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.