Have you ever watched God do something in your life and it is so crazy, even though you were living it, it was still hard to believe? Welcome to our lives.
To catch you up, after 8 years of ministry at NorthWood Church, I have resigned and we have accepted a new ministry position at Westwind Church in Waukee, Iowa – a suburb of Des Moines. We are moving from Texas to Iowa.
Honestly, November and December may very well be the hardest months I have ever walked through. I first connected with Brandon Barker, the Lead Pastor from Westwind, around the beginning of November. When we first talked, I told Kari – “Westwind seems like an incredible Church, but I am not sure the position would be a good fit for me.”
Maybe I am hard headed, but over the 2 month period, God got my attention and showed us it is for us. Believe me when I say we wrestled with God. It never felt like we were fighting God. But it felt like we were holding onto God for dear life and begging for discernment and confirmation of what he was calling us to do.
As we walked through the process I can say with as much human confidence I can have – We know God has called us to be a part of Westwind Church, and we couldn’t be more excited.
To my NorthWood family – We will miss you dearly. You have been our friends, family and everything in between for the past 8 years. Eight out of our nine years of marriage have been at NW and all of our children have been born while we are here. We simply do not know life outside of our relationships there. We love you deeply.
To my new Westwind family - We are pumped to get to know you. God has already put an excitement in our hearts to serve you. I hope you like us, because you are stuck with us now!
As far as a timeline, January 27th will be our last Sunday at NorthWood. As soon as we are done that morning we will start our migration north. We will be moving the week of Jan 28 and be introduced on Feb 3rd to Westwind.
One last thing. God has done a great thing. We have a contract on our house! We had an offer 4 days after it went on the market from the first people who looked at the house. After countering back and forth, we had a contract after 7 days on the market. Thank you Lord!