Greer Family Update
As our friend Eric reminded us recently, a picture is worth a thousand words, but we think we’ve been relying too much on pictures to let you know what’s happening in the Greer house these days. So here’s a short update on our lives ::
As you know, Logan lost his job in May and has been job hunting for several months. At first, it seemed that there were some ministry opportunities in the Joplin area, but those soon petered out. When we realized that there was a really good chance we would be moving, and without a sustainable income, we decided to put our house on the market. Within a week, someone had made an offer (a good offer) and we accepted.
At the time, Logan was gliding along in the interview process with an amazing church out in Kentucky. Eventually they asked him to come visit and everyone liked everyone, but in the end, it didn’t work out. We can only assume that, as we were all praying fervently for the will of God, that this was exactly what should have happened.
However, this meant that we were suddenly left without any prospects with the sale of our house looming in a few short weeks. We asked Nana, Logan’s grandmother, if we could stay with her and she very generously said yes. So this Friday we will move out of our home and into her spacious basement.
Several churches have contacted Logan in the past couple weeks and many people have made some really helpful introductions for us. Logan is currently interviewing with about three churches, all within the Midwest.
One kind of beautiful detail of this story is that the people buying our house are our friend-cousins Lane and Kelli Moss. They were one of the first people that found out we had decided to sell our home and, unbeknownst to us, they had just started looking at homes in the area. They slyly set up an appointment with their realtor to see our home, then told us it was them the night before the showing. (We thought they were kidding at first. :) The next day, after they walked through the house, they met us at Starbucks and said they wanted to buy the house. We had so many thoughts running around our heads. First off, we were so thankful that they had gone through a realtor and handled the process so professionally. It alleviated any pressure this whole process might have put on our friendship. Another thought was that we loved our house so much and thinking of their little boys running around in it made it feel like our own love was continuing there somehow. (Even yesterday, as I cried while taking down the decorations in Valentine’s room, it was immediately comforting to think of sweet Knox maybe using the same room to drift off to sleep.) We could never have imagined this kind of scenario, but there is beauty and mystery wrapped up in the handiwork of God.
Everyone has so kindly been asking how we’re doing. Well, this has been hard. Very hard. Some days we feel very sorry for ourselves. But there’s another side to all of this, too. Hebrews 12 says ::
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
At the beginning of all of this, Logan started praying that he would have a right heart before God and I’ve made this my prayer as well. Most of the time we don’t, but the Holy Spirit has been graciously coaching us through this whole process, revealing our sin and lavishing us with the Father’s love.
On a lighter note, Valentine has been so happy this week. She just waddles here and there throughout the house, quietly chattering to herself and grinning whenever she sees one of us. She’s like a little happy machine, just producing happiness wherever she goes.
Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks so much for your love, support, encouragement and prayers. We love you.