Friday, May 29, 2015

21 Years

21 years ago Charly and I stood together in front of the church, surrounded by our family and friends, and pledged our lives together.
For as long as we both shall live...

21 years ago we were making plans to move to China as a young husband and wife.

Today we are packing up all of our belongings and memories. And preparing to fly the other direction across the globe. With one way tickets.


We have 5 more days here in Lanzhou, followed by 10 final days in Tianjin. To celebrate Joshua's high school graduation with his two best friends from the Tianjin  homeschool group. And to bring closure there.

A lot of life has happened in these 21 years. These past weeks, as I've been sorting through old letters, photos, school work, books, and journals...I've been reliving lots of moments. The highs and the lows. And reflecting on all that God has done in our lives.

A friend shared a great song with Charly and me this week, that I think captures exactly what God is to us right now. We are thankful today on our anniversary that our God is faithful forever. And that His plans are still to prosper. He has not forgotten us. He is with us in the fire and the flood. And He is teaching us to trust in new ways as we begin this new season of our lives.

"Sovereign Over Us"
by Michael W. Smith

There is strength within the sorrow
There is beauty in our tears
And You meet us in our mourning
With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting
You're sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding
You're teaching us to trust

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
You're faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined
Who could understand Your ways
Reigning high above the Heavens
Reaching down in endless grace
You're the lifter of the lowly
Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me
And Your promises are my delight

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
You're faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us
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Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
Even in the valley, You are faithful
You're working for our good
You're working for our good and for Your glory
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Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
You're faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us
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You're faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us 

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