Thank you all for your support and prayers over the last few months. We had a wonderful break over the winter as we made the most of an opportunity to travel to Europe, the UK and SE Asia. One of the many enjoyable parts of our trip was exploring Heidelberg with Chris’ dad. The picture above was taken outside the theological library at the university of Heidelberg where Paul spent many hours studying. It was great to see Heidelberg with someone who had lived there! I hope that we will be able to share more about our travels as we see you individually and in various blog posts in the coming months.
For now though, we have started back into college life. It has been fun to get stuck into some new subjects, and also a challenge as we both take on extra classes this semester. We are greatly looking forward to the semester though, and praying that God will use our learning to make us more like Him. This semester Chris will be taking: Romans exegesis, Wisdom literature, Evangelical church history, Theology and Hebrew. I will be taking Old Testament, Ethics, Theology and 8th Century Prophets exegesis. Feel free to ask us how we are going if you’re interested!
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. — Matthew 6:28–34
The biggest challenge since we returned home has been with plans for 2013. Unfortunately work opportunities that had been falling into place over the past few months fell through and I have had to start over with a job search for 2013. The passage above from Matthew was preached on this week in a chapel service. It was a great reminder from God that he cares for every area of our lives and will not leave us stranded. Please pray that we will be faithfully seeking first God’s kingdom and righteousness trusting in Him to guide our next steps. It’s harder than it sounds!
Thanks for your support, please let us know that you’re out there!
Gill (and Chris)