On a clear morning last June I hiked out to this point on the property of the Kentucky Mountain Mission to pray. I thought; “What should I ask God for?” The future was uncertain to me.
The answer came ringing into my spirit; “Don’t ask me for anything. Just tell me you will go wherever I ask you to go, do whatever I ask you to do, and say whatever I tell you to say.”
That prayer gave be great peace all summer long. God led to me to travel and preach almost every day, usually a couple times a day. I preached 116 times in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, New York and Canada. God met every single need all summer long for our family. He provided what was needed for our daughter Heidi and her children who had fled to us for shelter from an abusive marriage.
Churches in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan expressed serious interest in my becoming their pastor. By autumn I was called to be the Lead Pastor of Bethel Church here in Jackson. Now we have a growing flock to feed and lead and protect and teach and shepherd. We live on our own little two-acre “Bittersweet Farm” where we are surrounded by natural beauty and birdsong, trees and growing things, deer and wild turkey. We can see the sunrise and watch the sunset. We have an open view of the night sky, the stars and waxing and waning of the phases of the moon. In every direction is peaceful beauty.
We lie in our big bed in our upstairs bedroom every night and talk of the goodness of God and thank Him for his great faithfulness.
I’ll go where you want me to go, Lord.
I’ll do what you want me to do.
I’ll say what you want me to say.
I trust you, Lord.
If you call me to something hard,
strengthen me and help me to be faithful.