This post is to answer all of the questions we have received about the recent happenings in our life.
As of this week we will be moving to a new ministry position at a church called Cornerstone in Bethalto, IL with Pastor Phil and Renee Schneider. A few months ago Erik had felt in his heart a need for a transition to take place, and when we went to visit Cornerstone we were so impressed with the staff, the congregation, and the way this church family places value on its community. Many of Erik's gifts align perfectly with this assignment, but there are also areas in which he will be stretched. It's a growing church, and I can't wait to see what God has in store for this time, and the work that He is going to do in us as well.
We spent 5 years at Stone Church in Palos Heights, IL with the students, and we have grown very attached to them and their families. They have supported us and loved us, and we have invested a 100% of our hearts in to them. That is why it so difficult to leave. But, through this entire process, I have felt an unspeakable peace that overwhelms my heart when thoughts of sadness have come. I know that many of them will be in our hearts, and we'll have a bond that spans time and distance.
On a personal level, it has been difficult explaining the transition to our children. As I have polled several ministry kids who are now adults, they have all told me that I should be transparent with my feelings and honest my children regarding ministry. Kent is young, but he has said that he is "mad" that we are moving. I think he is just copying the emotions of his older brother. Being almost 6, Parker is certainly more aware of the situation. He has expressed some anger at God for "making us move", but at the same time he has seen pictures and some videos of our new church, and he has shown signs of excitement as well. All in all, I want them to see the faithfulness of God regardless of life's twists and turns. I want them to see the honor that it is to serve in ministry, and the blessings that come from following God's will. I hope that through my interactions with them, and through the way I react, they will see God's goodness.
This will be stretching for me, because for the last 8 years, I have lived within an hour of my family. It's no secret that I am very close with my family. I talk to my mom and dad at least once a day, and my siblings and aunts multiple times. We visit frequently, and they have been available to help with watching the boys for ministry events. It will be difficult to not see them as much, and to not have the security of being so close. Its funny because when I was a teenager I wanted to be a missionary to Russia. I was ready to go live across the world alone....now, I'm having trouble digesting the fact that I am going to live four hours from my mommy and daddy. But, I know enough to know that God's grace is sufficient. I just have to grab on to it.
We do need prayer to sell our home ASAP. I know the market is down. I know this isn't an ideal time to sell a home. But, I also know God owns the market, and I believe He can orchestrate divine plans to occur. My faith is being stretched, and I have to rely on God more than I ever have before. Finances are a security blanket for me, and now there are many uncertainties regarding our budget. WHEN this home sells, it will be a relief. So please join with us in prayer for that need.
Lastly...we are GINORMOUS Cubs fan moving to Cardinal country. Seriously, Parker's room is currently decorated in all things Cubs, and he said, "Mom, don't put up my Cubs stuff when we move, because then no one will want to be my friend there." Awee. I am going to have to continue to brainwash my children, and teach them to be strong even if they are the minority. This experience will teach them loyalty, and to remain true to the Blue.
Well, that about concludes the update. Any and all prayers on our behalf are welcomed and appreciated. I know that God is good. I believe that God is good. Now I am trying to live like God is good.