"The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. "
Zephaniah 3:17

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thankful Thursday - We love these people!

Andrew has been the pastor of First Anna here in North Dallas for 2 years officially this past December. It has been an overall wonderful experience with many ups and downs along the way like we anticipated. We still believe without a doubt that the Lord has called us here and He has given us such a heart for the people of our Church and this community. I will have to post a blog one day soon of the many incredible things God has done in the lives of so many people and our Church since we have been here. They would blow you away! That is one of the greatest things about being a pastor's wife is seeing lives literally transform in front of you as God takes a hold of people's hearts. It is amazing and I praise the Lord that He allows us to have a front row seat in this adventure of ministry. There have been very hard days and sometimes seasons here as well. Days when you feel as though you just aren't doing enough or when you feel as though you have failed. The enemy is alive and well in this city and he has been trying as hard as he can to create divisive hearts and destroy what the Lord is doing here. I am telling you, this is such a crazy ride of extreme highs and lows, but we are so grateful for God's protection and His vision and purpose. I am saying all this to mainly point out that there are other people the Lord has also called to this Church that we wouldn't have been able to get though last year without: our staff. What amazing people! In '09 we pretty much did a fruit basket turn over where our staff is involved and Andrew and I look around now and we honestly can't believe how much the Lord has blessed us with these people He literally dropped in our laps as an answer to prayer to serve alongside us in ministry. God is so good! I am so excited to brag on and about them!

This is Jonathan and Brista and Susie and Jeremy. We had the privilege of walking Jonathan and Brista through 8 weeks of premarital counselling last spring before they married in May and Andrew performed their beautiful wedding. Tuesday nights were so fun and we loved every minute pouring into this awesome couple and building a neat relationship with them in the process. Jonathan is our worship leader and wow - he is so great at it! He takes us to the throne room of God each and every week through worship and his heart and passion for the Lord is right on! Brista is fabulous and has already made Jonathan a better man (wink, wink!)

Susie is our incredible new children's minister and I am telling you, she is AMAZING! The story is crazy of how she ended up on our staff: Her and her sweet family (Jeremy and 4 kiddos) already lived in Anna and she was on staff at a church in Mckinney. One of my bff's worked/went to church with her and she told me randomly one day about Susie. Their church had to move one of their campuses and that led to them having to let Susie go b/c there was already a children's minister at the main campus. We immediately started praying after I found that fact out and Andrew called her a few days later for an informal interview. We knew from the second we met her that she was perfect! And she is!! Susie gets a lot of doses of our family b/c all of our kiddos are in her ministry (she handles it really well! ;) She has done an amazing job with what we have thrown at her. And even though her head has probably been spinning since last August and her family was hit with a major tragedy of losing her sister last fall, we know without a doubt that the Lord wanted her here for a purpose and we are so grateful. Jeremy is one awesome guy with a servant's heart and he has been more than involved helping out his wife and our church since they have been here. I am telling you! Both of these couples have blessed us more than we can say!

This is Zach and Louise (get to Zach in a minute). Lousie has stepped into the position of our Church secretary (if I am not mistaken, the 1st secretary our Church has had in a very long time) and she is absolutely FABULOUS!!! I can't even begin to tell you how much this woman has been a blessing to Andrew, our staff, our Church and the Werley family! We love everything about Louise and praise God daily for bringing her to our Church and for helping get everything in order and organized. (We needed so much help in this area! Thanks also to Karen who is not pictured for helping/saving us on the financial/business side of it all. You are one amazing woman and we love you and your sweet family TONS!) Louise has an incredible spirit about her and a love for the Lord that is contagious if you are around her. She is so fun and encouraging and has been there for us so many times. We are so sad that she will be leaving us this summer after she gets married and moves back to east Texas, but we are soaking up everything we can while she is here!

Just wanted to throw in this pic of my sweet hubby doing one of his favorite hobbies these days - tweeting. :) Also wanted to take this opportunity to say what an awesome pastor he has been for me and all of First Anna. His leadership and teaching has transformed so many hearts so that our Church doesn't even look the same as it did when we first came here through the Lord's power and grace. Thank you for being real every day at home and for being transparent and letting God lead you each and every week as you guide this flock of people the Lord has entrusted you with. I would follow you anywhere and I am so proud of you!

This Zach and his beautiful bride Ashley. Zach has done such a great job with our youth group this past fall. He came in and hit the ground running with so many great ideas and it is evident that he has the hearts of our high school and junior high students. He is such a hard worker with a servant's heart and really has become Andrew's right hand man in so many situations and conversations. He is perfect for Andrew in that way! Ashley is awesome and we have had a lot of fun hanging out with and without our kiddos in tow. I love the heart she has for the girl's in our youth group and she has to be one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met. We are continuously blessed and sharpened by this couple! Thank you for serving beside us - we are so thankful for each of you!

This was such a fun Thankful Thursday for me and one that has been stirring for a while now. You can't do ministry without incredible people surrounding you with the same passion and desires that you have. We know that the Lord has pieced together the perfect formula of staff for this season of First Anna and we are forever grateful! Again, the Lord met needs that we didn't even realized we had! Don't you just love it when He does that?! Thanks for reading!