With the Lord’s gracious goodness, as 2013 arrives, several important personal milestones have been reached.
- It was in the summer of 1993 that the Lord saw fit to save my soul. By October of 1994 I became a member of Mon-Aetna Baptist Church. Thus in the next two years I will celebrate consecutively the twentieth anniversary of my new birth and membership in the body of Christ.
- In December of 1998 I began to date Caroline Peeler. In May of 2001 she officially before God and witnesses changed her name to Caroline P. Owensby. In 2013 we continue our fifteenth year of dating and twelfth year of marriage. All to the glory of God and testament to his sustaining grace in an age when many couple our age do not make it to marriage or would already be divorced.
- It was in March of 2002 that the church I served as youth and children’s director saw fit under the Lordship of Christ to ordain me to the gospel ministry. Thus as I close 2012 I have firmly entered into my second decade of ministry.
- In September of 2007 Enoree FBC called me to be their pastor by the grace of God. In 2013 I celebrate the important milestone of a sixth year pastoring the same flock of God among me.
- In May of 2012 the Lord opened the door for me to begin my doctoral work. In 2013 I continue the classwork required.
- In July of 2012 we welcomed our fourth (and final) child by birth into our family. We still look to the growth of our family through the eventual marriages of these precious four and the birth of their children. We also would never discount the opportunity the Lord may grant to display a witness to his adoptive love, however we know our biological family has been completed.
In the midst of so many blessings from the Lord, I must remind myself in the words Paul uttered in Philippians that I have not yet laid hold to the greatest prize that lies ahead. Thus my resolution for 2013 will be to press onward to the upward calling of Christ Jesus, in each of these areas remembering that the Lord does not desire the flashiest but ever faithful steward of God’s rich blessings!
Letting the Shepherd Lead,