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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Battle is Waging

Here we are, just a few days away from beginning the next phase of our journey. I want to take a moment to update you on the latest and then let you know how you can be praying for us. Last week our van, the one we use to pull our trailer. The one we were set to use to go wherever the Lord led us, the engine went out on it. This was a tough blow. The Lord wanted to get us to a point where our dependence was completely on Him. But He provided us with a newer vehicle, one that is a little more durable and will have no problem towing anything we need it to anywhere in the United States. Two days after purchasing this vehicle, He also provided us with a renter, who will cover our house expenses for at least a year. Now, our focus can be on what lies ahead and not on unfinished business in Minneapolis. We also gave away all of our furniture. We have about a dozen bins in the rafters of the garage left to come back for later. Other than that, we have a trunk and trailer full of stuff and our trust in God. So we are about ready to go.

One of the things Jean and I both agreed upon was to approach this last week not just as a week to prepare to leave, but as a week to prepare for something else. I do not have the luxury of just going and resting somewhere, because I need to be focused and alert to how the Holy Spirit is leading my family. Will you say a prayer for us? We are finding it difficult to transition. Moving is a lot more work than we realized and given we don't know where we are going, what we will need, or how long we will be on the road, it is tough to decide what to keep, what to store and what to give away. Also, the spiritual opposition we are facing has been intensified. I am used to the warfare given the type of ministry I do, but it has been turned up a few notches the last couple of weeks. We are dealing with poor nights of sleep, extra cranky and defiant children, as well as temptations.

So as we spend the next few days finishing up preparing, will you commit to praying for us? I have prayed everyday that every member of my family would be covered in the blood of Jesus. I have prayed for faith to increase and for the peace of God to overtake any worry and doubt. And I have prayed for the courage to keep moving forward when the temptations come to retreat and go back. Will you join me in this journey of prayer? And come back in a few days to find out how God is answewring your prayers and ours. God Bless!

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