be alright. That moment is an everyday occurrence walking with God. God’s just waiting for us to realize that we need to put our trust in Him.

Every so often we have to take a step back and ask our selves, “what are we trusting in?”

50 in, 50 to go

As full-time staff with Campus Crusade, we raise our own financial support. Many of you knew this already, but if you didn’t, you do now. 🙂

Now, we’re going to be honest here.  There were times in these past 17 months of support raising that were less than enjoyable. We grew weary. We didn’t want to make another phone call, send another letter, or meet with another stranger.

There were times, when we didn’t see the results we wanted to see, we would call out to God like David did in Psalm 13 — “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?”

But the Lord, in His infinite wisdom, has us here for a reason and we praise and honor Him for that. And we know that He is preparing us for the work He has called us to do. As James says in chapter one — “…know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”

Steadfastness = a life of faithful endurance amid troubles and afflictions.

Life on this earth is hard. If this season of our lives will bring “faithful endurance” to us in the future struggles we’re guaranteed to face — then we submit to the Lord. He knows us better than we do.

This is a call for prayer. We raised 50 percent of our financial need. We have 50 percent more to go.

We asked the Lord for March 15 to be the date we finish this support. Will we finish by that time? We don’t know. But it’s our desire to be done, and we’re going to ask Him to answer our prayer.

Please be praying with us as we continue on in faith toward our goal.

“But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.”

– Psalm 13:5-6