As November arrives our minds shift to thoughts of thankfulness.We begin to prepare for the event of Thanksgiving.We make plans with family and friends.We plan a large meal and for shopping afterward.In other words, we begin to get very busy.Thanksgiving should be a time for gathering with family and friends, but not a time to produce a lot of anxiety and stress.I want to encourage each of us this year to STOP the busyness and reflect on what we are truly thankful for.
Let me go first…
One year ago Julie and I would sit and visit about what we thought was going to happen with our future.We knew we were going to have to move by December 31st, but had no certainty of where we were moving to.We knew God had a plan and we were trusting Him, but that is always easier said than done.We could see God working and we knew He was, but it was still an uncomfortable time.I think that is how the Christian life is though — God gets us out of our comfort zone so that He can grow us, equip us, and so we realize how dependent we truly are upon Him.
I am so thankful I serve a God who truly cares for me and wants the best for me.I am thankful I serve a God who knows what is down the road and is not caught off guard by our circumstances.I am so thankful for a God who provides.I am so thankful to have a loving and supportive wife who is my dearest friend (next to Jesus of course).I am so thankful for three beautiful daughters who constantly remind me of the innocence and faith we should all display as Christians.I am so thankful to be here in Pawhuska and serving with you all at Pawhuska First Baptist Church.Looking back to a year ago, I can see God working and preparing me to come here.I am so thankful to serve in a church where there is a love for God, a love for each other, and a love for our community.Thank you Pawhuska First family for welcoming us in with loving arms.We have truly loved getting to know each of you and look forward to getting to know each of you even better.
I am excited about what God has in store for us here at Pawhuska First Baptist.God has brought us all here together at this time for a mighty work.Be in constant prayer for discernment for understanding of what this work is.“Greater things are yet to be done in this city…”Be constant in prayer.Be actively seeking the welfare of Pawhuska (Jeremiah 29:4-9).In our mission and ministry at Pawhuska FBC, we must truly put Pawhuska First! It is in our name.It isour mission.