WRITTEN BY JONATHAN
If you don't know this yet, we have an newsletter that we update weekly! We wrote most of what is below in this past weeks email, but after receiving such a great response, we decided to turn it into a blog post! It hits a tender spot in our hearts but we wanted to allow ourselves to be open and even a bit vulnerable with you all. We want everyone to understand that even though we are excited to do what God is calling us to do, this path isn't free of stresses and tears sometimes.
No one said this was going to be easy. No one said it would be easy moving to a foreign country as a young newlywed couple. We never assumed that it would be effortless living out a God sized vision planted by Him in our hearts nor did we assume that it would always be easy to communicate that vision to everyone. We knew this road wouldn't always be exciting. We knew that feelings would well up inside and try to overwhelm us at times and in the spirit of transparency, sometimes it feels way too scary, way too far out of our comfort zone, and that someone else is better suited for something like this. Doubts begin welling up in our minds and Satan begins to whisper little lies into our heads. He tells us that we aren't good enough. People don't actually believe in us. That this should be someone else's journey to take.
What seems hardest is that we know those things aren't true and that this is a path designed just for us, but those lies look so appealing and easy to believe. Easier to believe than some of the hard truths God has presented to us. We'd be lying to you if we said this adventure has been completely free of tears. It's been incredibly trying. But our God is steadfast! Immovable. And so, so faithful. In times when deception rears its ugly head we lean on your prayers and we lean on Him. We don't know the future. We don't know all that lies ahead. Heck, we don't even know what the flat we'll be living in looks like or what the exact address is.
But we do know He's equipped us for such a time as this. But we do know this passion has a purpose. But we do know these two tourists have a real good Tour Guide. So for every lie Satan throws our way we've got a "but" for him to kiss.
We want to to take the time and thank each and every one of you. Friends, you have been our support and prayer warriors through all of this. We love you all so much and can't even begin to thank you properly. Time and time again you have told us how you are excited for us, praying for us, and love us. You have no idea how much that means to us and that it always seems to come at just the right time.
We ask that you continue to pray for us as the days draw closer and the nerves begin to set in. We know God has big things planned for Budapest and we want to be 100% ready for it and with your added prayers and support the weight on our shoulders grows lighter. We couldn't do this without you! We love you!