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Weeks 19-23: Marveling…

Is anything to hard for the Lord? – Genesis 18:1

2738954470_tired_answer_1_xlargeWe have made it through the semester and it feels really nice to take a breath.  As we reflect on the last 5 months we can’t help but be amazed.  God has done it.  Somehow, we made it through daily life, tuition costs, ups and downs, surprises, a new baby, birthdays, sermons, finals…and we are overwhelmed at God’s grace towards us.

Through God’s generous people our tuition was covered by the end of the semester with 75%Screenshot 2015-06-01 12.40.19 coming in the last two weeks.  Thank you for giving.  Thank you Jesus for providing.

We are also closing in on our minimum monthly goals for support, which is totally amazing.

rts logoThis was a really great semester, as I have been in the clinic now for 3 months and counseling 6 clients a week regularly and I’m really enjoying it.  I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.  It’s hard work for sure, and humbling in a lot of ways, but I feel like I’m growing as a counselor through the wonderful supervisors that we have as a part of the program.

cross_grey Ministry at Crosspointe continues to be a blessing.  My job is to care for Community Groups and help to implement community as well as helping to provide care for the church at large.  I’m really enjoying it as well and we have a great staff team at Waterford Lakes Crosspointe.  I got to do my first wedding on May 9th, which was a blast and I was able to preach once this semester on May 17th.  We ran a ten week counseling group known as Immersion Groups which was really good.  We started a young families community group as well as a more structured Shepherd Coaching model for our leaders.  It’s been a fun, and hard 5 months.

Family+Icon+Square  Our family has been so blessed this year so far.  We welcomed Hannah Ruth Ashurst on Superbowl Sunday (Feb 1st) and she has been such a joy to us (minus all the hard stuff that comes with babies).  But she is really sweet and growing fast.  Abby has been a wonderful big sister and has adjusted better than we could have hoped.  She has also recently picked up swimming as a 2 year old and it’s really fun to work with her on that.  Elise and I are doing pretty good.  It has been a difficult season, for sure, and through many conversations and some tears, God has continued to grow and strengthen our marriage and show us our desperate need for him.  All and all, I don’t think we could be doing better even in the midst of trial.  So great is our God.

Thank you all again for the support you have given in prayer, finances, thoughts, time, and just reading these updates.  We love you all.

Thank you Jesus.

Justin, Elise, Abby, Hannah.

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