November is just around the corner, our kids are back in school after two weeks off of school, we have internet access again, our car is running after a short hiatus, and I am getting our life back on track. Once I get out from under the mountain of laundry and school projects (vocabulary hats! leaf collection! pajama day!), I will post a more general update as well as James's final post in his current series. In the meantime, I listened to the first in J.D. Greear's sermon series, "Multiply." This portion really struck me, for obvious reasons. I hope you're as encouraged by it as I was.
Becoming a Christ-follower means viewing everything in your life as something given to you by God as something to be multiplied for His kingdom...I don’t care who you are, God has put things in your life that He intends for you to multiply...if God has put pain in your life, God intends for you to multiply the blessing that comes through that pain by turning it into testimony of God’s goodness and His faithfulness in the time of trial. You see what it means to be a Christ-follower is you say, “God, if you give me prosperity, I’ll leverage that prosperity for the advance of your Kingdom. And if you give me pain, then I’ll turn my pain into a testimony of Your goodness and faithfulness in the worst situations in life.”