It's April 2013. Wow, where did the last 6 months go. It's been a whirl-wind for sure. Cameron and I moved to Longview, Tx the very last weekend in September. In case you haven't heard, Cameron accepted a full-time job as minister to students at First Baptist Church in Longview!! It was an amazing answer to a long season of prayer.
TRUST. This is what GOD was teaching me over and over again. Trust Me. Trust that I know what is best for you. When it seemed so certain that GOD was showing me one path, instead, He called me to trust Him that He had an even better path. That He knew my desires even more than I did. How awesome is our GOD! Cam and I can't deny His calling us to Longview. Ask us about it if you haven't heard the story, we are happy to tell it. :)
So He brought us to Longview. Deep East Texas. If I am going to be honest, it is not where I pictured us living. I grew up on the California beach, and maybe a part of me still dreams of one day returning to the coastal life. But more than a physical location, I desire a life that is completely surrendered to my LORD. I desire a life that so pleases my GOD that I am fully content with just being His faithful servant. I desire an intimacy that only comes when I have placed 100% of my trust in Him. These things are more important to me than anything else. And these are the reasons why I believe GOD has placed us here. We are ready to wash the feet of His people in Longview, TX
It has been a busy six months. I couldn't even begin to fill you in on it all. In a nutshell, Cameron is busy hanging out, mentoring, eating lunch, playing BaptistBall (basketball), baseball, going frog gigging, fishing, hunting, or training bird dogs with the youth of our community. But more importantly, he is praying with and for them, calling them to follow Christ, teaching them servant-hood, and helping them to follow the narrow road. He is working hard to get plugged-in and building relationships among our community I couldn't be more thrilled to see Cameron doing what he is so passionate about.
I continue to work as an ER nurse at a local hospital. This is the third ER I have worked in and am amazed at how different my experiences at each of these hospitals have been. I continue to be a student of nursing, still learning and preparing myself for the next adventure to walk through the door.
My days off are a mixture of rest (from long 12 hour shifts), exercising Bella (our high-energy bird dog), and going to as many youth functions as I can. We stay busy and there is no separating our life from ministry. We are one in the same.
I so enjoy living here! I see tree's. A lot of them! We are apart of a beautiful church family. I can't express how much I love our church. They have been the biggest blessing of it all. Having a 5 minute commute to work is fabulous. Being involved in full-time ministry with Cameron has been such a treasure that gets bigger every day. We are renting a house in the middle of town with a pool and we are a stones throw from a park with plenty of room for visitors; so come visit! We can't thank our friends enough for all the prayers and support we have received during this time of transition and we are extremely grateful for all your love. Cam and I will try to post more often. Be blessed and be a blessing!
Here's a picture of our youth group: