Hey, my name is Preston. I graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2011, moved up to Jackson, Wyoming for a few years to work with the church and play in the mountains, and now attend Regent College in Vancouver, BC. I have a lovely wife named Deanna who I get to share life with daily, and we really hope our lives point people to Jesus.
I hope this blog gives you a snapshot of my life as a husband, a disciple, and a guy who loves being outside and seeing what there is to see. More importantly, I hope it offers a helpful perspective for you on who God is and what He's about. Feel free to ask questions about either.
This charge is always convicting to me. I notice my selfishness in new ways almost daily. It is a disease.
Let’s take the focus off of our needs today and make someone else’s more important.
A friend of mine shared with me recently that he’s struggling to see things in his life in the right perspective. To see the bigger picture in the mundane, the ‘why’ behind the tediousness and stress of his days.
I think we all have this problem. I mean, wouldn’t it be much more thrilling to take out the recycling if you were thinking “Wow! Right now, I am literally shrinking landfills, saving rain forests, and playing a pivotal role in preserving our incredible globe for my children’s children!”
Now I realize this example is a little extreme, especially if you see the glass half-empty most of the time. But I think I could use a dose of healthy perspective, especially these days. It is easy in this ‘in between’ phase of life for me to become frustrated with the little things that seem insignificant, wanting to rush ahead to the next chapter. But of course, I cannot. Today, I have only today.
I once heard wisdom defined as our ability to see the world from God’s perspective (I cannot remember where). Maybe this is why Solomon was so wise—God let him see things from his point of view.
That is the kind of perspective I want. Anyone else? Join me in praying for wisdom today, and lets see if God gives us a glimpse of November 20th, 2013 from his perspective.
In my efforts to begin blogging again, I have been putting off the ‘summary blog’ as I hate filling a blog with text (who reads more than a paragraph anyway?). But it feels necessary now as there is so much going on. So here goes, ehh?
The funny thing is, Canadians really do say “ehh”, or “aye”, all the time. It is kind of hilarious when stereotypes like this end up holding true.
Deanna and I have successfully navigated one week of life here in Canada and learned very quickly that it is NOT the 51st state. It may look similar on the surface, but…nope. We live abroad now. Converting currency, again learning standard to metric, adjusting to high prices at the pump and grocery, discovering it is now hockey season instead of football season, and finding out many websites we’re accustomed to (like streaming our favorite shows on Netflix) are unavailable in Canada. Not to mention Canada prints everything in French and English—yet 30% of Vancouver is Asian—so Mandarin and Cantonese are much more common than French. Who knew?
We’ve been working hard to set up our new little apartment, and after hours of IKEA assembly, are finally starting to see glimpses of ‘home’. Our landlord family is splendid, they have 3 curious kids who are fascinated by the new couple living in their basement. Soon, we’ll be out from under the cardboard boxes and able to show off our cozy living space. We always welcome visitors! But remember, it is cozy.
We have met some wonderful people at Regent already who have been encouraging and so helpful to us. I’m picking out classes for the winter semester staring in January and am so excited to start the journey into seminary. It is a little intimidating at times, but I know God has a great plan for our lives and this is going to be an amazing season of it. Yesterday, we visited a church with a couple we met at Regent and had lunch with a group of students — some really amazing people. It’s so exciting for us to be exploring an new community with so many opportunities to grow in our faith and leadership.
Change has been our status quo the last 6 months and doesn’t seem to be slowing down for awhile, which is hard. But God is good, and I am thankful to Him for it and the growth taking place. In Deanna and I’s hearts and relationship and our relationship with Him. So we will continue to press on and make this foreign land of maple syrup and hockey our own, and put our hope in the one constant we have through it all:
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever…" Hebrews 13:8
Oh, we also found a way to circumvent the internet and watch Parks and Rec in Canada online. The little victories are so sweet sometimes…
Jesus says in John 16:33 that in this world we will have trouble.
James 5:16 says the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.
Philippians 1:6 says the one who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.
Romans 12:12 says “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
God talks to us personally through his Word. This is what Jesus is saying today to me through these above mentioned words:
There will be trouble and pain on your journey; be patient. I have overcome the world (John 16). You have so much to hope for (Philippians 1); take joy! Bring all of your burdens to me in prayer, they are not for you to bear alone. Be faithful — I promise, it is powerful (James 5:16). I am fulfilling my purposes through you.