2015 was filled with God's blessing on the Deeter family. As I look back over the past year, I'm amazed at God's grace to us. For many of our friends and family, we keep up with one another online. So, I wanted to write a brief update on our family and share some ways you can best pray for the Deeter family for 2016.
In 2015 we welcomed our second Child, Elizabeth (Ellie) Grace Deeter, into our home. Adding a second child proved to be both chaotic and wonderful all at the same time. The second child does go by faster, as she is now ten months old! Her feeble legs are close to walking, and she roams the floors looking for food to eat (She stays hungry!). She looks just like her mommy, and has mastered the word "Dada," much to Daddy's pleasure.
Jude will turn three in January. We are already planning his Captain America birthday party. He has morphed from a baby to a little boy this year. He is full of energy and full of love, a little boy with a sweet and tender heart. Jude loves going to church, playing with cars and trains, and annoying his sister. His speech development continues to progress as Kaitlyn and I are dumbfounded with where he picks up all these funny phrases (I guess he gets them from Mommy and Daddy.) Just the other day on Christmas morning he opened up a present and cried out "That's what I'm talking about !" He is full of life and fills our home with laughter and joy.
Kaitlyn faithfully fulfills her God given call of motherhood. We are blessed to have her stay home so she can fully devote herself to her motherly calling. The woman was born to be a mother. She loves and cares for our children well, and teaches them so much about God and his Word. Kaitlyn is the love of my life, and that love only deepens as I watch her sing "Jesus loves me" to my children at bed time. She stays busy with MOPS and with church life. She is preparing to teach a woman's Bible Study starting in 2016 on the book of Acts. Her evenings are normally filled with diligent studying.
We are also enjoying our new home. As of October 2015, we have lived in our home a full year. Our house continues to be a blessing and a tool for ministry. Though we have had a few challenges with repairs and such, homeownership has brought such joy.
I continue to serve as the Senior Pastor at Forest Hills Baptist Church. The church has largely become our Wilson family, and with each day my love for these people deepen. As in any church, there are great joys and great frustrations, but God continues to be good to Forest Hills as we submit ourselves to his word. We are preparing in 2016 to celebrate 100 years of God's faithfulness as a church. At Forest Hills, I have a wonderful team of pastors and staff to help share the load of ministry. My co-laborers have become my very best friends. Everyday I get up and I look forward to serving the Lord and serving the people of Forest Hills.
As many of you might know, I began my studies for my PhD at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, studying historical theology under the advisement of Dr. Nathan Finn. I just completed my first semester and I loved every minute of it. This semester has stretched me as thinker, writer, and theologian in ways I greatly needed. I've grown a great deal academically this year, and I've met some wonderful people along the way. The work is rigorous and time demanding, but God continues to be faithful to get me through.
This year was sort of an off year with blogging. Since Ellie Grace's birth and starting the PhD program at SEBTS, blogging has largely taken a back seat. However, I plan to increase my efforts for 2016. Over December I've redesigned the blog and plan to post more regularly. Each week I plan to write one or two original posts on theology, the Christian life, or the church. Also each week I will continue the series Praying the Psalms. This is an expositional series through the psalter that I'm writing for Forest Hills for our Wednesday night prayer meetings. I also plan to have a recurring series on Friday called Reading for Your Weekend which will be a collection of my favorite links from the previous week.
I see this blog as an extension of my ministry. I pray that the musings and thoughts from this blog would serve you well, deepen your faith, and increase your joy in Christ. If you ever find anything I write helpful, you are welcome to share it with others.
Looking forward to 2016
Overall, I'm blown away by God's faithfulness in 2015 to my family, and I can't wait to see what he has in store for 2016. If you remember us in your prayers here are some ways you can pray for the Deeter family.
- Pray for the health and growth of Jude and Ellie Grace, that they would grow in wisdom and in stature.
- Pray for Kaitlyn as she manages our household and cares for two crazy preschoolers. Also pray for her as she teaches this Bible study through Acts.
- Pray for me as I pastor Forest Hills. Pray for growth (both numerically and spiritually) and for steadfastness as we move into the future.
- Pray for my studies at SEBTS, for both time management and mental dexterity.
- Pray for this blog, that God might use it to bring glory to his name!