Wednesday, March 17, 2010

20 Years!

We thought we felt it, when God called us to First Baptist Church, Magnolia 20 years ago. It was the feeling of roots settling deep. Here we are 20 years later and we are so incredibly thankful that God has allowed us the gift of FBCM for all these years.
In 20 years, personally, we have seen our children graduate from high school, go to college, get married and have babies (lots of them). We have seen Jess totally grow up and now she is a junior in college. In our church, we have celebrated births and watched those little ones grow up. We have mourned the deaths of many friends and watched God bring healing to broken hearts.
We have seen children come to know Jesus and grow up to love God and serve Him. We have watched our church campus renovate and expand and then watched as the buildings were filled with people from all over our area. God is so good!!!!
I have loved watching my husband lead and pastor and pray over this church. He loves this church with all of his heart.
I am thankful for friends that have loved us unconditionally and for a church that has allowed us to live out our lives before them as openly and honestly as we knew how. Not all churches will allow that. FBCM is a special place.
Thank you for loving my husband and my children and embracing us fully. We are honored to be called your Pastor and family.
We can't wait to see what God has in store for the years beyond. We want to fight the good fight and run the race well.


Gabbie said...

Cindy, this leaves me with such emotion and joy for you and hope for churches. What a testimony this church has been to the world. They are examples of Christ's love for us. You and Ed are amazing examples as well of how pastors and their families are just people living in obedience to what God has called them to do. So grateful for this testimony...thanks for sharing it with's to another 20!
love, Gabbie

Anonymous said...

God in His goodness and grace, allowed our family to come to know and love you all, at Kingsbridge, before He called you to Magnolia! We will never forget the wonderful times of fellowship in your home and the warmth of the bible studies Ed led in your den. Those times have left lasting, spiritual memories for our family.

We love you dearly....The Lloyds