Our God is Elohim Ozer Li, “God, my Helper.”
They who wait for the Lord will renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31).
From Pastor Matt: Below, Sean and Laura Schools share a story about the difficulty and blessing of waiting upon God:
The two of us met in church. It was 2002, the peak of the I Kissed Dating Goodbye movement. So, although we were interested in each other, we were very much “not dating”. After a year, the commitment of our relationship was suddenly pressured, revealing immature expectations that led to disappointment and anger (mostly Sean). There was resentment in the years that followed, marked by a noticeable effort to avoid each other (again, mostly Sean). We both went our separate ways, Laura more internationally than Sean.
Seven years went by, and then the fall of 2009 arrived. Both of us found ourselves back home. Our friendship resumed, thanks to a young adult small group. And from there, well….. We were engaged the following March and married four months later, July 4th, 2010.
The story of our relationship has taught us the mysterious wisdom of God’s timing. Looking back, there was much God wanted to teach us individually during those seven years apart. There was painful discipline (Sean) and lessons in hopeful patience (Laura) that needed to take place before the Lord saw it good to bring us together. Our story reminds us of Lamentations 3:25, The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.
God could have said “no” to our marriage, and He would still be good. (Scripture doesn’t promise we will get what we want if we wait long enough!) And so our story is not so much about Christian romance as it is about waiting and believing in the goodness of God. Regardless of marital status, age, or vocation, we are all waiting on the Lord for something — if only for His return when He will make all things new.
Waiting is difficult! We have tasted both the joy and the sorrow of the Lord’s timing. It’s only in Jesus that we have full confidence that God is good to those who seek Him. We encourage you to trust our Lord’s sovereign goodness and lean into the graces He gives us in Jesus for seasons of waiting.
Easter Devotional Project: For the 40 days leading up to Easter we will walk through the story of how God saved the world from the first promise in Genesis to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The death and resurrection of Jesus was not an isolated event in history; it was the fulfillment of God’s plan from the beginning. To be included in the daily devotional email list contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Easter Prayer Project: Part of our calling as a church is to be faithful in sharing our faith with friends, neighbors and co-workers. An important element in our outreach is prayer. To help us pray faithfully, we are encouraging every person at Stone Hill to send in the names (just the initials) of 3-5 people in your life that God is nudging you to share the gospel with in the regular course of your life. Send the initials of your 3-5 people to Pastor Tracy Troxel (email@example.com). We will keep this list confidential. Pastor Tracy will pray through the list on a daily basis. He will be praying that God will give you opportunities to share with your friends, co-workers and neighbors.
Praying for the World: Stone Hill Church is joining with the Lausanne Movement and Operation World to pray for the nations. What is God doing among the nations today? What are the challenges and opportunities we face in global mission? How can we pray in an informed way for the world? These questions are explored in Praying for the World, a weekly prayer guide to inspire and inform the whole church to pray for the whole world. Created through the partnership of Operation World and the Lausanne Movement. Subscribe through the website to receive weekly prayer guides with content for the week: stonehillprinceton.org/news/subscribe. In one year, you will pray for countries all around the world and a wide range of issues. Please join us and thousands of others in praying for the nations! Contact Lara Holt (Larah@stonehillprinceton.org) with any questions or comments.
Serving Opportunity: There is an immediate need for additional child care workers in the Nursery Area. Help is needed at both the 9:30 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. services. If you are willing to become involved in this ministry either once a month, every six weeks, once a quarter, or even add your name to the substitute list, please contact Melissa Johnsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collecting Donations for Haiti: We are collecting hygiene items for distribution to those in need in Haiti. The items will be transported to Haiti by the Stone Hill team during the March trip. Most needed items are deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. A full list of items is available at the Missions Corner. Please drop donations at the Missions Corner by March 3. Thank you!
Stone Hill Kids: Save the Date for ROAR Camp 2019 - July 8th-12th. Registration starts April 1st. More information to follow soon.
Women’s Retreat: You’re invited to Walk With Jesus. After people met Jesus, they were never the same. This weekend come and enter into the stories of four very unlikely people who encountered Jesus. Our speaker, Jan Johnson, is skilled at helping people enter the story to see and experience things they might be tempted to overlook. The result is a whole new level of seeing and loving Jesus. This year our retreat is taking place just north of Philadelphia at the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center. This quiet location is the perfect place to get away from the rush of life and get rest. Cost is $190/person or $50 for Saturday program only (includes lunch). Registration is open through March 1, 2019. Register online today and invite a friend!