It’s been almost 4 years since I started deliberately praying for God to reveal His purpose for my life. This is what I’ve learned. When I pursue Him in His fullness with the same zeal that He pursued me with in my brokenness....I am in perfect peace.
We rejoice that God has revealed a path forward in His plan for us! The next steps have continued to become clear as we have prayed and sought wise counsel. Amy and I look with great anticipation to the future, as we continue to seek out God's plan for our lives. We don't know exactly what it will look like, but saying “YES!” to Him IS the plan! After a great deal of prayer and research I have enrolled in Regent University’s Seminary to pursue a Master of Divinity.
Pieces have come together as I was nominated in 2017 to take a special leadership course at Brentwood Baptist Church (where I continue to serve as Executive Chef/Food Service Director). The TNT course ignited a fire and zeal for discipleship. This passion for learning about God and His Word has only gained impetus with time. We are putting feet to what we have learned as we disciple several 20-something young people, serve at our church (World Outreach in Murfreesboro) teaching three-year-old nursery and participating as small group leaders. We are thankful for the mentors that God has brought to teach us and we find great joy in serving. We have grown in our faith and understanding as God has continued to bring people into our lives who need godly teaching, listening ears and wise, loving counsel. What a privilege!
When the idea of seminary came, it seemed too big…a vision of grandeur…too radical a change in life direction. As I continued to pray and seek God’s face, it has become more and more clear that HE is prompting me toward seminary. Every time I tried to walk away from the idea…my heart was troubled and I grew more and more anxious. For both Amy and I, this step has taken a growing willingness to yield our ideas about the future to GOD’S IDEAS for us. God has gently helped us to work through our own individual fears and hang-ups as He has made us of one mind on the subject. We are both full of joy in walking forward into this next step!
I am enrolled in school for this next semester, starting January 2019. Although the thought of seminary is exciting, it is intimidating at the same time. Even with the certainty that it is His plan....it is not a decision that I have taken lightly.
One of our greatest concerns about this plan is…school isn’t free! Each semester will cost approximately $3,500. I have applied for grants and scholarships and we are pursuing every avenue we can find to harness our resources. But we cannot do it on our own! We are setting up this crowdfunding website so that people can choose to be a part of what God is doing in our lives! The need is both financial and spiritual. We need prayer! We need people to come alongside us!
"He will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in him."