Well tomorrow I am interviewing for another position in the company I work for. It is a great opportunity and I would love your prayers! I have a great peace about it. My wife and I have talked about this at great length and I am not anxious about it at all. I'm at a point of contentment in my life. I know that the peace and contentment I feel is from the Lord. I'm so thankful for that. This kind of stuff used to cause me a ton of anxiety, but I praise the Lord that he has freed me from that.
No matter what happens, Janel and I have decided that this will be the last position I will apply for that would entail us to relocate. We have been planning to build a house for a few years now and actually bought our Homestead planning to build on it within 5 years. Well, we are in year number 6 now. We have been holding out as there has been opportunity in my company for me to move up, but it would entail us to move. We have decided that there are about 6 states that we were willing to go to and start another Homestead if the opportunity arose. I have applied for 2 positions within my company and this is my second round of interviews.
If no offer is made, then we have decided to stay put for good. We will plan on building a home in the Spring of 2020. It will be a modest home, as we can't afford a ton and don't want much debt, but we need the space as we are getting pretty packed in here! We are actually fine with whichever way it works out. God is in control and if He wants us to serve Him here in Pennsylvania, we will gladly do so! Our prayer has been that the Lord would open the doors wide or close them shut. If we feel that I'm chasing something, then we know it is not for us.
So what does the future hold? No one knows but the King of Kings! Janel and I take comfort in that. The Bible says in Proverbs 16:9:
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. (KJV)
We've been going through the book of Proverbs for our family devotions. The older kids have to read a chapter a day and then we get together in the evening and go over some of the passages that they picked out. It has been a true blessing. I absolutely love the book of Proverbs. So much wisdom!
Baby update. We are two thirds of the way through. This pregnancy has gone so fast. Our little girl is growing quickly and mama and baby are healthy. We have been truly blessed by all of the prayers from everyone. It has been amazing. Please keep praying for Janel and baby that all would go well the last trimester. We are excited to meet our little girl! We will be doing another "Prego Vlog" video this week and I will post it on our blog.
Finally....I need your help! In the next few months we are going to be doing some different things with our YouTube channel. We will continue to do our normal stuff (chickens, hunting, etc) but we are going to be creating a couple other offshoot channels as well to help our channel grow. The plan is to have a Christian channel and a channel that engages the culture on issues today. These channels will be separate, but we want to engage the culture with the truth of Scripture.
One of my favorite speakers, Mark Cahill, says that if we don't engage the culture, the culture WILL engage us. And you have to be sleeping under a rock if you don't see the culture infiltrating the church big time. We need to stand and be bold and courageous. Jeff Durbin of Apologia Church posted on Facebook the other day the following:
"The Lord Jesus was the embodiment of love. Yet, He was preaching a Gospel that made people want to kill him. Paul preached a Gospel that caused people to want to kill him. Remember, Jesus, Paul, and the rest of the Apostles were beaten and even killed for their Gospel. Evangelical leaders in the West in the 21st-century need to come to terms with the fact that successful missions are not defined by the number of people who really like us, think we are cool, or are comfortable with our message. The sheep hear His voice. We must not alter the message to make the goats comfortable with our presence."
What a sobering post! I had to give it a huge amen! I have decided that I will no longer try to sugarcoat the Gospel. I will stand on the counsel of God and not back down. It may cost me "Facebook Friends" or maybe even real friends. I am unwilling to stand by as our culture rots and decays morally when I have the truth.
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Thanks for sticking with me through this post. Once I get typing, sometimes I just can't stop! God bless you all! -Steve