Where in the world has this week gone??? I never intended to take a “Coffee” break this week~ I even had several posts written in my mind…but each day, I just didn’t get to everything on my list. Ever had a week like that? Nothing bad… just busy… like most everyone. 🙂
You have been so wonderful to pray for us and encourage us about our our Job situation, so today, I wanted to share a little about what God is doing right now in our lives.
We have no job yet, but we’ve been blessed to have some interviews with some amazing churches. My husband is a Minister of Education/Administration. Nine years ago, The Lord called us out of church ministry to work at Lifeway – and now He is calling us back into church ministry.
The amazing thing about how God has worked in our hearts through this transition is that eight months ago, my husband started feeling that “pull” toward going back into church ministry. James never said anything to me about that, but had been praying about it and asking for clarity for several months. Then his job at Lifeway was deleted. How’s that for clarity? 🙂
When I was a young teenager, The Lord called me to be a minister’s wife. I didn’t understand a lot about it at the time – only that I had this desire to marry a man in the ministry and serve the Lord alongside him. Honestly, it was a hard transition for me when James went to work at Lifeway. It took me a while to “enjoy” our new place in the world. Then, I grew to LOVE it! Every once in a while, I would miss being a minister’s wife, but on a whole, I was blessedly content.
The day before the job deletion, I was painting our fireplace when I “heard” or “felt” the Lord speak to my heart: “You’re going to be a minister’s wife again.” Like an air-head, I just said something like, “OK”, and kept painting – never giving it another thought. Amazingly, within 15 hours, James no longer had a job, we knew we would go back into church ministry, and I would be a minister’s wife again. Looking back, we see how God was so good to prepare us ahead of time!
At this point, we’re just waiting on God to show us where He wants us to join Him in His work. We feel a little like Abraham in Genesis 12:1 – where God calls Abraham to leave his home and go to a place where God would show him. We have desperately hoped that we could stay where we are, but the Lord has made it clear that we will be leaving this area. Henry Blackaby says, “You can’t stay where you are and go with God.” I guess this is literally true for our family.
So… yesterday, I called a realtor. Bless her heart – I didn’t even get one sentence out without crying! As much as we know that God is in the midst of this process, and that He is working something wonderful and glory-bringing for Himself through us, I am still woman… hear me cry!
One of these days, when we are settled into our new place, I know we will thank God for this period of waiting on Him because we will be enjoying the results of the wait. But for now, we are choosing to trust and thank God because He is holding us and guiding us day by day.
May something similar to Hebrews 11:8 be the testimony of our family: “[Urged on] by faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went forth to a place which he was destined to receive as an inheritance; and he went, although he did not know or trouble his mind about where he was to go.” (emphasis, mine)
I’m working really hard on the “not trouble his mind about where he was to go” part. 🙂
How about you? How is your journey with God going? I’m praying for you right now, and asking God to encourage you and strengthen you and urge you on by faith.
ttyl, friends…Much love to each of you…Jennifer