Saturday, July 23, 2011


One of the hardest things about moving to a new community, to Wicklow, has been the lack of connection.  We're not coming into Wicklow to pastor a church, there is no group of people who are loving on us and helping us find our way.  I remember when we first arrived in each of our pastorates.  It was such a joyous time!

Well we have arrived in Wicklow and other than the letting agent and the owners of our home, there are few people who know or even care that we've arrived.  Yet here we are, and I might add we're excited to be here.  

We believe this is exactly where we need to be and already we've met a few of our neighbors.  We've visited with a few of them in their homes and shared tea and biscuits. Oh, what fun! We're just praying God will continue to open doors, making for us a way. This reminds me again of the wonderful words in Proverbs 3, words I first memorized as a child in a program called Caravans.  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him and He will direct your paths."

We're discovering the truth of those words and look forward to where He'll lead.  I wonder, where is God leading you?


  1. I wanted to let you know how much this posting encouraged me. Alot of things have been going on in my life (alas, job searching is not my cup of tea...) lately, and I now find myself on the brink of moving away from all I know to somewhere where I know ABSOLUTELY no one! It's a little frightening. I'm two weeks from my absolute latest departure date and certainly wasn't anticipating moving somewhere that I had no prior connections. In fact, I was pretty much trying to plan to end up where I at least know someone and have a support system already in place. not in God's plans for me at this time. Leap of faith? Yep....going there. Currently have a job, a temporary one, but a to find myself housing. This posting truly reminds me that God is in complete control and He has something planned beyond my imaging! So thanks for the encouragement!
    Sarah Gifford
    Hillsboro, OR (soon to be Casa Grande, AZ)

  2. Sarah,

    I will be praying for you as you move. One of the really wonderful things about moving to a new community is how we're forced out of our comfort zone(no doubt) to rely on Christ. He proves himself faithful! May you discover the sufficiency of God, the power of HIS presence and may he move you to that place where you can discover what is beyond your wildest imagination! (Eph 3:20-21)