Have you ever experienced breakthrough?
Breakthrough: A military movement or advance all the way through and beyond and enemy's front line defense.
We feel like we've hit a breakthrough. HALLELUJAH!
For the past few years, Scott and I, and many of you, have been pressing in and pushing for what we feel God has called us to, and crying out, and just plain crying, and waiting, and fighting. And this week God truly turned everything around. But to tell the story the right way I will start at the beginning.
When we moved to Florida, we were sure, we will be here for months maybe a year, just so we can have Declan and have a secure home to be able to bring a new baby in to. Months went by, we both found jobs, we were trying to remain "unsettled" but slowly we started settling in. And our goal of getting back to South Carolina, became a hope deferred.
"Hope deferred makes the heart sick..." Proverbs 13:12
We started getting pretty defeated. Losing hope. In some ways forgetting everything we had prayed for, and felt God had told us. And began to try and make a life for ourselves here, even though we didn't feel God's presence on that idea, we thought maybe we were wrong the whole time and this is the opportunity God has given us now so we might as well make the most of it.
But just before Declan was born, Holy Spirit moved again. Scott took a long walk, to smoke his pipe and pray for a bit and when he came back from his walk he felt like the Lord said to put in to become full time at Disney, to apply for Grad School at MorningStar AND that we would be moving back to SC in January. Even though we'd practically given up on that dream, we began to hope again. The Lord really encouraged us that day. Shortly after, Scott applied for and was accepted to grad school, and he got put on full time at Disney.
Full time at Disney has been a huge blessing on us financially. Not to mention the way we have been able to bless so many with free tickets into the parks! And discounts on merchandise. Wow. Never would Scott and I imagine that the Lord would use US to give our families such an awesome gift. My Mom NEVER in her wildest dreams believed that she would see Disney World. Bringing her their with her husband, and grand daughter was such a fun day. She became a child for a day and it was truly a beautiful memory none of us will ever forget.
There were also so many little things that we've not been able to do, because financially we just never had the wiggle room. It has felt nice to freely buy things that our children need, in the time that they need them! instead of holding off for months! And Christmas shopping, has been a blessing as well. We will be able to give each other and our children and really nice Christmas this year which always brings such great joy to any parent to be able to give great gifts to your children freely in celebration of our awesome King!
The drawbacks about Disney, were the hours and the work conditions. Without going in to too much detail, Scott has been working 6 days a week, for a month he worked all night every night, slept all day, and had one day off.
Towards the beginning of this month we started to feel desperate again. We are missing Scott and he is missing having a life outside of Disney. The family is a unit. If just one of you are not around, we can't function. And we have really been struggling these past couple of months.
And finally something happened. Scott got a message, someone at Morningstar was pursuing him about applying for a job. We were so encouraged. Scott applied for a position in the IT department with MorningStar a ministry in Fort Mill that we LOVE. Scott went through two interviews and things were going really well, and so we began to wait. And hope.
We decided to spend a week fasting a praying specifically for this job situation.
A couple days into our praying, things got even worse with Disney and Scott's scheduling and we thought , wow, is the Lord trying to PUSH us out of this job?
We prayed more, and felt pretty confident, that if we were feeling God had told us we would go back to SC in January, and then we had this job offer, that we better put our faith in God that he WILL get the job and we will be moving a in a few weeks.
So we decided Scott should put in his two weeks notice. Bold yes. But their is risk in faith. Faith without risk shouldn't really be considered faith at all.
Scott went in to work on Thursday, the last day of our fast, and put in his two weeks notice. Just hours later, he received a phone call about the job. And not only did he get the job, but he will receive more money than we were told! Thanks Lord:)
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
WE ARE GOING HOME! PRAISE YOU GOD!!!
Scott is so encouraged. After years of job searching, he finally has an awesome door to walk through. One that we have been praying for specifically since we first decided to move to South Carolina. And we even prayed specifically that someone would approach Scott and offer him a job at MorningStar.
"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life" Proverbs 13:12
The day after we received this news, we also received news that our friends loan was approved on their new home, they would be moving in December 21st and would love for us to join them when we get up there. THANK YOU LORD.
And thank you all. Some of you have journeyed with us in your hearts for years. And you have contended in prayer and we pray that you will surely reap what you have sown.
There are some logistics to work out of course. But Scotts start date is January 7th. How fun is God? And his classes start back up January 8th:) He will be able to join his class IN PERSON and no longer through Skype!
We are so grateful. So relieved. So excited. For years we've been waiting, and believing, and trusting. And the day has come where it has all opened up. And we can't even imagine what God will do once we get there. We are excited to share more testimonies with you of His faithfulness once we get there so keep reading:)
And here we go. Back to Fort Mill. I guess Carolina was not only in our minds after all. God shared that secret with us long ago. I love how he leads us. We thought we were crazy for all the things we believe God showed us. Well maybe we were crazy for believing, but its so encouraging to have confirmation. To know that not only did you hear God, but he heard you.
He loves us...dreams come true...here we go!