Truly… I’ve imagined writing this for so long. Just imagining entitling a post “We Have a Job” has been a source of encouragement over the months of waiting. And here it is.
James is the new Minister of Education at First Baptist Church in *Cleveland, MS*! We are so excited! I can’t wait to serve the Lord and the body of Christ in the role of “minister’s wife” again. The church vote was beautifully confirming, and the people are genuinly loving! They are ready for the work a Min. of Ed. does, and James is ready to lead out in that work. It is a perfect fit!
We could not have had a better weekend. Thank you so much for praying for us! Each of you who prayed had a part in what God did, and we are so grateful.
We are leaving the “city” and moving back to a small town! I can hardly wait! I grew up just ONE HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES away from Cleveland. My mom is still in Batesville, MS and I can get to her house in just a little more time than it takes me to get to a favorite quaint shopping area outside of Nashville. Whoohoo! It will be a very welcomed change in the pace of life!!!!!
Cleveland is an old Southern town with lots of charm and history. Our church is on a block with several other churches, and there seems to be a beautiful comraddare between the different appendages of the Complete Body of Christ in our new town. If you really want to know what it is like in Cleveland, check out this link.
EDITED TO ADD: Here is a link to our wonderful new church! 🙂
We don’t know when the family will move yet. James starts work on May 1st, and besides that, we are still on God’s “urged on by faith they went…without troubling their minds about where they were going” plan. (Or better: when they were going there, and where they would live once they arrived.) Ha ha.
For now, we are just so glad that Cleveland, MS is where we are going!
Early in our journey, the Lord orchestrated an opportunity for James to serve as the third person under a very well known and respected pastor in one of the larger Southern Baptist churches in the United States. The salary and benifits were incredible. It was everything most people would look at and say, “You’re a fool not to jump on this.”
But as we prayed about it, the Lord made it abundantly clear that His answer for us was, “No. This is not what I have for your family.” After we told them the Lord’s answer, we went through 2 1/2 months of complete silence. No other interviews or job offers. Even the churches we had previously interviewed with were silent in getting back to us as to whether they wanted to move on to someone else, or move on in the interview process. It was a hard 2 1/2 months. Many times we went back to the Lord for clarification. And graciously, He gave it every time, reminding us to “Obey Him for today, and trust Him for tomorrow.”
Now our Faithful God has let us see what He had in store for us all along, why we had to wait, and how He was working behind the scenes of silence in preparing this church for us and us for this church. We are SO thankful that we obeyed and waited! If we had taken the “good”, we would have missed the “best”. And for our family, FBC Cleveland is the “best”!!!!!
It’s kind of funny how the Lord put this church and us together. They felt that they already had God’s man for them in the works, and were seeing an end to the search in sight, when ONE MORE RESUME came to the chairman’s house. One more. And it was James’. Someone sent it to him, but I don’t even think he opened it right then. God started quickly closing doors with the other person, so they opened the enevelop, and got in touch with James. It’s what God had planned all along.
Then in God’s perfect timing (which so often seems so slow to us!!!), He put us and the committee together, and the rest is what we pray is the beginning of a long history of ministry and fruit-bearing within the body of Christ!
Nathan and Abigail have made some friends, and both are looking forward to living there. (That in itself is a HUGE gift from God!) James and I feel like we fit right in. We found a house that we adore, that even has a place where my mom could come and live with us in the future.
God has gone before our every step. We can see that now. We knew He would, but now we can see where He did. He still has lots to do to get us to Cleveland though, but we have every confidence that He who began this good work will complete it to perfection!
The 9 months and 22 days of waiting on the Lord for a job are over. Today, Monday April 19, marks Day 1 of a new journey with Him.
I can say this with all my heart: It has been a special journey, and I love the Lord more, because of it. Our spiritual muscles of faith are stronger and so are our children’s. If we are ever tempted to wonder if God will take care of us in the future, we can look back on this journey and KNOW that the answer is YES! He is the same today, yesterday, and forever.
“Oh Lord, thank you for Your faithfulness. Period. To us, and to everyone who calls upon you for help. Thank You for this time in our lives when we had no choice but to trust You. Like the children of Israel at the Red Sea, You brought us to a place where we could either trust and obey, or drown and be destroyed. Thank You that You parted many waters for us, and that you will part many more before our complete journey ends. I love You. I trust You. Please glorify Yourself through this life we are living. Please help us to continue to walk “urged on by faith” wherever it is that you lead us. Please help us to bless You and others in all we do…so much more is in my heart that my hand’s can’t yet type, but I thank You advance and praise You in the Powerful and Loving Name of Jesus… a men.”
Thank you so much for being a vital part of our journey Urged on by Faith! I’m praying for so many of you right now as I type this. I love you and thank God for all He is doing in your lives as He us urging you on by faith, too. I know you will find Him faithful… because that’s Who He is.
Much love to each of you~