Moving is always stressful. Moving internationally is an order of magnitude above that. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been personally blessed by John Piper’s Solid Joys devotional. It has guided my times of prayer for our family, churches and ministry partners. Recently, the readings have been taken from Piper’s book Future Grace.

Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant.

Psalm 86:16

For this coming week, today’s devotional has been especially helpful. On top of the work of preparing to move, there are people coming to view the apartment we’ve been staying in and we are also doing the work of raising support. Over the weekend, we also learned that Owen will need to have an operation this week. It’s a routine operation for a relatively common issue, but he is still so small and we are battling worry. Over the last year, we have seen too much of the hospital (in June of last year, Owen had pneumonia and was in hospital for that).

This isn’t the prayer update that I had expected to be writing today, but there it is. Today and this week, be praying for Owen’s health and for our stress levels. Pray that we would not lose sight of our God. Pray that we would remember that the God who is capable of turning our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, who is capable of moving world powers in order for his only begotten Son to be born in Bethlehem, who created and sustains the universe is the very same God who we are crying out to when our prayers are weary.