Monday, August 18, 2008

For I know the plans...

Well, it's hard to imagine that Josiah is now 6 weeks old. It seems like he has always been a part of our lives. As I sit here, I try not to have a heavy heart. On Monday, I will be returning to the classroom. For how long? I don't know. Things are moving along with the churches in VA and SC, but nothing is finalized yet, so we feel it would be pretty foolish for me to quit my job and not have any income coming in. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in VA. Chris and I can see ourselves at this church ministering. The only problem is they want Chris to work part time and have a lower salary. For Chris' position to go full time, he is the one who would be in charge of reaching out to people and get them involved. The reality is Chris would have to work a second job which would mean less time to focus on ministry and chances are he wouldn't be as effective in getting people to the church which means it would take longer for the position to go full time. Chris talked with the chair of the search committee last night and just shared his heart in the matter and how he wants to be able to provide for his family and have our needs met without struggling each month and how he wants to be most effective for the church. They are meeting on Wednesday to discuss if they will recommend him to the session with a little bit higher salary. Then, in two weeks, the session will meet to vote on whether they will agree to us coming. I know the Lord has called me to be a stay at home mom, but there is obviously a reason why I'm going back to the classroom. He has a plan. I know one day down the road I will use this sorrowful time to minister to another woman. It's just never fun going through these moments. I just wish I could be at peace with the whole situation. I do have great comfort in knowing that Chris will be staying home with Josiah to take care of him while I work. He is a great daddy and loves our little man so much! He says he will even bring him into work during my free times so I can get a Josiah fix. He will work Monday and Friday nights and some on Saturdays. He was very understanding when I asked him to limit his time at work during the week, so we can have time together as a family. It will also be very stressful the first few weeks of school, so I will need as much support from him as possible.

Please continue to pray for us and especially me as I return to work on Monday. I know the Lord has a plan for the Greenwoods.