As I read Hebrews 11, I see men and women of great faith. One could say that the choices and decisions they made in life did not make sense, but one could definitely say they showed great trust in God.
At the end of 2006 a friend of mine challenged me to live by faith. At first I just thought this sounded cliché, but as he kept talking, there was something that resonated. He basically asked me if I was willing to live a life devoted to God, even if what God asked of me could not be explained.
As my wife and I prayed at the end of that year, we told the Lord He could have our life. We declared to Him that we wanted our life to be explained by only one thing: complete dependence on Him (a life only explained by faith in Christ).
Since that time, much has happened. We planted a church, only to watch it collapse. Even through all of that, God’s hand was with us. I had a vasectomy reversal, and Kelly quickly became pregnant after this procedure. As many of you know, Caleb Micah was stillborn. It was so hard to wrap our arms around this, but even through that, God was with us in the midst of it. We sensed God leading us to pursue adoption, and we did. Every avenue we pursued was not an open door, but we were willing to pursue what God put on our heart. Most recently, He has given us Anna Kate (almost 2), and Emma Hope (almost 10 months). In addition to this, He has had us step out in faith ministry wise and attempt to tear down the idol of internet porn. All of these decisions can only be explained by walking in faith.
I share all that to say this: Kelly is pregnant again, and she is due 4/17/15. I am sure many will read this and be shocked, but we want you to know that God has called us to have a big family to impact His Kingdom for His Glory.
More than anything what we want to do is love Him, obey Him, and live by faith. Be in prayer for us as I continue to tackle internet porn in the strength of the Lord’s might. We have seen God do some amazing things in the lives of men, students, and families. The gospel brings freedom, and we are seeing God bring that with several. Also, we ask that you be in prayer for Kelly and our unborn child. Pregnancy is very hard on Kelly physically. We ask that you pray God’s grace would be enough for her through this pregnancy, and we ask for you to pray God’s hand of protection over our child.
As you read this, may you be inspired to live a life of faith. As you read this, maybe God will encourage you to share with us or someone else what living by faith looks like in your life. Bottom line: May the love of Christ compel us to live a faith life fully surrendered to our Lord!