Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Thank you for your prayer support and encouragement. Brad and i arrived safely in Tulsa, and are hanging out at the Awe Star offices right now. It is good to be with this family. I miss mine already, but know the Lord will provide for each of us.

We are tired, but in good spirits, and looking forward to meeting many new people! My schedule will be very unregulated for a time, so please hang in with me until I can figure a time to write.

God bless you!



At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

im soo glad you arrived safely and i hope you will adjust well! miss you soo much!!! :-)
with love, danielle

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Thank God for safe travels!!

At 11:14 PM, Blogger Lattany said...

Glad to hear you arrived safely.

I was separated from my family during the last two weeks while we went through a very difficult time. My eighteen month-old nephew underwent his sixth open-heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect and we nearly lost him. All this time, I was in Mexico with little to no access to a cell phone signal and any idea of what was going on back home.

During this time, not only was I forced to turn completely to God but I spent some time studying and meditating on His omnipresence and His promise to never forsake us. How comforting it is to know that He is in no way limited by distance, by time zones that complicate getting in-touch, by airline troubles that seem to make the distance that much greater, or by anything else. We are bonded together by a covenant connection that transcends all these things -- the communion that was brought to us through the forsaking of His own Son.

We are able to live in constant fellowship with Him, talking and asking of Him and having these prayers answered, knowing that He will "never leave nor forsake" us because there is One who He did forsake and one prayer He didn't answer. When His Son cried out, "Father, if there's any way, take this cup from me." the Father replied with silence. As His Beloved hung pierced on the cross, the Father turned His face. Because His prayer was not answered, mine are. Because He was forsaken, I will never be forsaken.

As with temptation and pain and other such things, I was comforted to think that separation is not something that Jesus was unfamiliar with. In fact, He knew a separation greater than any I will ever know -- separation from the Father. Not only was He in a place that was not His home with a ministry that seemed to result in trouble for Him everywhere He went, He was separated from His true family and His heavenly Father.

I find it interesting that when Jesus was falsely accused, He didn't protest or react. When He was falsely condemned, He didn't protest or react. When He was flogged, He didn't protest or react. When He had nails driven through His hands and feet and hung on a cross, He didn't protest or react. It was when the Father turned His back on His Son that Jesus couldn't take it any longer and cried out, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"

Because of this, God can look on my sinful self and see only the redemption brought by the forsaking of His son.

Just a lot of my (one hour before) midnight ramblings. I can't imagine the difficulty of being physically separated from your son and now the rest of your family for a time, but it brings me peace to know that I can pray for God to draw near to you through the sacrifice brought by forsaking through His Son.



At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May you bless the souls of those you seek for the glory of the Father! May the sacrifices that you are making bless your family tenfold! May God keep you and yours safe, surrounded by His loving care!

At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like Whitney can carry the reigns quite well while you are figuring out your schedule!! Please don't feel like you have to write every day now. We will all understand. Perhaps you may need to consider doing a once a week post. I know everyone would understand. I didn't expect you to keep up this pace once you began your new work. You do whatever is best for you - if it means writing daily, then please do it. If not, that is fine too.
Blessings on you today and throughout this new journey! We are so blessed to see what God is doing in your life!!
Love you much!

At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is encouraging to hear.
Praying for all of you.

At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I almost cannot stand to come to this website and read your postings and the the postings of those that love you. It touches my heart so deeply. I already miss you so much Brent. I loved seeing your passion for the Lord. Your vulnerability on display for the sake of drawing others to Christ. I was drawn to you because you are a reflection of Christ. Selfishly, I don't want you leaving our church, but I know it's not about me, nor should it be. It's all about Christ. I pray that I can learn from the example that you have set and be bold for Christ. I want others to see Christ in me like I see Him in you. I'll miss you terribly, but I'll also be praying for you ceaselessly.

Your Sister in Christ

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey dad--

i'm glad the move was good. i'm still praying for transitions..and your girls and wife while they're still home!


At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey brent! im sorry i missed you on sunday but, we will see each other again someday. if not, then in heaven! i cant wait to get there. ;) have a blessed time, im so happy you made it safely! i love you guys!

At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you guys recover from Bj's mourning, I really have YOUR family in my heart, I pray for you and your Family.

At 12:59 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Glad to hear you're safe... I pray for the awesome things got will continue to do in ministry through your family!

At 5:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and God Bless you
Greenfield, Indiana


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