Our New Land

“So I have come down to rescue them from the land of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into Good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3:8

When we were on our vision trip in Kenya last month, while looking at houses, I teased and said that instead of milk and honey it looks like we may have less ants and less lizard poop. Now, I know to most a land of milk and honey sounds amazing, but I am telling you for real that a land with less ants and less lizards is my kind of promised land….this side of Heaven of course! I will also have to take note that since we have been in the new land for a couple of days, our home has traded ants and lizards for crickets……so maybe they do need a few more geckos……nah!

We have received so many sweet gestures, wonderful gifts, and kind words as we left Uganda. One friend gave me the one of the sweetest compliments during our share and prayer times. Of all the things that people have said during the last few weeks, this one stands out. She told me that through this transition she has only seen peace and joy in me. Doug has a fabulous sermon that he preaches on Joy. It is actually one of my favorites as he really gets into it. It comes from Psalm 100.

“Shout with Joy to the Lord, all the Earth. Worship the Lord with Gladness; come before him with Joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with Praise; give Thanks to him and Praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

I decided a while back that I was going to do better at finding the Joy in the mundane. Truth be told, I have a lot of room for growth in this, but the reality is I have truly had a peace about this transition. A peace that only God can give. Yes, it is bitter sweet to leave Uganda. Almost as bitter sweet as leaving the states almost 4 years ago. I had a couple of sad moments, but the reality is there is peace in going wherever the Lord has called us to be. I loved hearing people say that the boys “seemed” to be okay and not upset about the move. That meant that I had made them feel so comfortable with my joy in what God had in store that they just rolled with it, learning that God is faithful to those that are in obedience with his word and commands. (and that sometimes means moving countries and starting over yet again).

We are excited to be in Kenya. We are excited to see what God has in store for us here. The reality is yes, it is a weird, messy lifestyle, filled with many ups and downs that many will never understand and that is okay. We live with different bugs, eat some different foods, live in different houses with barred windows and guarded gates, but we worship the same living God and He is worthy of our Joy in every circumstance. Having said that: here are some fun facts about Our New Land.

  • We will have a War Room!!!! EXCITED! (check out the movie if you don’t know what I am talking about)
  • The house has a LOT of mix and match tile colors going on. (For those that know me well…..you are laughing loudly at God’s sense of humor here).
  • There really are less ants! Can I get an AMEN!!!
  • Our house is instantly at least 15 degrees cooler than in Uganda!
  • There are less ants!
  • We have plenty of room for guests.
  • There is no club next door…..or across the street….. we can actually hear……silence!!
  • Oh and of course last but not least…..LESS ANTS!!!! 🙂

Thank you so much for your prayers and support while we are on this adventure. It is truly a blessing. You are a blessing. My prayer is that God continues to show me the Joy in every day life here. I also pray that for you wherever you are, that Joy shows itself and that you are able to look at every day and say you found a reason for Worship! Now go and Shout with Joy to the Lord for he is good! Our God is faithful, and He alone is worthy to be praised!


The LawsonTribe4


One thought on “Our New Land

  1. Jen and family,We are excited for all of you.Our Lord is good and He is Joyfull in seeing you and your family serving Him.He is Joyfull in seeing your laughter in seeing less ants and lizard poo being smaller.We can be thankful that He cares for His children wherever they serve.God Bless we love you and praying for your service toHim.

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