I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing our "journey of faith" the last few months. It has not been a boring few months at all, but I wouldn't trade any bit of it. He has grown us so very much and solidified in our hearts that "stepping out in faith" was the best decision we could have made for our family. Today, I am excited to say we are no longer "Abrahaming" it. 😊😊
He told our friends that giving his information to the pastor was fine, but honestly we didn't hold our breath. We had similar things occur, and getting our hopes up wasn't the wisest action to situations like this. (especially as a woman 😏) But, it was a huge reminder that God had plans, and He was not going to let us flounder around with no directions. Later that evening, my husband received a call from the pastor asking if they could get together to chat before we made our way back home to Charleston. There was quite a bit of hurricane damage in the area and many were out of power so we weren't sure a meeting would happen this go around. But, the Lord had other plans... Tuesday morning we packed up our stuff and started heading home. We first made a stop at a rural little church in Byron, Georgia to introduce ourselves to the pastor and his wife.
Amidst all of our last minute details, moving stuff, etc, we received 4 more opportunities asking if we would consider. My husband did a bit of research and discussions, but the Lord just kept bringing us back to Hardison and how He completely had swung the door wide open in the neatest ways. Several of the other options were closer to family, but we'd talk about the options, pray, and just kept coming back to pursuing the opportunity in this little Georgia church. We were excited when the Lord solidified in our hearts that God wanted us to let the pastor know we would like to pursue to see if the Lord wanted this for the church and for our family. The day after moving day we loaded some of our clothes, school stuff, and our children and began a 3 week candidating process at Hardison Baptist Church in Byron, GA. They had a nice 4 bedroom-furnished parsonage for our families' use. I wish I could spend pages and pages sharing how God knit our hearts in incredible ways as we worked alongside each other for 3 weeks. But, He did just that! He made it very obvious that He wanted our family to become part of the Hardison family. After our 3 weeks, we had a week of break and we did a bit of visiting with friends and doing a few fun field trips with our sweet children. They have had a rough 3 months, but they have been so sweet despite all the uncertainties and changes.
Sunday night, November 12th, Hardison Baptist Church unanimously voted to bring my husband on as Assistant Pastor-Youth/music pastor. We are thrilled to say our journey has brought us to this sweet church. Our journey has prepared us exactly for this. I love to look back at all the "rungs" and see how He was molding us, shaping us, and leading us in His way. What an overwhelming sense of joy and hope I have in the promises of my mighty Jesus.
Til' next time...