A few praises

I haven’t had much time to write, but I wanted to share some exciting things that have been happening in my life. First, I have had a friend in Michigan that has been like my big brother for as long as I can remember. I met him when I was 7 or so while he was a student at BJU doing our lawnwork on the weekends. Anyway, through growing up I have continued to maintain our friendship, gain his advice, pray for him and what not. I can’t remember when, but he made some unwise choices while at BJU and got expelled. I prayed that the Lord would bring him back to BJU to finish his degree. God did! He continued to go on to the Michigan State Trooper Academy. I would frequently call to see how it was going since Michigan’s academy is one of the most grueling. I continued to pray for him. I was proud to watch him graduate almost 7 years ago. As time passed, he was a great encouragement to me during the constant struggle of my family life, but more because he would just encourage me to do right, not necessarily bring me back to Jesus for my strength. He always promised me that he would come to my high school graduation. Due to an unwise choice, he missed my high school graduation. At this point, you might be thinking…not much of a friend…but it all happen for a reason. He missed my high school graduation because his daughter was due at any time (She’s going to be 5 this July, and she’s SO precious). While I missed that he missed the exciting times in my life, I am excited now about one thing and one thing only. He has realized the Joy of Christ. He has been saved this whole time, that has never been a doubt of mine, but he hasn’t been enjoying the life of a believer walking in the Spirit’s path. The last few times I have spoken with him I could tell something about him was different….a good different. It was a joy talking to him this week as he was telling me about his new church, about his devotions, his desire to witness, his witness ing experiences, and just an overall joy in God and his life. I can’t begin to tell you what a spriritual refresher it is to know that God answers prayers in the lives of those you love.

Secondly, Jon and I started our new small group. The Lord continues to bless. We were very disappointed when our previous group ended because we had fallen in love with everyone in our group. The leader of the group said he would find something else for us. It had been almost four weeks and we had not heard anything. I began praying that the Lord would help us find something. Our busiest time of the year was approaching, and I knew that the only way to make it through would be to rely on God’s strength. The next day, I was leaving the grocery store, and I ran into a couple who was in our previous group. They invited us to join the group they were starting. We went to our first meeting Sunday, and there were 6 couples there ranging in age from us as the youngest to probably a 55 year-old couple. This past week we told our “background” and there are so many people that I can learn from in that group. Praise the Lord for answering my prayer and answering it so quickly. We will be doing the Peacemaker study that we started in our previous group.

Finally, my sister Becki. As a few of you know, I met with my sister a while back, and I felt like it the meeting didn’t go well….because, well, it didn’t. I continued to pray that the Lord would help our situation because divorce shouldn’t tear the siblings apart. Well, it’s been a long road and still a slow road, but I wanted to share some exciting things. First, Becki and the kids came to my birthday dinner a couple weeks ago. The next weekend, she invited Jon and me to Madelyn’s birthday party and while there gave me a cake and a present, and then they were able to come to a superbowl party at my other sister’s house. The pictures in the link below are of time with all of us together. It was very refreshing, and I really enjoyed spending time with my sister and her kids. http://picasaweb.google.com/ashleigh.sutter/EthanAndMadelyn?authkey=fTZNMFYc2RA#

Of all of the things above, the book I have been reading proves true. Just because you pray for something and don’t see results doesn’t mean that God isn’t working.

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