Truth 4 Utah Mission Update #22 – August and September 2022
Whom have I in heaven but You?And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. 26 My flesh and my heart fail;But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27 For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry. 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God;I have put my trust in the Lord God, That I may declare all Your works. – Psalm 73:25-28
Dear Family & Friends,
Pretty safe to say we can all relate to David as he looks at others around him and sees their success or the blessings of their life even when they don’t serve God and feels confused, frustrated, discouraged or even angry. Do you ever feel like you’re just trying to love and serve God, but it seems like others have better circumstances or that it just costs too much?
The emotional roller coaster of life can be so difficult to navigate. In a world where everything is distorted by sin, we must cling to truth and to God Himself. David is honest with the Lord here about how he is feeling. He doesn’t sugar coat it, yet at the same time, he speaks truth to Himself. The truth is God is our strength and our portion forever. It does cost a lot to serve the Lord–it requires a willingness to lay down everything if necessary. It’s been a hard season for us in some different ways and there are times when we just don’t want to keep going, but by God’s grace, we’re learning to cling desperately to Him and to declare His faithfulness and His truth in the midst of the waves of life.
I’m not sure where you and those close to you are emotionally or spiritually. I’m not sure where the people in your life are either, but may each one of us rise each day and seek God’s face. May we cast ourselves and our cares at His feet because He not only cares for us, but He is able!
Since school started back up, the pace is moving. The kids are still in their various activities with horseback riding, gymnastics, and football. We are doing a homeschooling co-op that meets once a week. It’s a wonderful blessing even though it means a long day at the end of long weeks for AnneMarie and the kiddos. It’s a gift to have a group of like-minded believers in a place where there aren’t many. We praise God for His faithfulness.
There are plenty of challenges raising kids. Some days, it just seems so overwhelming and you’re not sure how you’ve survived, but God’s grace is fresh and they are such a joy. It is a great blessing to raise them even though it is also a tremendous responsibility.
The oldest two kids are growing up enough to be able to watch the younger ones for short periods of time. They have been a huge help! AnneMarie and I have been able to go on some small dates and take care of some things that come up along the way.
We went with some friends from church last week into the mountains to enjoy a cool fall evening. We had a fire, did smores, and relaxed… mostly (lol)
Our neighborhood also did a snack and stroll where several houses offered snacks in their yards and we popped in to say hi. Our next-door neighbors invited us to go with them and so it was good to hang out for a bit.
Little Noelle is just as sweet as can be and we’re so thankful for her! She is starting to crawl around everywhere which is really cute but also requires a lot of extra attention.
Gospel Seeds & Opportunities
There are so many conversations at work going on. It’s amazing to see God open up doors and to give wisdom at the right moment for the right people.
AnneMarie had a conversation with a guy in the park about God and pointed him to truth. She also has influenced our mormon friends from next door so much that when our neighbor gave a talk about grace at the mormon church, she told them about AnneMarie and how she has really helped change her understanding of grace.
I’m also teaching a biblical apologetics class for jr. high/high school on Fridays at the co-op. This is an opportunity to invest in those kids, support their parents and prepare them to be a light right here in Utah as they grow.
Haven’t seen anyone come to Christ yet, but we’re looking expectantly to when God does that work! Again, we did launch TruthPoint Apologetics | HOME so please visit us there or on social media, and please continue to PRAY!
Wrap-up Not sure how you all are doing, but may God’s grace and truth sustain you and send you into the lost and dying world around you... Remember to bloom where you’re planted and to be ready to go wherever He sends you.
Many blessings to you all in the Lord our God! CONTEND FOR THE FAITH & PREACH THE GOOD NEWS!!
In Light of Eternity,
Corry, AnneMarie, Brendan, Alana, Patrick, Daniel, Emmie, Micah & Noelle