Saturday, December 16, 2017

Florida in December

About two weeks ago we left home for a trip south. We usually don't go to Florida until February, but there was a Gospel Express ministry going into prisons in December.  So we took a little pre-Christmas tour.  Since there was work in the fields that still needed to be done at home, we left on our first trip without Matthias.  This meant that we had to practice every chance we had on the way down since he plays a major role in our music! 

Ready for our first service! We had the privilege of singing at 3 different prisons while we were  there. The first few concerts were stretching for those that had to step up into Matthias' part, but God gave grace!  We pray that He was glorified and used the music and message to work in the men's hearts.

Then we went down to Orlando which is one of our favorite places to visit, mostly because our brother Andrew and his wife Kori live there! It is so good to be with family!  We also had the privilege of singing at First Baptist Winter Garden, a delightfully friendly church.  We greatly enjoyed their fellowship before and after the service.  The church's stately 1800's brick building was a fabulous venue in which to worship.   We also were blessed to share at chapel for Foundation Academy the church's high school.  Several teachers told us that this was, for many of the students, their first introduction to bluegrass music!  It is a wonderful venue to share the Gospel and to lift hearts in praise to God.

When we drove home we stopped by Branson for a bit, because it has been a second home to us. It was extra special having Andrew, Kori and Matthias join us for those 2 days.

As we traveled home in the bus we started talking about life. Our goals, our concerns, and what really is important. We are so grateful for where God has put us and for the people He has placed in our lives. But we want to do more than just have fun together, we want to make a difference! And so as we finish up this year and look forward to 2018, we are praying that God will give us an outward focus. That He would do the work in our own lives, so that we could reach people in need. That we would serve with love and sincerity, that we would sing for His glory and share what He has done in our lives. We don't want this blog or the music we sing to be about us. We have our struggles just like the next family. But we serve a great God and that is worth sharing!

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12 :1&2


Clara Johnson said...

So much fun to hear about what y'all are doing! Thank you for posting those Thanksgiving pictures too. Your family is such an encouragement to me and my family. Can't wait till y'all come back to SC!
Oh, and I love the head peeking in on the 4th picture!

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