Welcome to Summer!
2020 is almost half over and in many ways it feels like we’ve experienced a years worth of life in these last few months. How did you spend the weeks of shelter in place? How did God show Himself faithful to you during your extended time at home? What hopeful anticipation do you have for the months ahead? These are all questions I’d love to ask you if we could sit down over coffee or tea at my favorite hangout, Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea, located off Custer and Stacy Road.
Here is an overview of how I would answer each one. As far as ministry, my time was spent looking for creative ways to encourage you online. How did God show Himself faithful? Well, going live everyday for weeks and developing a podcast style interview allowed me to get to know more of the Cottonwood women! As a church we have improved our online offerings, and we have hopeful anticipation for how God will use these new online offerings to share the hope of the Gospel well beyond our local community!
As far as our family is concerned. I spent a great deal of time in March brainstorming with my husband to keep his photography business going and then working like crazy to implement those ideas. We lost 90% of our business in a matter of two weeks. But God showed up big time in providing for our needs. I have so many God stories of how He worked through friends, provided just what was needed to pay that next bill, and honored our efforts to work hard while trusting Him with the results. It has strengthened my hopeful anticipation for what God has in store for us. Some of the ideas we’ve implemented provided new opportunities that wouldn’t have been explored if not for the pandemic shutdown.
Did I like the shutdown? No!
Am I grateful? Yes!
What about you?
If you would, are willing, share your answers to these by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s celebrate the goodness of our God as we head into summer.