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Living in Community

May 13, 2009

This week has been a great week for us to experience the grace and power of Christian community. Since I returned from Dallas we’ve had a steady stream of prayers, texts, calls, and helps. In addition to what I listed above, our City Group has served us with abounding grace. Chris is cooking a meal for us tonight, Dodsons are watching our kids for a brief anniversary weekend getaway, the Nixons took our kids yesterday so we could sleep and have some time to talk this trial through, to share our reflections on how God wants to change us through all this.

It’s been remarkable to watch how God has steadied Robie through a scary time, how she is reprioritizing things for the kingdom, and to simply enjoy my most wonderful, precious, companion, friend, wife and mother. I’ve been challenged to trust the Lord with everything from my wife to our church, to fight impatience with grace, to soak in Scripture, to love freely, to live my faith out loud more.

Today is our 9th Wedding Anniversary and man has it been an amazing 9 years! So grateful for Robie. She loves me so well, serves our family so faithfully, and has followed, supported, encouraged, and counseled me through one of my greatest challenges, starting Austin City Life as a very imperfect, broken, limited man. From sewing to running, Robie lives life uncorked, overflowing in joy and creativity. Man, my life would be so boring without her! I love you, hon!

Here’s to nine years of remarkable grace, joy and adventure…and to a community of grace focused on Jesus and living out his mission!

While you are at it, check out Dallas Willard on technology and community.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2009 4:40 pm

    Praise God for your community. When I heard about Robie and that you were headed back home, I knew you would be well taken care of by ACL. Oh, and nice transition to the Dallas Willard article ;)

  2. Sara permalink
    May 13, 2009 5:29 pm

    aww, that is the sweetest tribute! Happy anniversary to one of my all-time favorite couples!

  3. May 18, 2009 1:32 pm

    Jonathan, congratulations on your 9th wedding anniversary! Hope Robie is doing well. Thanks again for showing us a model of how even us pastors need close community.

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