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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.