Pressing on

As I look back through pictures of our time here in the states we truly have been blessed by the family time we get to have.

Reading with Gpa Kieser
Leman family Vacation
Olgeta sumbodi em bai cum.
(Everyone was there!)
The Zoo with Aunt Em and Uncle Dew

But there are still so many days when I have to keep pressing on. Philippians 3:14 says, “I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

I know it has been a while since I have written anything. And quite honestly it’s because I haven’t been able to find words I feel like would be worth reading.

When we were in PNG I struggled on and off with depression and anxiety. That, at the time, I thought was due to my location and what I had to deal with in life. Now that we are back in the States I have still dealt with depression and anxiety and I would ask myself “why, I’m back in the States now I shouldn’t be dealing with this.” But the Lord shared with me that it isn’t about my location and about where I am it is about my attitude towards the circumstances that I am going through.

The Spirit also shared this with me through a sermon series by Chip Ingram… when we are going through adversity we can be sure that we are doing what the Lord has called us to do. If we are called by the Lord and we are obeying we can be sure that adversity is around the corner to stop us in our tracks.

There have been a few times when Fred and I would talk about how we didn’t feel like it was a mistake that the Lord brought us back to the States when He did. We didn’t necessarily like that we needed to come back when we did, but we have been able to see things along the way that have been a blessing to us and to many family members as well.

All this being said, I want to share that I believe this time in the States has been growing us just as much as being in PNG grew us. In completely different ways, yes, but in deep ways none the less.

God has been growing me in physical ways as well…. 30 weeks along.
We had the opportunity to visit friends in CO and go hiking! Some beauty from our time there.

Thank you all for being patient with us and having grace on us as we all press on in this crazy time. And know that we love you all!

May God bless,

Jodi

2 thoughts on “Pressing on

  1. Yes, God works in us and through us no matter where we are! Love you!!

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  2. Harold and Judy August 30, 2020 — 3:12 am

    Thanks for the update! We love to hear how God is working in your lives. He is faithful! Thanks for being willing to be inconvenienced and uncomfortable for the sake of the gospel, and for submitting to His will in returning to the States for a season. We try to pray for you daily. We love you! You are an encouragement to us!

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