This is our home. This is the state of our lives. Those boxes in the background of this picture represent transition and uprooting. God spoke to Abram (later to be know as Abraham), to leave what was familiar and comfortable in order to walk into his destiny.

     “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land I will show you'” (Genesis 12:1-2).
When God spoke to us to let go of what had become the familiar “ministry” of leading a church, to start an organization called Grassroots Church Planting Ministries, we had no idea of the uprooting that would have to take place. Not only within the realm of the natural, but even more so within us. I believe that God saw that in order for Abram to become Abraham (father of many), He had to remove Abram from a position of “personal strength” to develop “Godly strength.”
“Relaunch.”  That is one of the few words I have felt from God over the past two years. When God is silent, we will either lose faith in what He has said, or hold on to it as if it were as precious to us as the breath that fills our lungs. Some days, I have sank to the depths of despair, and while God has come with moments of encouragement, this season has been us growing in encouraging ourselves in the Lord.
Faith being developed is like working out the muscles in our body. When we work them to grow them, there is pain…especially the day after a workout. Most of us do not gravitate towards exercise, but it is necessary. The same applies to our faith. Predominantly, we do not set ourselves up in life to be uncomfortable and live in a place where “unless God moves we will be crushed,” but God has a way of leading us into these places, because He loves us and wants to increase our capacity for more. More comes as faith increases. Faith is about trust, and if everything is easy, there is no opportunity to trust.  Just as with my wife, each day is an opportunity to grow in love, but love flourishes when we make a determined commitment to chose each other above all else when something else is on offer.
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden was that…a choice.  Jesus often told His followers, “If you love Me, you will do what I ask.”  So often we have translated that into something legalistic, but Jesus was informing us that our actions will reflect our heart, and not vise versa.
If I really love God and trust Him, I will do as He asks and not have worry, anxiety, and stress in my life when life is uprooted, because I trust His nature and character and goodness for my life. If I love my wife, I will consider her above myself, even when it is not convenient or when she is having her own bad attitude moments (which I still have plenty of myself). I recently read a statement somewhere that went something like this:  Change does not garentee growth, but growth never comes without change. 
So when I feel overwhelmed and want to throw in the towel, if I have ears to hear, deep within my spirit there is a cry that says, “Yes, God, yes!  I want more!”  And so…we carry on!