We have spent the last 13 weeks, since Joshua's birth, hoping, praying, seeking, applying, interviewing and believing for a new, full-time job for Kenton. He's had three interviews, with two nos and one we're still waiting on. He's sent introductory letters to businesses in the IT field and the coffee industry in an attempt to network. He's prayed, fasted and continually check in for the job we're still waiting to hear a final decision from. But today ends a faith-building season for us. Tomorrow, I return hesitantly and with faith to my job with the state. This outcome has made both of our hearts heavy. We have cried out to God many times asking "Why?" and holding on to hope that the situation would change, even if it meant coming down the wire, the 11th hour of our wait but as of yet, we have not received the answer we had so been hoping for.
I don't mean to be dramatic, I just want to tell the truth. I feel as if I could cry at the drop of a hat today for shattered dreams. But, my new mantra is . . . fake it 'til you make it. And for me, that will be the faith that an answer that will bring provision and abundances that we so desire with come SOON. It's hard to stand on faith like that in the midst of what I'm facing but stand is what I will do.
Despite the end of this chapter not being written the way we would have hoped. I have been encouraged and challenged to reflect on the blessings of this season. The highlights if you will.
We spent time with friends & family
We went to Anderson Island
And to the beach
And we celebrated Easter as a family
And most importantly, we loved on each other!
So, despite the fact that our 13 weeks of my leave have come to an end, the time was indeed well spent and I will choose to be grateful for it. We have experience financial provision, spiritual provision and provision of fellowship with new friends. I will also choose to face my cubicle and co-workers tomorrow with faith and hope, which I know will be a little bit harder to come by. So, if you think of me tomorrow, say a prayer. God is the only thing that will get me through to the next page of the story and I am more convinced now than ever that the story is a good one! (Romans 8:28)