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A New Season (Part 2)

A new season for our family is about to begin.  Our family, the Valdez family, is moving into our own place.  If you’re confused, you probably haven’t heard about our living situation.

We have had the blessing, and I say “blessing” in all sincerity, of sharing a house with the Babione family for the past 5 and 1/2 months.  If you don’t know exactly what that means, then let me fill you in.  For the past 5 and 1/2 months 4 adults and 6 children have shared the same house.  WHAT?  Yes, you read correctly.  A total of 10 people have lived under the same roof for the last 5 and 1/2 months.  Granted, this house isn’t just any house.  The house we’ve shared has around 2400 sq. ft. of living space.  This space includes 4 bedrooms, 2 and 1/2 bathrooms, 2 living areas, a formal dining room, a large kitchen/dining combo area, and a sun-room.  So there is a good deal of space in the house.

But this post isn’t about the house.  It’s about Jesus.  Isn’t everything?

In making the decision for our families to live together our main purpose, our desire was that Christ would have His way in all of it.  Our desire is Jesus Christ and our desire is for Him to have His desires in us.  We are captured by and for God’s Eternal Purpose. We believe our purpose is wrapped up inside of His purpose, in Christ.  Jesus is the fulfillment of all things.  He is the sum of it all.  He is the center, He is supreme. Just check out John 1 and you should get a pretty good idea of what I’m talking about.

So with that in mind, we set ourselves to knowing Jesus more in and through everything in our lives together.  In these past months, we have heard, seen, and known Christ in ways we’ve never experienced before.  They have been glorious.  We’ve experienced times of refreshing, times of laughter and love, singing and praying.  They have also been gory.  We’ve had nights of tense emotions, frustrations, tears, and anger.  But through it all we each have desired to know Jesus more and to see Him glorified in and through it all.

One particularly gory night stands out in my mind.  Our financial situation looked bleak and we were all very stressed about it.  One night we all had decided to spend some time talking, praying and seeking the Lord about it.  We were trying to communicate with one another, but it just wasn’t going very well.  In fact, it was terrible.  Then there was a long, awkward silence.  We sat and waited.  Each of us determined to know the Lord and see Him have His way in the situation.  The silence must have lasted at least an hour.  But the beautiful thing was that before the night was over, the Lord was having His way in each of us, love was re-kindled and we each experienced Christ in a way we never had before that night.

One particularly glorious night stands out in my mind as well.  Occasionally, after our evening meals we will gather around one of the living areas and just sing and share Christ with one another.  One evening as we were doing so, our daughter wanted to share something with us all.  She made a confession of Christ as the living Son of God and her Lord and desired to be baptized.  There was rejoicing in our house that night, because not only was this an answer to many years of prayer, but the house also has a pool in the back yard, so she was baptized by her mom, with me proudly looking on and recording video of the time.  Bridget took photos while R.C. also shot some video of it.  It was a beautiful time in the Lord.  We as a family were able to share that night with our closest friends simply because we share a house together.

So…

This season will be coming to an end soon, as both of our families will be moving into places of our own in the coming weeks.  I know there are times when each of us think to ourselves about how we’re looking forward to being in our own places and having our “normal” family lives back.  But even in those moments, we have each acknowledged a few simple truths.  We will miss the richness of this experience.  We will miss having a brother or sister in the Lord to fellowship with on a constant basis.  Most of all, we acknowledge that Christ is center, He is supreme, and He is having His way.  And what a glorious Way it is.

“God is after a people who are captured by and for His Eternal Purpose. Find out what it is, and give your life to it.” – Frank Viola

Places to find out more about God’s Eternal Purpose:

From Eternity To Here, A Homeless God, The Eternal Purpose, Why I Love The Church, God Is Always Working Backwards.

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  1. […] short, Tobias posted a little taste about our arrangement, and my wife gave a glimpse into the practical side of it all, so I wanted to […]

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