Thursday, April 12, 2012

Oh the joys of job searching!

Bryan graduates from seminary 1 month from today!!  The past 2 years have been some of the hardest of our lives, and yet God has been molding and refining us in totally new ways ... and it has been good.  We have been changed for the better and are excited about the next step in our journey ... wherever that takes us.

The job search has definitely dominated the conversations around here.  Not only are Bryan and I talking about it a lot, but we get asked about it as well.  Questions like "Are you looking in a specific area?" - "What kind of job are you looking for?" - etc.  Well, just so you all know.  We are looking all over!  Our preference would be a bit closer to family - but we are very open.  Bryan's real passions are discipleship and community so there are a number of roles that he could get excited about.  Positions like Discipleship Pastor, Small Group Pastor, Campus Pastor, Community Pastor, etc.  If you know if any positions open - please feel free to email Bryan or myself and let us know!

He has sent his resume to a few positions that we have heard about through different websites.  And he has had some really encouraging conversations with a few churches that we have connections with - but nothing official yet.  So there have been some positive things going on - but it is a bit of a waiting game at this point.

So that is where we are ... waiting.  It is hard because you send a resume off or have a conversation, and then all you can do is wait to hear something back.  Bryan is much better at this whole thing than I am.  It has been a bit of a roller coaster for me.  I know and trust that God has a GREAT plan for us - I don't doubt that one bit.  It is His timing that scares me.  Our baby boy is due June 9 and we need to be out of the apartment by August (since Bryan won't be a student anymore).  So really, we need to move by the end of July.  So for this "planner" - not having a plan for something this big that is just a few months away is really hard and scary for me.  And I am sure the pregnancy hormones aren't helping!

I tell you all of this to ask you to please pray for us if we cross your mind.  Please pray for God's very clear direction for us - we ONLY want to be where He wants us.  And I realize that this may not be in His plan, but I am praying for a job by the time we need to move.  Please also pray for faith and patience for us.  We all know how hard job searching can be - so please just pray that we can cling to the Lord and find rest knowing that He is in control.

SO ... on a lighter note!  We have a lot of fun things coming up which I am so thankful for.  We have a bunch of family coming to visit over the next month and a half.  Bryan is truly on the last stretch of school - it is gonna be such a great feeling when he is done with this semester!  We are under 2 months away for our baby boy being born and we are getting SO excited to meet him!  It is springtime which means amazing weather and we are spending a ton of time outside which is always a good thing.  So much to be thankful for!

We cannot thank you all enough for journeying with us over the last 2 years.  There have been a lot of ups and downs and your prayers and encouragement have truly helped carry us through the rougher waters.  You are each a blessing to us!

As always - a few pics!

The McConnells came in town for their spring break - all the cousins!

Easter - so precious!

 Handsome boy!

Such sweet friends - couldn't get a good pic of them standing still!

Fun at Pump it Up!  Gotta love Groupon!