Last year at this time my life, our life, looked DRASTICALLY different! We were on staff @ BAF in TEXAS, had one child and waiting on God to move in several areas of our life. Last year I celebrated my birthday in TEXAS with two precious friends, had dinner with TEXAS Pastor's wives...and had a NORMAL TEXAS Birthday!
This year...on my birthday, which was Tuesday...I couldn't help but be SO emotional as I reflected back on my life over the past year. This year wasn't a TEXAS birthday but a full fledged GEORGIA birthday! Jason asked me last week what I wanted for my birthday and I couldn't really think of anything because my heart is SO full, this season of life we are in is MORE than I could have ever imagined. I am humbled that God allows me to love him, I'm so imperfect yet he desires ME and I desire HIM. God has shown me more about HIM in the past year than I ever thought possible.
He has blessed us with a little girl who was TOTALLY created to be a part of our family. Jackson is thriving in his new school and he is CRAZY about RevKids, I love that he is EXCITED to go to church! God has given me friendships here in GA that are priceless treasures to me! I have to remind myself that I have only been friends with them for 6 months, cause it feels like we have been friends for YEARS! I'm getting to watch my precious husband Pastor a church, not a church we planted, which we thought that would be our path, but instead a church that we have adopted as our own. We love the people as if we have served with them for the 6 years the church has been alive!
I'm more in love with Jesus and his people then ever before!
Our long adoption journey, the times I thought that Christ had forgotten that HE placed adoption in our hearts, the times where I thought God would NEVER move in our lives again...the moments where I wanted to give up in ministry...all of those times where I felt desperate for HIM...on THIS side of that season of life...I'm glad I didn't give up! I'm glad Jason and I worked HARD to love Jesus even when we didn't understand what he was teaching us. I'm thankful that as we pursue Jesus he refines us to LOOK JUST LIKE HIM!
My life is SO different this year...and yet HE remains the same GOD!
If you are in the adoption process, be encouraged, HE HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU! HE IS the same God that put the burden in your heart for the hurting, for the orphan! He WILL deliver in HIS TIME! His time is precious...DO NOT let Satan tell you any different! Please let me know if I can pray for you during this time of waiting, you can email me at LindseyLGerdes@gmail. com!
If you are pastor's wife, PRAY FOR YOUR HUSBAND! Love and Support him. He has a huge weight to bare and he needs to know you are 100% behind him & beside him. Love the people you have the honor to serve...YOU are there to SERVE...not be served! Love and Touch as many people on a Sunday as you can! BE REAL and HONEST but most of all SHOW THEM YOUR SAVIOR! He is SO worthy to be talked about...LIVE YOUR FAITH OUT LOUD!
***Being a Pastors Wife and the Adoption Process...both are journeys that are tied to immeasurable blessings...but can also develop a feeling of loneliness! So if there is any way that I can lift you up in prayer, please don't hesitate to share! You are loved sweet friend, God has HUGE things for your life.
You never know...NEXT YEAR @ this time...your life could look SO DIFFERENT!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Well what a summer we have had! God has done more in my heart in 8 months of Natalie's arrival and our move to GA...then I ever thought possible! School has started back and a routine will now be my best friend :) I promise to catch up on our life...God has been so good to us!