Planning, Praying and Adjusting
“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps” Proverbs 16:9, NLT
As a pastor, I often get asked the question, “How do I know what God wants me to do?” The answer I typically give is “Pray, look to His word, look to your circumstances and seek godly counsel.” We’ve been putting that answer to the test lately, and to be honest, it’s left us all a bit surprised.
Recently, after much prayer, Staci and I have felt strongly that God is leading us in a new direction. Rather than move forward with Convergence Community Church in Menifee or the Temecula Valley, we will be packing up the family and moving back to San Diego. I’m sure that this comes as a shock to many of you, as it has to us.
We are excited about what God has in store for us there. It was eleven years ago this month that we moved to Temecula. Staci and I had no home to live in, no children and only the hope of a new church plant to fuel our fire. In our time here we’ve lived in two homes, birthed four children, helped plant numerous churches and learned to let Jesus alone be the fuel for our fire. It is with these treasures, a similar hope and the fire of Christ that we return to San Diego!
When we began this C3 journey so many months ago, Prov. 16:9 was our verse.
While our plans have changed, we know that it is at the Lords hand. (Prov. 16:9) While we are disappointed, we know that “all things… work together for good… according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28) And while we are unsure of what lies ahead, we know that “The Lord Himself goes before us and will be with us…” (Deut. 31:8)
We are so grateful for all of the support that we’ve received from so many of you over the last nine months. God has used you to encourage and support us every step of the way. We don’t take this decision lightly, nor the prayers that you’ve offered up on our behalf. We ask that you continue to pray for us and our transition, as we will for you.
6 thoughts on “Mama, I’m coming home!”
Wherever you go, God will be great through you. I am so grateful for the time you have given to Generations, and alongside Pastor Ryan and all of the ministries. Your gifts are so profound, and I am so grateful to know you…a little bit. 🙂 More to come…Maranatha. Bless you, Eric!
Awesome!!! You never really know what God has planned. Guess I better get those drums!!!
You know that Gerry and I love you and Staci, and we are praying for you and will continue to. We pray that this is the move the Lord has for you, and we know he will bless you guys. We will kiss you, but we do get to San Diego often!
Following his leading is hard to do at times, grateful you are listening carefully, I know great things are in store for the family!
Looking forward to what the Lord will do in and through your lives. Thanks for your example of faith and obedience!
Thank you so much for the support! God is already doing some crazy things. I can’t wait to share them with you.