While you’ll never see my face and you’ll never hear my name, you will undoubtedly hear my heart.  I hope you’ll join my family as we leave all that we know and follow Jesus.  Jesus changed my life and I want others to share in the joy of knowing Him!

There has been sorrow in our lives yet it’s because of that sorrow that our eyes have been opened and we are able to joyfully follow the Lord to be His voice in the darkness.

There is great sorrow as we leave our home, family, and friends, but there is great joy as we surrender our lives to the will of God and see Jesus of greater worth than any earthly possession.

There is deep sorrow for those that have yet to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, yet nothing but joy that we have been chosen to proclaim the gospel to people who are in desperate need of a Savior.

In this heart where sorrow and joy coexist, peace and satisfaction reign. While the sorrow of my past drives me forward, my gaze is fixed on Jesus and not on that which is behind me. Joyfully I follow Him, spurred on by the hope which burns within – a hope that will continue until the return of Christ and the fulfillment of Revelation 21:4…

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain,

for the old order of things has passed away.”

“It is not a sign of a seasoned Christian soul that steady joy is untinged with steady sorrow.

Or to put it positively, the seasoned soul in Christ has a steady joy and a steady sorrow.

They protect each other. Joy is protected from being flippant by steady sorrow. Sorrow is protected from being fatal by steady joy.

And they intensify each other. Joy is made deeper by steady sorrow. Sorrow is made sweeter by steady joy.

For the seasoned Christian soul, I do not see how it can be otherwise while people are perishing and we are saved. I do not see how it can be otherwise while these two passages are written by the same inspired man:

I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. ~Romans 9:2-3

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. ~Philippians 4:4″

~John Piper

Paul says it better than anyone….

“We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;  in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;  in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;  in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;  through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;  known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;  sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”

{2 Corinthians 6:3-10}