Merry Christmas, y’all.
God surely is gracious, isn’t He? This year has been one of tremendous ups and downs. My heart has broken a thousand times this year as some of my children denied their faith. I beg your prayers for them. However, in midst of such pain, the Lord has reconciled a daughter and myself. This is such a huge thing, something I’d prayed for for so many years. She’s a Christian and our closeness is growing. We’ve enjoyed sweet fellowship together. Never stop praying, y’all. Ever. God truly does answer prayers.
I’ve been working a lot online, expanding my efforts in my groups and pages. If you, sister, would like to join us, you can find the links here. I’d love to have you.
So for anyone who hasn’t heard, we have some exciting news. My oldest son, Tristan, with whom my daughter and I live, has been invited to be the first pastoral student of an eldership in a sound Reformed church in Kentucky.
Their method of teaching harkens back to a time when churches trained their own young men to preach. The pastor of this church in KY knew of Tristan and invited him up for an interview a couple of months ago. After spending the weekend getting to know him and interviewing him thoroughly, they invited him to be their first pastoral trainee.
This is an answer to prayer, y’all. He has long felt called to the pastorate but due to his desire to care for his family, me and my younger children, instead of going to college and seminary (though I encouraged him), he chose to take care of us. But he never quit studying, never stopped praying that one day God would make a way. Tristan worked hard and long, studied through an occasional mentor, read countless books, did online studies, and listened to too many sermons to count. This on top of his regular Bible studies.
For any who don’t know my story and thus why my son gave of himself for us, my husband, and my children’s father, was abusive. He was also unfaithful. Tristan is my oldest son and he did his best through the years to take care of us, protect us, and provide for us. He did for me and my youngest children (and at times his other siblings) what, given our circumstances, we could not do for ourselves.
He is a truly amazing son and brother. We love and respect him to pieces. Tristan loves the Lord, loves his family, is a hard disciplined worker, is very sound in his faith, doesn’t waver left or right but stands on Scripture in all ways.
Please pray that God will provide the funds to get Tristan’s car repaired, to take care of the things that need to be taken care of, in order to get Tristan moved to KY early in the year. Because my daughter and I live with him, we will be doing all we can to help him and this also means we will be moving with him. I am not asking any of y’all for help but if anyone feels called to help Tristan, I have set up a GoFundMe for him.
I truly believe this move, this church, and this position for Tristan will prove to be a tremendous blessing to all of us and, prayerfully, we can serve them in various ways.
Please keep him–and us–in prayer as we navigate the next several months.
Also please continue to pray for my health. I’m slowly improving but everyday still presents physical and health challenges.
And lastly, if you would pray for the provision we need to overcome the financial trials of this past year. With multiple expensive car repairs (and more needed), and various other problems, it’s been a difficult and costly year, despite our very best efforts and frugal ways. Tristan’s been working overtime and my daughter and I have been working towards bringing in extra funds. Please pray that they stretch to cover all that needs to be covered.
I love you, sisters. I’m praying for y’all. I want to keep standing for truth and doing my best to be a Titus 2 woman working to recover true biblical womanhood. Please pray that I am faithful.
Soli Deo Gloria!
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