Saturday, January 30, 2010

"Rarely early...never late...always right on time"

This is one of my favorite quotes from my mom. I don't know where she got it from, but I think it is so very true when considering God's timing in our lives. With each new season He has taken us through, I hold to it's truths more and more...

Jon had an interview yesterday with Sprouts, an organic grocery store across the street from our apartment. We heard back later in the day and they offered him a cashier position. He was told to call the supervisor on Monday to give his answer to the offer. The pay is minimal and will not cover all of our bills each month, but it's something to get started with and will help stretch our savings account. He still has numerous other applications out that we will continue to be praying for as well as pursuing new opportunities as well. Please pray that the Lord will direct us where He would have Jon work.

The Sprouts position comes at just the right time. Coincidence? I think not. Monday marks the first day of February as well as the first day to apply for scholarships for fall semester at DTS. In order to apply for scholarships through the school, the students need to be working at least part time. They would have allowed us to put "seeking employment" on the application, but it's much easier to be able to say that he's already working. Praise the Lord!

God is blessing us financially in other ways besides a job. We received confirmation last week that I am fully covered under Medicaid for the remainder of the pregnancy (and afterwards), making all appointments, delivery, hospital bills and all, free to us. What a blessing!!! We are also getting grocery aid through the government program WIC. This along with the "Luke's Pantry" ministry at DTS where we get one large grocery sack of food/household items once a week, will help tremendously. God never ceases to amaze me with His creative provisions, including special "gifts" that arrived in the mail this week.

We have survived the first 3 weeks of Jon being in seminary and are going strong. He is thoroughly enjoying the program and learning a lot about himself and where he is gifted. He has met some neat people and enjoys the chapel times each week. He even got to have lunch with the chapel speaker and some classmates one day. The work load is a bit overwhelming at times, but Jon's doing a great job staying on top of everything and trying to squeeze time in with the kids and I.

I am looking forward to getting involved in the SWIM (seminary wives in ministry) group at DTS beginning next Saturday. I know how important community and fellowship will be for me while Jon is busy with his studies these next few years. It will be so wonderful to go through this adventure of seminary with other women going through the same thing.

We continue to seek Him and His plan for us. Our prayer is that we are following His desire for our lives and not our own desires. Much easier said than done :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bracing for 2010!

Hey ya'll!

Now that we're officially residing in Dallas, Texas, I suppose I better get used to the accents and phrases that come along with it. Who knows, Graci and Isaiah might pick it up faster than Jon and I do.

Well, let me back up a bit. We moved here at the beginning of December '09 so that Jon could start his Master's of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. It is a four year program, but we are thinking realistically it will take him 5 years. His construction job in Colorado Springs finished early which released us at the perfect time for God lead us to Dallas. Amazing how His perfect timing is just that...perfect.

So we've been here for about a month give or take a week or two when we went to Ca to be with my family for Christmas. We are settling in well and finding our niche'. Jon began classes this week and has felt overwhelmed to say the least. He is taking a full load of 13 units. Memories of undergrad came flooding back to both of us when we looked through his syllabi to see what will be required of him this semester. Whew! I'm glad I'm not the one taking the classes! I get to be the devoted, supportive wife to makes sure he gets his sleep, nutrition, down time and especially husband and daddy time in each day. We are still on the hunt for a part time job for him to sustain us. Many applications have been sent out, with little to no response from most. He does have an interview on Friday with Starbucks. Please be praying!!!

Our newest addition to the family (another little boy) will be joining us in April sometime. We are very excited to welcome him into the family! I admit I'm a bit nervous at the thought of juggling three little ones, three years old and under (well, not literally juggling them) while Jon's a full time student. I'm sure it will be an exciting adventure in itself and I look forward to the challenge.

2010 will be a year of many new things for city and state, new life as a student and wife of a student, new baby, new blessings, and mountains and valleys to trudge through. Please be praying for us as we brace ourselves for yet another adventure.