“The steps of a righteous man are ordered of the Lord.” Every time I read this passage from Psalm 37:23 I’m reminded that my life is not my own and that ultimately, I belong to God. Over these many years, Wendy and I have committed both our individual lives, our marriage, and our family to His calling and purpose. We’ve resolved to travel together down the path that He has set before us and we have entrusted our steps to Him.
It was God’s leading that brought us to Austin in July of 1999. It was also ultimately His plan for our family to find Lake Hills Church where we have served faithfully for the last 12 years (8 of those on staff). The blessings of God have been abundant and I’m convinced that our days at Lake Hills were ordained by God.
Through many months of prayer and Godly counsel we are convinced that God is asking us to travel down a new path, a path that leads us away from the LHC family. Pastor Mac has been more than gracious to us during this process, and has been more than accommodating in giving us the time and space to hear from God.
This decision is the most difficult one we’ve had to make up to this point in our ministry. The difficulty comes not in saying “yes” to the Lord, but in saying goodbye to all the wonderful friends we’ve made at LHC over the years. In our hearts we never thought this day would come. I guess that’s why God has reminded us lately of Proverbs 16:9. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”
In the pain of leaving, there is also joy in what lies ahead. The Lord has been stirring our hearts and we are excited about the new journey He is taking us on. We’ve been part of the Lakeway/Lake Travis community since 2004, and sense that God is leading us to plant a new church in this community that we so dearly love. The range of emotions are overwhelming as we are both excited and scared to death.
We will be sharing more information as God directs our steps. In the meantime, we covet your prayers for clarity as God reveals His vision, provision for our family, and the protection of unity in the body of Christ.
Check the blog for updates, or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like.
Alex, Wendy, Caitlin and Parker