Friday, September 25, 2015

Introducing Oliver Matthew Boyd 9.21.2015

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.    -James 1:17

My family is happy to announce that on September 21st our family grew from four to five as we welcomed Oliver Matthew into the world at eight pounds, 20.5 inches long. People always want to know where the choice of a name came from and the meaning behind the name so here is the brief reason and meaning behind his name.

In English the meaning of the name Oliver is: The olive tree. The biblical olive tree symbolizes fruitfulness and beauty and dignity. 'Extending an olive branch' signifies an offer of peace. We chose this name for few reasons. First, because it is a name that you do not hear often and one that we naturally liked. Second, because we desire our son to have a name with a strong meaning. Third, we desire to see Oliver be a man of dignity that keeps peace with others as he loves Jesus.

The name Matthew is a Hebrew name meaning Gift of the Lord. Oliver is our newest gift of the Lord to our family and to the world as we are praying he will surrender to the calling of the Lord early in his life. 

Together the name Oliver Matthew makes up a name meaning a "peaceful gift of the Lord." We are thankful and blessed to have this newest gift in our lives and pray that he will be a gift to others. 

We our excited as our family has grown from four to five and ask that you pray for us as we go through many transitions in the coming days. We know that we have been given a great responsibility in raising Oliver Matthew and seek to raise him in a godly way. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Rest/Freedom in the Anxiousness

Credit to Quaker Oats Live
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. -Psalm 32:8

The last few years I have had to make some major decisions regarding my life and the life of my family. These included what city and country to live, how long to serve as church planters to a foreign nation that became home, what ministry opportunities to take and which ones to turn down. During many of these I found myself in a state of anxiousness with the weight of the decision on my shoulders.

Often during these decisions I have to make about the future I will first turn to my parents, mentors, or even friends for wise counsel and ignore the Lord. I have learned that while going to the above is not a bad thing and there is wisdom in it but that going to the Lord first is much wiser. If God is our heavenly Father that created us then how much more does he care for his children then our own earthly fathers.

As I write this I am sitting in the hospital room with my wife waiting for the arrival of our third son. I love my boys, would do anything for them, and will sacrifice for them at any cost if required; but I know that my love is imperfect unlike the love the God the Father has for me. The verse at the top is an encouraging reminder for me that the Lord will instruct me and teach me in the way that I should go and counsel me along the way.

The last season we have found ourselves again at a crossroads of sorts, mostly about where we feel called to plant our lives strategically for the future. During this time I have had countless conversations, received many opinions, but have found a rest and freedom in the verse as we pray and seek clarity going forward.