Thursday, August 22, 2013

Why we chose the house.

You may remember this post from a little while ago.
There were so many things on our hearts. 
Things we were praying about for so long.
Long before I shared it on my blog.
I hesitated with that post at first because sometimes, some don't understand our hearts.
I was afraid I would be expected to choose one way or the other or that others would scold me for making, what they thought, was the wrong choice. 
But really, only God's opinion matters, so I went ahead and shared our hearts with you.
But boy, did we struggle with this decision friends. 
We spent so much time talking about it and praying over it. 
Our decision is this. 
 We will use some of the funds to allow Nathan to go down to 3 days a week at his current job.
He will be able to take 2, sometimes 3 full days to work on anything his little heart desires for the youth. 
He will have time to actually:
meet up with students during the day and pour into their lives
spend more time studying the Word and preparing his lesson. 
Prepare youth events, camp, and all that mundane stuff.
No, it's not full time. 
But it was his decision and we think it will really help him to accomplish the 
deep desire he has to see lives changed. 
We believe Peoria is where God wants us for a very long time. 
& part of that is fully committing ourselves to this community by buying a home here.
We were ready to be permanently invested as we feel the Lord has called us to be.
We are beyond excited about this next step and can't wait to share all the details with you.
Our offer was officially accepted today on a home literally down the street from where we are renting now.
We hope to host many, many small groups, birthday parties, & youth events.
It has always been a dream of mine to open up our home and share it with others.
However that looks, whether coffee dates, meetings, dinners, I am just so, so thankful it can began soon.


  1. What great news! So happy for you, Jess! =)

  2. Yay, Awesome News! Congrats Jess! So Happy for both of you!

  3. So fun Jess! An awesome choice!

  4. So exciting! :) Happy for you!!


  5. Congratulations!!! It's so exciting to just trust God and knowing you're where He wants you is so fulfilling. My youth pastor hubby and I were just in Peoria last weekend- he was a groomsmen in a wedding. We stayed at the Mark Twain. The riverfront there is really pretty!


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