It’s been so long since I last wrote in here that, sadly, I forgot that I had a blog, and then today I got the notification that my credit card was billed for this domain. I looked it up and saw that my last post was summer of 2018. Wheels started turning as to why my writing frequency went from weekly posts, to every once in awhile, and then ultimately to a dead stop. And then, it came… I couldn’t post because I knew, after 9 years, our time in the desert was coming to a close. This reason in combination with the fact that I am the type of person that wears my heart on my sleeve, I didn’t know how to post anything of significance. I don’t know how not to be completely transparent with what’s going on in my life. So, every time I got on here to post, I would ramble about what lessons I was learning without saying how I was learning them, so then I would delete the post because it felt so dishonest and untrue to myself.
I am now FREE to post again in a the way that I like to do so. No secrets, no holding back, and no filters! Praise Jesus, I missed this so much!
So, here is my attempt to update you on the last 15 months 🙂
We said good bye to Southwest Church on December 31st, 2018. There were tears shed, for sure. That church was our family for almost 10 years. We said good bye to the desert on February 27th, 2019. It was scary not knowing where we were going when we left Southwest, but we knew we had to trust Jesus when He called us out of the boat. We spent 2 months interviewing before Jason accepted the position as the Experience Pastor at Fellowship Church. Fellowship has 3 campuses, one in Pasadena and two in Monrovia. Jason joined the team as one of the pastors helping to serve the worship, production, and guest relations teams at their respective campuses.
Daily I am baffled by God’s gift to us through this church and the location. San Gabriel Valley is listed in Wikipedia as one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the United States. Diversity was one of the most important of our non negotiable list for our next home. We wanted our boys to be surrounded by others that shared their same skin tone. Our church and city looks how I envision heaven will look and I could not be more excited about it!
Not only is this spot out of the desert heat, but we are also still close enough to maintain a relationship with our previous foster daughter. Her mom is so gracious to share her with us one weekend a month. The proximity to the desert is such a gift because of the ability to maintain all the important relationships as well as Weiland’s incredible psychiatrist 🙂
There is so much more that God has been teaching me and encouraging me with throughout this huge transition and I cannot wait to share. Don’t worry it won’t be another year before I tell you about it 🙂
I will leave you with this. Trust the process. If God is calling you to something and you don’t know all of the details, don’t let that hold you back. Write the book, speak at the event, volunteer at the place, quit the job, adopt the baby, reach out to the friend, or maybe you just need to step into Church again. No matter what it is, take it one step at a time and remember the God who is calling you out, is with you every step of the way. Take it one day at a time and surround yourself with a community that will pray for you, encourage you, and nudge you out of the boat if needed! It is always worth it!