Our Core Team has graduated the Celebrate Recovery Step Study! We have launched and more and more people are coming each Friday night. We have different worship groups leading each week from many different churches! We are praying the Lord provides financially as we grow. Josh is seeing clients as well as working full time. We are praying for wisdom of when to take a step of faith and leave behind the lawn work. Praying for more clients, but already reaching that point of how to take on more in a healthy way when the spare time isn't spare. God is good and we are trusting Him to move us as He sees fit.
We are getting closer to the Launch of CR and we have opened up the Counseling Service of Lifeline. We have been able to raise up a leader for Lifecoast Nursery so we can step out of direct leadership in that ministry to concentrate more fully on the Celebrate Recovery and Counseling Practice. We have several fundraisers in the works and are praying for God's continued provision as we move forward.
Joshua has finished his thesis for his MA in Christian Counseling! Thank you to God, our Pastors and several key friends for their support through this process. Can't believe this day is finally here and we thank you for helping make it happen!! <3
For the last two years we have tried several programs to lower our mortgage to what they told us it would be when we bought the house. At first with no children and both us working we could afford the mortgage, but add two kids and me only working part-time from home, and it was a lot tighter. We were denied the first round after months of resubmitting paperwork. Then in march we heard of a new program so we applied. After several attempts at closing we finally got a solid date this week. An hour before closing we got the call that we needed additional funds to close, which we did not have. We didn't feel a peace about the situation. We didn't feel right about taking funds from josh's schooling to pay the closing fee. We were extremely frustrated and angry. So, instead of being pressured we went to a friend in real estate to talk about other options. She called to check out the situation and 5 minutes after we would have signed the paperwork, the lenders had a new hud that had just arrived where they gave us money instead of us coming up with additional funds. Our friend came with us to our closing half hour late and verified the figures and walked us through the signing which allowed for a lot more peace! It turned out the lender was a christian agency and we chatted with her about church and ministry, also meeting her son who was also working on his Masters in Counseling. The man that had set up the old paperwork, never showed, but having our friend there made us confident of the new paperwork. I feel that God really blessed us because we did not allow ourselves to be pressured into signing or be rushed into a decision. Now our mortgage is at a lower fixed rate, it is now about what they told us it would be when we signed for the house 5 years ago and we have a month reprieve from our payments. We are so grateful that God walks before us, especially as we prepare for Josh to move into full time ministry/counseling this fall.
We got our confirmation email today after our reevaluation virtual interview yesterday. We have been accepted into the Launch Training program now that our vision for a Celebrate Recovery Campus is clear. Conferences are lining up to prepare us for the next 6 months of intensive training. This has been a huge encouragement! A year ago when we went to launch we were approved but were waiting on God to clarify his vision so we could proceed. Took some heart work since Celebrate Recovery is no easy path but we are excited to see him placing things before us to reaffirm that this is indeed the path he has called us to. The last year of team building opportunity through other ministry has been a challenge and strengthened both of us to be more resilient. So bring it on! :D
I got a job working for Trades of Hope! I get to watch my girls and work from my home computer. It is a company that helps women out of poverty. I get to bring in some extra income but still be home doing what is most dear to my heart. I feel so blessed and grateful!
Keilah Abigail was born on May 19th at 2:19pm. I had prayed for shorter birth, less pain and no tearing and to go sooner than my due date! I got a shorter labor by 7hrs! No tearing! Still excruciating pain but only officially 7 minutes of pushing! And she was born 8 days early! She was 1/4" smaller head but 8ounces heavier than dassa, and the same length. Her belly button fell off at only three days and she is perfectly healthy! We feel so blessed and content with our two beautiful girls :))
Okay, so yesterday I received the leap frog alphabet system for Dassa along with the Leap Frog Word Whammer and the alphabet. I know it may seem trivial to you, but I have wanted to get this for Dassa probably for almost a year now. She knows her letters from starfall but she has to be on my computer for that. I almost bought this leapfrog learning kit for her several times but couldn't quite bring myself to spend the money. Leap frog is great but not cheap! And now a fellow mom homeschooler gave hers to me because her kids had outgrown it. I love how God cares about every little tiny want as well as providing daily for our big needs. Thank you God for showing how deep your love for me is - may this journal help to keep that message sunk deep in my silly little brain. <3
I just was handed another paycheck for website design. Makes me feel good to bring in some income right before the baby comes :) Thank you God for the connections and opportunities you have fall into my lap! Thank you also for helping me get things done and wrapped up before Keilah is here! You are in the details! Love you!
I was just getting ready to pull out Keilah's clothes when I realized there wasn't really enough room for Dassa's and hers together in one bureau. So, I told josh we needed another and started to keep my eyes open at yard sales and such. I had our neighbor lady come over yesterday and offer us her daughter's bedroom set which is in fantastic condition! She is moving to a smaller house and couldn't take it with us and offered it for Dassa. It has three drawers under a twin bed and a matching dresser that looks brand new! Thank you God for yet one more way you provide for our needs! Now I can start pulling out the baby clothes and getting their rooms organized. :)