Overwhelmed

God's LoveI am feeling so overwhelmed by God’s love for me. We are so blessed to have such great friends and family who love us dearly. A few weeks ago we were singing the song “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” by Stuart Townend and I was blown away by these words that I have sung several times.

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

I know with my whole heart not only that God is very real, but I also know that He sent His Son to the earth to pay the ransom for my sins. As I sang those words I was fighting back tears just thinking about how awesome God is.

My life has not always been easy and I would even daresay that since I became a Christ follower that my life has been even more difficult than before. However, I would not want to change a single thing. I am so much better off for it. I love the fact that God has given me freedom, because it is so much better than the “happiness” that the world was offering me.

This week is going to be kind of crazy for Kimmy and myself. We are having a going away party with some of the people from our church on Thursday, then a going away party with some of the people from the church where I was a youth pastor on Friday, and then a birthday/going away party for our kid’s friends on Saturday. So it will be three straight days of “goodbyes”, but we will still have two weeks left until we actually leave for Cincinnati and our new home on August 10th. We are going to miss everyone and have been so blessed by having all of these friends in our lives.

I am also overwhelmed with how much we have been embraced by the church that we are heading to. I had an idea of the church that we would end up at, but never really thought it would be like this. I know that my family is going to be so blessed and well taken care of by our new church family. I have no fears or worries about me moving my family almost 300 miles south. We have such a peace about this move.

I have also been fortunate because the wonders of social networking websites like Facebook, because it has allowed us to connect with some of our new friends at The River. It is so nice to already begin developing friendships with them before we even move down there.

It really is amazing that when you put your all into God’s hands and trust His guidance for your life that things work out so wonderfully. It may not be the smoothest or easiest path, but it is definitely the best way. Besides who likes to take the easy way anyway? It is so boring and smooth. I prefer the bumps and curves. Just call me a glutton for punishment. 🙂

You can listen to the song “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” below.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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