We are assuming a new role at church. In addition to my husband's company and biology classes, he has accepted the position as interim youth director at our church. One of his best friends is our current youth pastor and has taken another position. He will leave next week and we will step in. I say "we" because every wife knows that with a husband's added responsibility away from home comes a wife's added responsibility in the home. I am very excited to see my husband serve the teens of our church this way. He has a gift and has been working with the high school guys for three years. God has been gracious to dole out blessings in many ways through this ministry and he is needed. He will work 15 hours a week to prepare for the Wednesday night "message", Sunday morning classes, student leaders, and social events. I am very thankful that our new homeschooling venture will lend more time for all of us to be involved in the socials and maybe a retreat. I am going to join him in participating with the high school Sunday school this school year and look forward to small group time with the girls.
My prayer requests would be that we would keep the hedges of protection up consistently to guard our family. (We have set aside certain times for family, time alone, time together as a couple, and will hire someone to help me a little with housework. We are also making time in prayer and the Word the first priority in the morning together.) I pray that our new target for the Evil One will be thwarted by the only One that can protect us from the effects of spiritual warfare. I pray for balance and good stewardship of time for my husband. And I pray that God's kingdom will be built by an increase in faithful followers and strengthened believers in our youth ministry. As I say a lot around here, "...here we go!".