thoughts on leaving

23 Jan

I’m not saying that we are leaving. And by leaving, I mean leaving the state. But the opportunity is there. And to be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about it quite yet. We have an amazing opportunity in the state, and a huge part of me would rather just stay put. A small part of me thinks the adventure of moving out of state would be fun. But I don’t know.

Most of you know, we have been searching for a new church community since we left the church we were previously at. And in so many, many ways, being let go of that church was the biggest blessing of our lives. There’s been an amazing amount of freedom upon our leaving and God has opened so many doors for us. He’s revealed so many things to us that just reminds us that He has protected us. We’ve never been in a better spot, which is weird because we’ve been unemployed for the past 4 months. But it’s been the least stressed out we’ve been in a very, very long time. It’s been a time of breathing for us and watching God take our steps for us.God has started opening doors for us since the very hour of the layoffs. Ask me about that story sometime, cuz it’s a good one! We’ve currently seriously narrowed it down to two opportunities that we are considering. And it’s going to be a tough, tough decision. One that we are weighing very, very carefully.

The opportunity we have out of state is in Seattle, Washington at what we’ve been told is an amazing, thriving, God filled church. Different climate, different culture, different people. Something about it just really sounds adventurous and exciting. We are heading there in a little over a week to meet the staff, see the church and to view the city. And I’m really scared. I’m scared I’m going to just love it and I’m not sure I want to move!

I love what we are doing in Arizona right now with our photography business. The community where Jay might be working is truly a community that I am deeply, deeply in love with. A community and a church that gets me more excited than I have been about church in ten years. I’m not kidding, I absolutely love it. I can’t imagine us anywhere else. But we need to see Seattle in order to make a good decision and I am so grateful that the timing of events is allowing us to still go visit there before we have to decide.

So the future is still a little bit unclear for us. We have some tough decisions ahead of us. Decisions that involve elements that most people don’t know about. Please pray for us if you think about it. We desperately want to do what’s best for our family- no matter what people are suggesting we do. No matter how amazing everyone says Seattle is. No matter how badly people want us to stay here. Please pray that we would look at the factors in our life and make a good, clear decision for our family.

And I promise to keep you posted.

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7 Responses to “thoughts on leaving”

  1. Rachel Allen January 23, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    Haha…I was commenting and Jackson just grabbed the mouse and it disappeared so let’s try this again. You guys are such a special family and I know wherever you end up, they will be blessed to have you. It’s exciting to have two great offers on your plate. I know you guys will go where you feel God is calling. I pray that you’ll have amazing clarity to know exactly what that is. Of course we’d LOVE to keep you close, but more than that, we want you to experience God’s best. Tim and I are also praying about some different opportunities, most of which would take us out of state. Like you said, we get a lot of biased suggestions and advice but we want to do what is best for our family in the long run. Whatever you decide, I’m exciting for you guys and you’ll definitely have our prayerful support.

  2. Julie January 23, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    Hey Jess,

    This is a very big! Moving out of state can mean so many things for you and your family. In my own experience moving out of state was the best thing I ever did. It forced me to grow up and really evaluate what I wanted out of life. On the other hand we moved back because I could not imagine raising a family without any family. This is just alittle food for thought. Have a great time on your trip and Joanna should be here when you get back or soon after. Love ya!

    Julie

  3. Lindsay Guard January 23, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Girl, we know exactly where you guys are. Let me just remind you that there was a place in town where we just HAD to be. We couldn’t picture ourselves anywhere else….unfortunately at the time, they didn’t really have a spot for us, although they were trying to come up with one! Our other option was out of state, an adventure, and a great place! We went for the adventure and well…you know the rest of the story. Our hearts could just not rest until we came back to that place we HAD to be a year later. Let me tell you, I’m excited for you and Jay to experience the freedom and value that comes with being where you “just couldn’t see yourself anywhere else”. Love ya, praying for you guys!

  4. Shekie Hardekopf January 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    All the best to you, your husband and your little one. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for you all. It must be something fantastic since so much has turned over in your lives (the taller the tree, the deeper the roots).

    Your peace is the perfect gift during all the changes. I pray, like Rachel and Lindsay, that you have undeniable clarity. In addition, I ask that you are steadied, strengthened and energized for the upcoming journey.

    If you do go to Seattle, I hear Arizona is offering you a taste of the rain. 🙂 Thinking of you in Chattanooga.

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