Tonight we had our "Pie & Praise" event tonight at church. It was such a special time to gather with our church family and publicly praise God for all that he has done for us over the past year. We were able to share two very important praises in our life this year - both of which I NEVER thought would happen.
1) We finally sold our house in Nashville in October! We prayed for this to happen for over 5 years, and God taught us so much about patience and faith in the process. It was amazing to see God provide us with renters during that time, and always provide us enough money to pay our mortgage even with our astronomical rent payments in Hawaii and Virginia. Looking back, we can see how God providentially withheld a buyer until just the right time.
2) My younger brother Dustin came to know Jesus this summer! Ever since he was adopted when he was 10 years, Dustin always had a very hard heart towards God and my family. God opened his heart in repentance over the summer, and it is so amazing to see the change in him. He brings his family to church every Sunday, and he shares his faith with anyone who will listen. I had several people come up to me after the service last night and share how encouraging it was to hear about Dustin - they each had siblings that they pray for continually. No one is outside of the reach of the Holy Spirit!