in the fall of 1998, i was a student at fresno state.
i was in a voice class with a friend, scottie.
he invited me to go on a retreat with his church.
the speaker on the retreat was a guy from texas, brad,
and his new wife, jen.
on the retreat, i quickly clicked with jen & another girl, stacy.
we left the weekend as fast friends.
the following summer, brad & jen moved to fresno
to take on the college ministry at northwest.
after years of searching for a church, i finally felt like i was home.
the remnant ministry
became college life
which eventually became the well.
jeff & i married in 2001, and 10 months into marriage felt called to ministry in davis.
but a piece of our hearts were always at the well.
in 2005, we had the opportunity to return to fresno,
and jeff got his dream job.
leading the youth ministry for the well.
for the past 6 years
(but really 12)
the well has been our home.
the people our family.
our heart lives here.
we moved into our house 2 years ago.
i had already figured out which rooms the kids would have when they were teenagers.
jeff was going to get old and gray doing ministry alongside his friends.
i had it all planned out.
sometimes God has different plans.
this summer, God put an opportunity in front of us.
a whole new set of plans.
a new life.
at first, i said no way.
i kicked my feet.
i said it would not happen.
but then, i decided to pray.
to still my mind and listen-
listen to the One who is truly in control of my life.
i don't know that i have ever prayed this much in my entire life,
so earnestly sought the Lord's direction.
i am confident that He has provided that for us.
it is with a myriad of emotions that i tell you-
we are moving.
jeff has accepted a position at rockharbor church in costa mesa.
(i will post more details soon... but not today.)
i am so excited for him.
for what God is going to do.
as excited as i am for the future
is how broken-hearted i am to leave.
it is all here.
but God is calling us to go.
and i want to be faithful to where He is leading
because i know His plans are always so much better than mine.
so i ask for your prayers
as we try to sell our home
find a new one
pack up our lives
finish up two ministries
enroll jackson in a new kindergarten
(and try to prepare him for change)
and say 'see you soon' to the people who we love so much
sometimes life is bittersweet.
but i'm thankful for a God who is faithful.