Surrender Brings Blessings Multiplied

Surrendering to Jesus may require giving up something extremely important to do the unexpected.

Brenna Stull experienced that when she and her husband, Chris, felt God prompting them to relocate to plant Wellspring Church in Goodyear, Arizona.

Leaving McKinney, Texas, meant uprooting—in particular—one of their teenagers who had influence and promising opportunities at his high school.

“My thought was, ‘How could we do this to Derek—moving right before his senior year?’” Brenna Stull recalled.

The next day, she heard in a sermon that whatever a person is unwilling to lay down to obey Christ has become an idol.

“My heart was pierced,” she said. “I confessed . . . and surrendered myself to His will.”

The day before school started in August 2013, the couple and their 5 children arrived in the Litchfield Park/Goodyear area west of Phoenix. The Phoenix metropolitan area is home to nearly 5.4 million people. Only 12.6% affiliates with an evangelical congregation; 62% has no religious association.

During the first weeks of school, Brenna Stull’s heart broke at the trials her children faced. Yet, as Derek’s senior year progressed, she watched blessings multiply: Derek’s achievements and opportunities were even greater than what he had experienced previously.

At Wellspring’s senior recognition, Derek said the thing for which he was most grateful was his parents’ obedience to God in moving to Arizona.

“I am so thankful for how God is allowing us to live out our faith to our children,” Brenna Stull said. “The more we step out and see His faithfulness, the more we are encouraged to step out again.”

Pray for 

  • youth camp in June.
  • son Caleb as he starts college.
  • son Dillon as he studies abroad before beginning medical school.
  • the attributes in Colossians 1:9–12 to be upon each member of the family, which—with the adoption of 2 youth from Sierra Leone—now includes 7 children.

And check out Brenna Stull’s book, Coach Mom.

Leigh Pritchett lives in a vast missions field known as the southeastern United States.

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