Changes

Over the last several weeks I've posted about all the yard work and house cleaning we've been doing. We're not neat-freaks by any stretch of the imagination! There has actually been a reason for all the sprucing up: we have a "For Sale" sign in our yard. You'll understand why my posting lately has been sporadic in light of the changes our family is facing.

The last three years we've spent here in Georgia have been the best three years of our lives. We love our church family. We enjoy having four seasons and playing in the snow. We love feeling like we've gone back in time to a laid-back place. For us, Georgia has truly been the "Promised Land". Now it looks like God is moving us from this beloved place.

our little country church

My husband preached his resignation sermon a week ago this past Sunday night. He shared his heart with the people and told them of our family's plans. I sat in a pew toward the back of the sanctuary and cried the whole service. Our hearts have been knit with the hearts of the people we have served with. Our children have many "adopted" grandmas who will miss them tremendously. We have been so very content here, yet we truly feel that the Lord is now moving us on.

My father-in-law has asked my husband to return to Florida to co-pastor the church there with him. After much prayer, my husband has agreed to do so. We have complete peace that this is God's will for us. This is the church we grew up in. Our family and so many friends are there, and you cannot imagine how excited the grandmas are to be getting their grandchildren back "home"!

There are some uncertainties that we are facing right now. We have not had anyone look at our house yet. The real estate market has changed all over the country, and we're experiencing a bit of a slump in our community. We do not know for sure where we will live when we get to Florida, but God knows all about it.

Our family will face lots of changes, too. We are going from a small country church to a very large ministry that includes a Bible college, Christian school, radio station, retirement community, youth camp, homeschool curriculum publishing, and so much more. You can read a little about it here. I mentioned to someone the other day that we are jumping out of the fishbowl and into the ocean. :)

To my human eyes and emotions, all of this is quite overwhelming. However, this is an excellent opportunity for me to grow in my walk with the Lord.

Each day I have the words "just keep trusting...just keep trusting..." running through my head. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to trust the Lord with our future. Day by day, moment by moment, looking to Him and leaning on Him.

I received a card in the mail the other day from a friend (thank you, Carrie!). On the front of the card was a quote by Charles Spurgeon. It really encouraged me and sums up what is on my heart right now.

Faith looks back upon the past and remembers that God has never once failed any of His children. It recollects times of great peril when deliverance came, hours of awful need when strength was received, and cries, "Always before, the Lord has helped me, and He will help me now." ~ Charles Spurgeon
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Changes
Over the last several weeks I've posted about all the yard work and house cleaning we've been doing. We're not neat-freaks by any stretch of the imagination! There has actually been a reason for all the sprucing up: we have a "For Sale" sign in our yard. You'll understand why my posting lately has been sporadic in light of the changes our family is facing.

The last three years we've spent here in Georgia have been the best three years of our lives. We love our church family. We enjoy having four seasons and playing in the snow. We love feeling like we've gone back in time to a laid-back place. For us, Georgia has truly been the "Promised Land". Now it looks like God is moving us from this beloved place.

our little country church

My husband preached his resignation sermon a week ago this past Sunday night. He shared his heart with the people and told them of our family's plans. I sat in a pew toward the back of the sanctuary and cried the whole service. Our hearts have been knit with the hearts of the people we have served with. Our children have many "adopted" grandmas who will miss them tremendously. We have been so very content here, yet we truly feel that the Lord is now moving us on.

My father-in-law has asked my husband to return to Florida to co-pastor the church there with him. After much prayer, my husband has agreed to do so. We have complete peace that this is God's will for us. This is the church we grew up in. Our family and so many friends are there, and you cannot imagine how excited the grandmas are to be getting their grandchildren back "home"!

There are some uncertainties that we are facing right now. We have not had anyone look at our house yet. The real estate market has changed all over the country, and we're experiencing a bit of a slump in our community. We do not know for sure where we will live when we get to Florida, but God knows all about it.

Our family will face lots of changes, too. We are going from a small country church to a very large ministry that includes a Bible college, Christian school, radio station, retirement community, youth camp, homeschool curriculum publishing, and so much more. You can read a little about it here. I mentioned to someone the other day that we are jumping out of the fishbowl and into the ocean. :)

To my human eyes and emotions, all of this is quite overwhelming. However, this is an excellent opportunity for me to grow in my walk with the Lord.

Each day I have the words "just keep trusting...just keep trusting..." running through my head. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to trust the Lord with our future. Day by day, moment by moment, looking to Him and leaning on Him.

I received a card in the mail the other day from a friend (thank you, Carrie!). On the front of the card was a quote by Charles Spurgeon. It really encouraged me and sums up what is on my heart right now.

Faith looks back upon the past and remembers that God has never once failed any of His children. It recollects times of great peril when deliverance came, hours of awful need when strength was received, and cries, "Always before, the Lord has helped me, and He will help me now." ~ Charles Spurgeon
24 Comments:
Blogger Mrs. Darling said...
Thats a majopr change. I belong to huge church like that but I was one of the orignal mambers so I dont feel as overwhelmed as the new people do. Heres sending selling vibes your way!

i am trusting that the Lord has the perfect person/family for your home. I will pray accordingly.
I am sure this is bittersweet, farewells are rough. The Lord will guide you each step of the way as that is what HE is good at.
Deby

Blogger Mrs. U said...
Mrs. C!!!!!!!!!!!! I had no idea!! When are y'all leaving?

God is in control!!! I LOVE His ways and plans!!

His,
Mrs. U

Blogger Nikki said...
There'll be much prayers for you from me. We've pastored our church for almost 13 years. It is the only church we have ever pastored. I couldn't imagine leaving it. We are just a big family at our church. I know that if the Lord led us somewhere else, I'd be terribly sad. But when you're in the ministry, you have to go where God tells you to go.

I know you'll be happy to be back with family. I'm sure that's the silver lining in this. I would want to be with my family too.

God bless. Prayers for the house to sell as well.

P.S. Hope you keep up the blogging when you move.

Nikki

Blogger Faith said...
Prayer is a powerful thing. I will pray for you that the Lord would send the perfect buyer for your home. Slump or not, He is in control! :)

We also (3 years ago July) moved from a tiny inner city church to a very large (some call it a mega one) in our own community. But....do you know how we knew it was God's will? we had deep, utter peace amidst much strife (strife from the people we were leaving)...we just had this deep inner peace that no words can explain. And...in the first month of joining our new congregation, my youngest daughter was saved..she became a born again Christian with full understanding at the age of 6...and I praise the Lord we heard His Voice to move!
May the Lord bless you in these weeks to come.

Blogger Trixie said...
Oh my goodness! What a big change for you at once. I was going to say the only thing that would stay the same is the heat. Then I carefully re-read your post and the link to your 4 seasons post. So... to us folks in Michigan Georgia seems like the Tropics. LOL

Anyway back to the changes. Change is difficult sometimes even when we know it is of God and we have peace about it. We just need a little time to adjust to something new. I wish you and your family the best as you make these changes and get settled into your new church home and family home.

Blessings and hugs (( ))

Trixie

Blogger Susan said...
Oh, I know exactly where you are! We had that same peace when the Lord called us here to Canada. It's unexplainable, except to those who have experienced it themselves, but there is also that very natural sadness to leave those with whom your hearts have knit. I'll be praying for you and your children as you move.

I know the grandparents are excited, too, though! And to move back "home" . . . sometimes I wish we could do that too. God bless you as you move ahead for Him!

Blogger Susan P. said...
Change is never, ever easy and this is quite a big one for you and your family. I will be praying that you will soon have a buyer for your home and also for an easy transition for all of you. Also, please don't be afraid of asking for help during all of this. I know there are so many people who can be of help in many practical ways, so let them! Keep praying and trusting and I know HE will see you through. BTW, is that rejoicing I'm hearing from the grandma's in Florida? lol I know as much as you hate to leave where you are, you are going to be welcomed with open arms by so many friends and family in Florida. What a sweet time it will be :o) Big hugs, Susan P.

Blogger Mommy said...
I know that your church will truly miss you, but I must let you know that my Hubby is very excited to have your Hubby here. We heard him preach a few weeks back and my Hubby said that it will be great to have you all back. I pray that your move and the sale of your house will go smoothly:)

Blogger Cherish the Home said...
Oh my! That is quite a big change and no wonder you've been so busy. I pray God will give you and your family peace during this transition. (o:

Blogger Cherish the Home said...
Oh and I forgot to say, I *love* the Spurgeon quote. (o;

Blogger Laura said...
Changes can be difficult but when it is the Lord that is leading the way, opening the doors, guiding your steps, etc...then the change can be a peaceful one. We are in the middle of this same thing ourselves. My husband resigned March 19 and we are still not quite sure of where we will be.

Blessings to you and your family during your transitional time!
Laura

Blogger Alesha said...
The tears, although potentially embarrassing, are helpful. You may find that you shed a few after you arrive at your new church, too.

When our church dissolved and we attended a sister church, I wept every service for a month. I just couldn't help it! And I was just sure that everybody thought I was a basket case!!! :-)

The truth is that I got more kind words and lovely hugs and - I'm sure - more prayers due to those tears.

Yep, tears are a good thing. I say, "Let 'em flow!"

So many prayers coming your way. If there is ANYthing we can do, just say the word!

Alesha

Blogger Kelli said...
What big changes, Mrs. C! How wonderful that we have the Lord to lean on and trust! I'm looking forward to hearing more updates!
~Kelli

Blogger Jacki said...
WOW, that is a change! But, I will pray for your move. May I ask a question....who is your father-in-law and what church does he pastor?

Blogger Bro Tim said...
I have read you blog for months as a result of it being on Mrs Julies
list. We will be praying for you and Mr C as you leave your ministry you have now to the will of God in another ministry. We pray your house will sell and that there is a smooth transition.

Bro Tim

Blogger Arlene said...
What a big decision this has been for you all! But, "where God guides, He provides" :~) And, as far as the task of selling your house, I have an encouraging story to share:

A family recently visited us on their way to start a church farther north in our state. They had to sell their home to prepare for moving out here.
A difficult thing, as you well know with the seller's slump taking place, but do you know what? Their home was on the marked for less than 1 week and a buyer came, made a deal, and they are closing this week.

Did I mention that they have been out of state the entire time while this has been taking place, but the Lord has just brought piece after piece into place for them?!
Including transportation of all their home goods without having to pay any storage or moving fees?

As I am learning more and more each day: God is good -- all the time! I know that God will care for your family; thank you for your faithfulness to follow His leading; it is a great encouragement and a wonderful example to us all! :~)
*hugs*

Blogger Happymama said...
Mrs. C, I am sure your current church will miss your family very much. I am also sure that they would rather you be in Florida in God's will than in Georgia out of His will. God will sell your house in His time and He will give you everything you need, both physically and spiritually, to make it from the fishbowl to the ocean. I'll be praying for you.

~Kristi

Praying for your family, and that your house will sell.

~Amy

Blogger Julie Fink said...
Praying for you!

Blogger Adrienne said...
How wonderful to know that God is leading you and that He knows how to handle all of the details! I grew up in a pastor's home and married a young minister so I understand how hard it is to say goodbye when you've had your roots planted for awhile. I will pray for you and your family as you move forward to follow God's leading. How wonderful for your husband to work with his father. My son and my sweetheart dream of doing the same some day.

Blessings to you,
~Adrienne~

Blogger Karen said...
Mrs. C, I know you're looking forward to getting home with your loved ones, but I also know it's hard to leave your church family there. I pray for a continued sense of peace, and that the sale of your house will be quick.
Blessings and hugs,
Karen

Blogger Deborah said...
hello...I just found your blog, and hope to come back again soon. God bless you and your family in the new direction the Lord is leading you.

Blogger Jodi said...
Mrs. C ~ God keeps some folks in the same place for generations. Others He moves about. The moves do not come without pain, but He is so faithful to uphold us and comfort us. Praying for you and yours!

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