Living a life within God’s priorities became a way of life for us after we got sick and tired of being sick and tired!
We’re a blended family, and we entered marriage with our own thoughts of a balanced life.
In our early years, we had successful careers with over 10+ years in the financial industry. As our family grew, we decided to become self-employed in the real estate and mortgage industry.
We thought becoming self-employed would help free up our time allowing more time to spend with our children, and serve in our church.
Our life was starting to look good until we experienced challenges most marriages face, and so we sought help. Not just any help, Godly counsel; and it was through that Godly counsel; we learned about God’s priorities and why they were in their respective order.
Was our marriage perfect right after counseling and the enlightenment of God’s order? No! Honestly, it seemed to have gotten worse rather quickly.
After being self-employed in the real estate industry for over 12 years, the market took a dive, and so did our finances. We lost everything, and not just material possessions. We experienced challenges with our health; and André lost his brother and sister within a year of each other.
At the same time, God called us to help our Pastors start a church as their men and women’s ministry directors. Seemingly, with all that was taking place it was enough for anyone to say, “we support you, but we have too much going on.”
After walking through so many life challenges, we learned to rely on God in a way we never had before. You see, learning God’s priorities to help save our marriage did more than just that. It became a way of life for us.
We became so accustomed to living God’s priorities, they became our priorities! We learned to trust God, keep His priorities by living a balanced life, despite life’s challenges, whether it be financial, physical or anything else.
Not too long after making the decision to help our Pastors start a church; we were hit with another devastating loss. Both our Pastors went home to be with the Lord within three years apart of each other.
They were not just our Pastors; they were our mentors and our spiritual parents. With their loss, we were now faced with the decision of where do we go from here with our church?
Honestly, we were ready to call it quits. But we heard that still small voice. God was calling us to serve as the Senior Pastors for The River, A Christian Church (Las Vegas, Nevada). Notice the keyword, here "serve".
We now “serve” as Senior Pastors while working full-time jobs, parenting a college student and a teenager, while walking through health challenges, and sharing our journey through this blog.
In our own strength, it seems impossible. But, since we've made “living our priorities” a lifestyle, saying yes to God despite our circumstances, makes our life possible.
Over the years, in ministry, we’ve encouraged and counseled others to identify God’s priorities and purpose to live by them.
It was through counseling that we discovered our passion to help others embrace a lifestyle of living within God’s priorities. It was that passion that birthed this blog, giving us the opportunity to reach more people than we could do with individual counseling.
Our purpose is to inspire men and women of all ages to embrace a lifestyle of living within the priorities of God, to the point where God’s priorities become their priorities.
Our desire is to help you eliminate the excuse of not having time to spend with those you love; and discover the importance of “making time for what matters most” (God, Spouse, Family, Ministry, Work).
What to Expect From Our Blog
Our blog is the platform we use to share our journey, not only of our loss and how God restored us. But we share how God restored us by applying practical and Biblical principles in the areas of: our relationship with Him, each other, relationships with others, finances, caring for our home, and honoring God in business.
You can expect not only to be encouraged by our personal testimony, but we will give you tangible, and practical tools we use, to make living within God’s priorities possible.
Where to Start
If you are a new reader, then we would encourage you to start reading the following articles. They will give you a sense of who we are and what you can expect.
André and Timberley Gray