Well, it's confession time I guess.
About a year ago, the youth pastor position opened up at our local church. Brian and I both felt like he should apply for the position. He went in for interviews and was perfect for the job.
We were very regular attendees at our church, LifeChurch.TV Edmond, for about 9 years. We courted while attending there, got married while attending there, served in LifeKids there, and brought our babies to childcare there for the first time. It was our church home. We loved our worship pastor, and it always felt like it was where we were supposed to be.
Brian going on staff seemed like a natural fit. During the interview process, the mention of him being hired at the Yukon campus came up many times. Brian is from Yukon, knows tons of people there, and they (since opening their doors) had never hired a youth pastor.
See, our church is not your typical church. Life Church is one church in multiple locations. Instead of having a mega campus, we have campuses in multiple states and online. All campuses see teaching from our senior pastor, Craig Groeschel, each week. Each individual campus has it's own staff and pastors to help everything run smoothly at each location.
One of Brian and my's most heated debates in the past couple of years was about whether or not he should even consider the job in Yukon. I was 100% hands down, NO! We were not going to Yukon! Our church home is Edmond, and it always has been. Plus, we live in Edmond and Yukon is a nice 30 minute drive down the turnpike.
I was adamant. We belong in Edmond.
But Oh how I love the way our plans are often not at all what we want them to be.
God had greater plans for Brian and me.
Before I knew it, God was all over me. I knew we were supposed to go to Yukon. They were still looking for a youth pastor, and after a few months learning the ropes in Edmond, I knew it was time for us to say goodbye to the place we loved and knew as our church home.
We've been making the drive to Yukon for a while now, and I am so incredibly glad that God knows exactly where He wants us. It took a lot for me to go to Brian and tell him that I thought he should apply in Yukon. The Holy Spirit is pretty relentless at times, though. I knew I would be miserable until I gave in.
I had no idea what He had in store for us in this new place. I was used to things the way I was used to them. But God has stretched both Brian and me in ways that we never expected.
And can I tell you that the people in Yukon are incredible! I have never felt more at home or more loved.
I was honored to stand before an amazing group of women tonight at LifeChurch.TV Yukon at our global Sisters event.
I have the humbling and incredibly wonderful job of helping our Women's Life Groups (small groups) grow and flourish over the next few months, and I can't wait.
It's an opportunity to do what I love (disciple women) that I know I never would have had in Edmond. God knew where He needed us to be, and I am so honored that He chose us to hang out with the amazing people at the Yukon campus.
It's a good thing I'm not in charge, and it's a very good thing that Christ is.
Day 13 of a year of writing