But our God always knows best. I have been particularly thankful for this time to be with my family in these days of transition. It is with very mixed emotions that we recognize that we could have a little more than five months with Carey before he might leave for the military. Just this week he received a phone call and offer of full appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. We are now (along with thousands of other families across the United States) waiting word to hear if he receives an appointment to the Naval and Air Force Academies. What an intense time these last several months have been with the long application process. Now we wait. In the meantime, Chaili has continued to grow and thrive in her work as a maternal/newborn nurse at one of the hospitals in downtown Nashville. Working night shift is not for everyone, but she has excelled. Indeed, it has been a precious time to be with one another and to walk as a family through these days. There are those moments when I look at them and realize, “It will never be quite like this again. Thank you, Lord, for these days. In the meantime also, we are experiencing our best year yet of online teaching.
As we continue to look ahead, the spring revival schedule with begin soon, starting with our trip to Clearwater, FL in February. We prayerfully hope to produce a new book on John 17 for this summer. There are also some new teaching opportunities that may be on the horizon and which I can share more about as they become more firm. We are also prayerfully looking at the possibility of Mark Strickland and I traveling to SE Asia for two weeks of pastoral training and teaching this summer. Discussions are currently taking place with leaders there. We would appreciate your prayer for all of these opportunities and whatever the Lord may have in mind.
Most of all, I would appreciate your prayer for us, as we do for you, that we would know Jesus more deeply and fully in these days. And as we watch the calendar in these upcoming months and listen for news of where God will direct Carey, it is good to know that Jesus “is before all things, and in Him all things consist (Colossians 1:17).” He is our provision, our peace, and our “glue” in this transition and in every other. All praise to Him, and we pray that you will know the same of Him in these days and in all of your transitions.