This picture makes me smile. Levi was at a friend's pool party this summer. The friend happened to be a girl, and she was in the middle of opening up very girl-like presents. All of this is very new to my boys, girls presents at a girl's party. Luke was nervously waiting for the presents to be over and to get on with the cannonballs. Levi, however, had this look on his face the entire time.
Sheer wonder at something he is admittedly clueless about...
My dad asked a week and a half ago what would it take to have Jeff get a full paycheck again. Jeff answered $12,000. We had just found out donors had given above and beyond the normal amount this month to get us to 50% pay for Feb and some additional had been pledged for March. If love could write a check it would have been given the moment my dad heard the amount. My dad's heart may be physically ailing right now but it is ferocious in it's faith and love. He said he would pray and he did. Others did too. Three days later we answered a knock on the door after dinner. It was not a high school kid but someone grinning holding a check. A check for $12,000. And we stood looking like Levi above realizing we are indeed provided for. This was not a person who had seen a club or campaigners. They had never been to a Culpeper, YL Banquet but they felt led to give an incredibly large amount out of love.
We continue to walk out the day to day of YL, Culpeper here while trying to stay faithful to what He is calling us to next. We continue to be full of faith that God is able to provide for Basque while knowing finances may be the door He chooses to close to redirect us. We wait in hope, sometimes feeble faith, and an amazing amount of love and support. Thank you for praying for us, standing with us, and letting us live out these steps of faith in a very messy way.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."