Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The lowest valleys join to the highest mountains

It's hard to believe, but in a few short months I won't be working anymore! It wasn't too long ago that I was applying to go back to school to get my teaching certificate and now we're shopping for cribs : ) Talk about a 180 degree turn!

This afternoon while I was thinking of all the changes that have and will take place, I was reminded of Ecclesiastes 3:1 "There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. "

We live in a world of changes and it's easy to see that there is a constant ebb and flow from one extreme to the other. I can't think of one person that wouldn't argue that our lives aren't constantly being altered, and not always seemingly for the good. However, I am reassured by the one thing that is always good and always remains the same...God. All of the changes and events in our lives are determined by God. As difficult as a situation may or may not be, we are to simply take things as they come. It is not in our power to change what is appointed for us. Rather, we are called only to humbly depend upon God and His providence.

Over the last 16 months, I have had a practical lesson on what true reliance on God and His will really means . It was only when I reached the hard conclusion that nothing I could do or say would change our ability to have children that I truly realized what a incredibly tough principle this is to apply in my life and how I was lacking in it. At that valley, I FINALLY understood that the only thing I could do was to continue to hope and rely on God and serve Him as I am called to do. So I prayed. I prayed and prayed and prayed. While I didn't know how my prayers would be answered, I did know that they would be answered. Now, here I am. Preparing for the arrival of two babies, overjoyed, overwhelmed, but incredibly thankful to God and incredibly humbled by these blessings in my and Jeremy's life. God is just as good even if we were never able to conceive and His gift of eternal life is more than any of us deserve. However, just as there will always be times of sorrow, there will also be times of prosperity. May we never place our security in these times though because who can say that tomorrow will be as this day? Instead, may we all trust in the Lord and continue to hope in the promises that He gives. And who knows, sometimes the lowest valleys that the Lord leads us through join to the highest mountains.

The First Lady

Friday, August 24, 2007

We're having a baby...or two!

Well folks,

As you all well know, my wife Sarah and I have been trying to conceive a child for what seems like an eternity. After many months of "temping", stressing, and praying, God has decided in all his wisdom and grace to bless us with not only one, but two children! We are a little intimidated; a little scared, but very grateful.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our cause through prayer, cards, kind words, etc. We are endeared to each one of you and really do appreciate your support.

Please be sure to check the site for updated pics of Sarah's progress!

Thanks again and God Bless!
Jeremy aka J-Money
Mayor of Sloansburg