The Lakeway Church is both gathered and scattered. In this new segment, you will get a chance to learn about a member who is worshipping at home while still shining the light of Christ brightly.
Hello church family! We are the Arnold Family: David, Jacqui, Austin (age 8.5) & Audrey (turns 5 next month). We have attended the Lakeway Church since moving here to Texas four years ago and we truly feel that TLC is an extension of our family. Lakeway Church is also a home base for our homeschooling – for the past four years we have been part of an incredible homeschool co-op called Classical Conversations (www.classical conversations.com) which meets at Lakeway Church and all over the world at churches that host the groups. Classical Conversations’ mission is “To Know God and to Make Him Known.” We have really loved our homeschool journey, and God has blessed it in so many awesome and unexpected ways!
How has your family been blessed during this time of staying at home?
The first way is that the Lord has used this time to emphasize the importance and power of prayer in our daily lives, and He has shown us how to be more intentional about praying for others. He has also been teaching us to listen for His voice and His promptings. One such prompting happened over Christmas break, when the Lord began nudging our hearts to adopt again. David and I were both very surprised, as we had thought for sure that our family was complete with two kiddos. In many different ways, God continued to confirm His prompting, and on January 3rd, we “officially” said “Yes, Lord…” (Isaiah 26:8) and documented it with a special picture (above). The very next day, we called an adoption agency called New Life Adoptions (www.newlifeadopt.com) based out of Houston, and we are now on the waitlist to start our paperwork. We are really excited, and we love talking about adoption, so please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions we might be able to help answer about adoption.
The second way is that the Lord has also shown us new ways to share Him with others. A favorite way has been the signs that Austin makes for the delivery people when they drop off our groceries. His signs usually say, “Thank you, and Jesus loves you!” He also enjoys adding fun artwork to the signs. God worked in an especially incredible way through one of these signs last May. That day we had also included a little card with the poem, “Footprints in the Sand” and on the back we wrote Romans 5:8 and Romans 10:9-10. The delivery person, Francia, actually came back to our house the next day and dropped off a letter in which she shared that Austin’s sign was literally an answered prayer that confirmed for her that Jesus heard her prayer when she cried out to him the night before.
Are there a few verses that are special to your family?
Hebrews 13:5 “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” & Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart”
By worshipping at home have you consequently created any new traditions?
One new sweet tradition is that Austin and Audrey worship together, whereas they went to their own classrooms when we attended church in person. They love snuggling up on the couch and watching all three Sunday School teaching videos together, and they really enjoy singing and dancing to the worship songs.