Many of you are long-time readers of Bubbling Brook and know that, besides managing this web site, I’m also “the pastor’s wife.” I’ve mentioned it many places on this site. It’s part of our story. Now we’re entering a new chapter in life and ministry.
Eight years ago, we packed all our belongings, moved to a new state, and assumed the pastorate of a beautiful – but hurting – church family. This church had experienced some significant struggles, including a devastating flood that resulted in the loss of their building.
My husband, who had spent several years as a builder as well as being a minister, was able to come here and not only pastor but also oversee the construction of a new building for the church.
Who knew that his previous building experience and Bible college education would work together so well one day? Apparently, God did 🙂 I love it when you can look back and see how He has perfectly orchestrated our life events.
We feel so grateful to be able to serve in this capacity. What an adventure these past eight years have been!
The New Chapter In Life
A few months ago, God called my husband and I into a time of personal reflection. We questioned if He wanted us to continue pastoring. It was a difficult consideration. Our heart was poured into our church and city when we first came here eight years ago, and we’d fallen in love with these precious people. We planned to stay here forever.
Over these past few months, we’ve experienced the stress of illnesses among extended family members, as well as increased responsibility at my husband’s secular job. If you didn’t know it, he was bi-vocational (working a full-time job outside of the church) since our church wasn’t ready to support a full-time pastor. He had also been traveling more for work, which means he was available less to our church.
All of this meant that we had limited time to spend together as a family, too. He was being spread too thin and it was starting to wear on us all.
We prayed, cried, and counseled about this decision. A handful of nights I even cried myself to sleep. There have been sleepless nights for both of us as we wrestled with this realization: we accomplished what God called us here to do, and now it’s time to step back. It’s been a challenging season, but we realized that we were no longer able to care for the church with the excellence that they deserve.
One of the most challenging parts of leadership is simply knowing when to leave and how to leave well.
While we are confident we are in the will of God, leaving is hard. We are human, and our hearts are hurting.
What About Our Family?
You may ask about what’s next for our family; the truth is that we aren’t certain. God has asked us to trust Him during this time, and that is what we are endeavoring to do. We do feel prompted to carve out more time for rest and not make any big decisions for the next few months. We look forward to savoring some long weekends together as a family this summer.
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Do Hard Things
We’re continually learning how to obey the Lord, not because of what’s next or what we can see with our own eyes, but because He is faithful. We deprive ourselves of His best blessings when we demand that we see our future before we choose to follow Him.
If this is His plan for us in this season, then it’s also His plan for our church family that we love so very much. We can rest assured that He has everything under control and offers His perfect peace to both us and them.
We can’t be afraid to do hard things, right? Whether it’s church, or family, or simply managing our finances, when God is in it, we can trust Him. Even in the bittersweet moments, He guides our steps. He is the one writing our story, and He is the greatest author of all time.
“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…“ (Hebrews 12:1-2)
He writes the best stories. We can trust Him.
Whether this is a pause, or a pivot, or a nail-biting cliffhanger — only He knows.
Let’s keep reading and find out together.
Next week I’ll be in Chicago at a blogging conference, so things might be quiet around here. If our paths happen to cross, be sure to pull me aside and say hello! I’d love to chat <3
With much love,
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