Sunday, December 7, 2014

FORTY

This man.

Today is his birthday.
Today he turns 40.

I never get tired of celebrating his life.
He is such a gift.

He lives everyday all-in and out-loud.

No matter who is around and no matter what the situation,
Keith doesn't know how to be anyone other than Keith.
And I love that!

He has such an amazing heart.

He loves Jesus and has committed his life to serving His church.
He cares deeply about people and desires to help them live out their calling.
He supports and sacrifices for his family and I am certain there isn't anything he wouldn't do for us.

Together, we have two boys.
One five. One fifteen.
They both adore him and I pray they grow up to be just like him!

This man.

There is no one in the world I love more.
There is no one in the world I would rather do life with.
There is no one in the world I have more respect for than this man.

Happy 40th Birthday, Keith!
You make me smile.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

TRANSITION

After twenty-one years of Student Ministry, we are saying good-bye.

We have served at five different churches in five different states.
We have had to say good-bye more times than we care to remember.
But this is different.

This has been our life.
This has been our calling.

Over the years, we have had the honor and privilege to love, support, hang out with, and point thousands of students to Jesus. We have watched them grow up right before our eyes and we have loved them like they were our own kids. To imagine life any other way seems impossible.

I am so honored that their parents trusted us with their children by allowing them to come to our home weekly for Bible study, by sending them with us as we did mission projects, youth camps, leadership conferences and weekend retreats. Thank you, parents, for believing in and trusting us with your most prized possessions. Thank you for allowing us to partner with you. The seriousness of that responsibility is not lost on us.

For those of you with teenagers in your home, I pray that you will see them the way Keith and I see them. They are not your little boy or little girl. They are leaders. They are world changers. They are the Pastors, the CEOs, the business men/women, the Moms/Dads, the teachers of their generation. They each have a unique calling on their life and God wants to use them to change their world!

If you were in our Student Ministry at one time or another, please know that we dearly love you. You changed us. We would not be who we are today without your influence in our lives.

Some of you surrendered your lives to Jesus and are serving in ministry/missions.
We are so proud of you!
Some of you are husbands/wives and you are working to have a Biblical marriage.
We are so proud of you!
Some of you are Moms and Dads and you are pointing your children to Jesus.
We are so proud of you!
Some of you had the deck stacked against you and you changed your family tree.
We are so proud of you!
Some of you are working hard in the workplace supporting your self/family.
We are so proud of you!

And some of you, you're struggling. Somewhere along the way you took your eyes off of Jesus. Please come home. The body of Christ needs you. Your church needs you.
We will always love you and believe in you!

In the last twenty-one years, we have had hundreds and hundreds of Youth Workers, Associates, Interns and Admins that have been like family. You sacrificially gave of your time and energy to serve Students. You were the foundation. You were the heroes. We came and left and many of you stayed the course. It has been such an honor to do life with each and every one of you. Words can not express how much we loved serving along side you and seeing how God used your unique giftedness to serve the body of Christ. Thank you for loving and supporting us all of these years. Sometimes up close and sometimes from a distance. We will never be the same because of you!

So what's next for our family?
We are staying at Cross Church and in the next month, Keith will transition from Student Ministry to Marriage Ministry.

God sort of snuck up on us.
He has been using our struggles the last few years to turn our hearts.
He has given us a burden for Marriages and Families.
Specifically, a burden to help couples build a strong foundation based on the authority of God's Word.

Doing life with students the last twenty-one years, we have hugged, cried with, and ministered to hundreds and hundreds of kids whose hearts were shattered because their families were falling apart.  This transition allows us to do Student Ministry from a different angle.  We get to love and support the people who have the single most influence on their lives.  We get to grab a shovel and help their parents dig through the dirt and gravel that Satan throws their way as they work hard to build a solid foundation for their family and the thousands of generations to come.

We are excited.
We are scared.
We are humbled that God would choose to continue to use us.

Please pray for our family as we make this transition.

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