Over the weekend, Tenille and I had a conversation with Pastor Marcus about how planting a church is like having a child. In many ways I believe this is an excellent analogy. That discussion made me think about the first meeting between Mary and Elizabeth after their conception.

Luke 1:41

41 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

When God plants the seed of vision inside you it will make your baby jump. I feel as if we are pregnant with what will be Lake Hills Church. That first encounter between preggos Mary and Elizabeth was intense. Elizabeth was instantly filled with the Holy Spirit. My prayer is that God will do the same with us. While we are pregnant with His church, may we be filled to overflowing with His Spirit. This type of challenge/task absolutely requires a total reliance on the Holy Spirit. We realize this endeavor is way larger that what we can do on our own…we simply are not that talented.

Carrying a baby is not easy (don’t know this from experience – thank God). Just ask any expectant mother…its heavy, it hurts, a change from the norm is necessitated. The baby must be properly nourished. Giving birth is even worse. I remember my first time in the maternity ward. Let me just say, they weren’t having tea parties. Women were screaming nasty things at their husbands and the guys had that, “deer in the headlights look” on their faces. Giving birth is messy, it’s painful, and it comes with a price. Every detail matters, from prenatal care to who is involved in the birthing process.

Yesterday I looked at the church website and noted we are nine months and some odd days away from giving birth. We desperately need your prayers as we learn how to take care of this baby. We need prayers as we create a team that will help us deliver something beautiful. We need the direction of God and His favor to shine down on us over these next nine months. Will you pray for us? During this term, nothing is more important than assembling an army of people who will fervently pray over every detail.