Monday, January 2, 2017

Why the Name?

Over the past couple of years, Karla and I have been praying and asking the Lord for guidance. We loved our ministry at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Community in Cedar Park, Texas, and missed our faith family there so very much. We did not know why we were leaving our faith family and moving to a place where we had no family or friends.

Just as God commanded Abram (later Abraham) to pack up everything and move from Haran to Canaan, God commanded us to move from our comfort zone in Cedar Park, Texas, to Newnan, Georgia. Although we did not understand the why part of the command, we knew that God had plans for prosperity and that no harm would come to us. We trusted Him daily and knew that He would meet our daily needs just like He had done for the children was they wandered in the wilderness. Manna to eat, water to drink and pillars of cloud and fire to guide us.

The one thing that we always remembered is that God's grace would see us through whatever we faced. No matter what the challenge was we knew with unwavering certainty that God's grace, although undeserved, would see us through.

My father's favorite hymn was "Amazing Grace". The words are so beautiful and they illustrate what God continues to do in our lives. God revealed that wonderful and amazing grace to me in a very short passage in 1 Peter.

As I was reading 1 Peter 5, God spoke to me and gave me the name of our ministry. Here is the verse that God placed on my heart.

I have written and sent this short letter to you with the help of Silas, whom I commend to you as a faithful brother. My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God's grace for you. Stand firm in this grace. 1 Peter 5:12 (NLT)

The very last sentence struck that chord in my heart. We need to stand firm in His grace each day and know beyond a shadow of doubt that He will provide, guide, protect, heal and love us.

That is how this ministry received not only its name but also its call to serve. We stand firm in His Grace.

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