Archive for October, 2009

2 Year Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that it has been 2 years (today) since I joined the staff at FBC Keller. I can correctly state:

“I can’t believe it’s only been 2 years!”

and

“I can’t believe it’s already been 2 years!”

On one hand, the Lord has been extremely gracious to us here in Keller. The FBC Keller family has been very welcoming to every member of the Carroll household. Friendships have formed and developed. In some ways, it seems as if we’ve been here a long time. The staff is very gracious of my shortcomings and ignorance. They are supportive and encouraging, often demonstrating their love for us.

On the other hand, time has simply flown by. In addition to church activities, J is playing soccer, and C is playing tee-ball. Each sport  is aiding their development in monumental ways. I have had the joy to be J’s assistant coach for the last few seasons, and frequently help out with C’s tee-ball teams (He’s been on 2 teams now: FL Seminoles & FL Gators).

J is in “Kindergarten” at our church, and C is in a 2-day Pre-K program. They both love it so much! Since they are at the church, I can occasionally peek in on their activities. What a blessing this ministry has been to our family!!

I am most proud of my wonderful wife, with whom I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary in January!! She has found new ways to serve the Lord at church. One of which is working with some ladies to begin a ministry support  group for women who have dealt or are dealing with pregnancy issues. My heart sinks when I think of all the women in this area who have lost children while pregnant or are unable to get pregnant despite their strong desire. The Lord is faithful. He has been to us, and He has been to many families in our church. I in no way minimize the emotional and spiritual roller coaster these circumstances cause for families. Janna and I realized and accepted that “the Lord builds the house,” and we must be honest with Him regarding our feelings and struggles while accepting His sovereignty over life, in both its beginning and ending.

So as to not paint an inaccurate picture, the last two years have not been without struggle. We have struggled with many of the same things that other families are dealing with: illnesses, tension among friends. trials in friends’ lives, family busy-ness, financial instability, loneliness, and the list goes on. In the midst of trials, our prayer has been and is to surround ourselves with those who love God (which includes many who may read this) and to rest in His faithfulness to “build our house” (Psalm 127) and lean on Him with biblical hope according to Romans 5:3-5.

May you recognize the Lord’s graciousness in your life today!! For in triumph or trial, it is by God’s grace, and His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)!

“Unless the Lord builds the house…”

A few weeks ago, my beautiful bride and I attended a class at church aptly entitled “Deuteronomy 6 Academy.” The content of this class centers around the biblical worldview of parenting. As I have been meditating on one of the passages dealt with in the class, I have become burdened by a common notion especially mainstream in America.

Psalm 127, read in its entirety, juxtaposes the building of a physical building and the building of one’s household. The psalmist declares in the first verse, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.” My conviction is that just as, when building a house, plans are carefully thought through and very specific decisions are made. For example, the one in charge of building the house must ask: how many square-feet? how many bedrooms/bathrooms? how many floors? etc.

So, in light of Psalm 127:1, who asks the questions and who answers them? … the Lord, yes? God designs the blueprints for my home (household). I must seek His wisdom and submit to His plan if my family is going to honor Him by being Christ-centered.

“You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” ~ Deut. 6:7-9

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