On top of the roofAfter two days of unpacking and what felt like endless Ikea building projects (a special thank you to Freeman, the handy man!), we are finally all settled in! It amazes me that it took the same amount of time to fill and “nest” in 400 sq ft as it did when we lived places that were over twice this size! Either way, we are so excited to be here, even more excited to not look at another box for awhile, and grateful for all that God has provided for us in this moving process. We were so blessed to be able to sell some of our “Texas-sized” furniture before we left, which in turn, funded our Uhual and a few of our NYC space-efficient furniture pieces. We are also so thankful that the furniture that we were able to bring from Texas fit! (And makes this apartment feel like home already!) Finally, we could not be more excited about the location of our new home. We love that we will be right in the middle of all the mission team excitement inside the building, and when we stop outside of our building, we are only a few blocks away from the breathtaking Central Park! What a blessing! Our God is good and gives us everything we need and more!!!
And speaking of more…this verse came to mind when we started thinking about all that we have been given in Christ Jesus.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
We love this verse so much because it reminds us that God not only gives us good things, more importantly, he gives us Himself. Even though when we were sinners and dead in our trespasses, God reconciled us to Him through the death and resurrection of his perfect Son. When we believe into Him, we get an amazing gift – the Holy Spirit who is the spirit of Jesus himself living and working in and through us! Like the verse mentioned above, it’s by this power, HIS power, that we are able to do greater things than we ever could have imagined. Our God is a powerful God, and he wants to do powerful things in and through us. What an amazing thing to consider! With that in mind, I have two questions to pose for you that came out of a sermon we heard today:
1) Are you being faithful to God?
2) Are you being fruitful for God?
These are two questions that I want to continually ask myself because we are all going to be faithful to something, and hopefully we are all going to be fruitful in some way, but it is in whom we place our faith and what kind of fruit we are bearing that truly counts. Let’s all make our lives count for something beyond ourselves. Let’s continually remind ourselves of this great gospel message and live in response to it each day!
Oh yeah – and click below to see some pictures of our new place. We would appreciate your prayers this week for wisdom and guidance as we begin to dive into our new roles here at MNYBA!