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Pure joy.

I am so thankful for today. I woke up with a peace in my heart just knowing it was a new day and excited to see what was in store. I spent the morning by myself cleaning, thinking and praying. Our hearts have been so heavy....there has been a lot going on at our church which has broken our hearts, we are patiently waiting to hear back on the job for Chris and mine is up in the air right now. We are stressed, worried, crushed and at a place where we are constantly checking our hearts to make sure the decisions we make are pleasing to the Lord. That is all I can say right now, I will go into more detail tomorrow. (ps. make sure you sent your email to us so you can stay involved in our blog since its going private tomorrow).
I spent the rest of the afternoon with mom talking about everything that is going on and then having several conversations with people in our life who are going through the same thing we are. I don't even know how to explain how we are feeling right now. Tonight when Chris and I sat down for dinner he prayed and it brought tears to my eyes. His prayer was from James 1..."Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4
As he prayed it felt like it was the first time I had ever heard that verse, even though it is what I have been teaching my small group girls. That verse is so true and so real in our life. We are to be filled with joy right now. Not stressed out and worried. It was such an encouragement to Chris and I. The Lord has a perfect plan through all that is going on and His glory will be revealed in the end.
Our prayer right now is that He will show us what to do and make it clear. We need more patience with waiting to hear back on Chris' job, we need to 100% trust that God will open a door for me and my job, we need to consider this time in our life pure joy. Wow. I know that God is just getting started with us and we are excited to see all that He has planned. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. We'll keep you posted on this journey that we're on...

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