OK...long story short....my dh is a music minister. We were at a church, we will call it church 1. While at ch1 we were approached by church2. Ch2 offered us a position. We looked at where we were and said...NO we like ch1 and we want to serve here. There is a great ministry that we feel we can be a part of. Time goes and things at ch1 start to go south. We examine what we want and decide that we are not following God's leading and have been acting on our own selfish desire. While we are re-evaluation dh is approached by church3. We also tell ch3 NO because we do not want to move to Northern OH. We wanted to stay in the area we were in. Dh call ch2 and asks about the position. It is still open. We interview and he has the job but salary must be approved. Dh is called, bad news. The day that we had our salary approved one of the members of this church is laid off. The leadership decides they must take care of their own first...we do not get the job. Things go horrific at ch1, dh resigns. We are unemployed. Dh calls ch3. The position there is open. We interview, we are about to be voted on. Dh and I take a step back and decide that this is not where we are to be. The church has some things it needs to clean inhouse first. We are searching for a job. While we are searching we are earnestly praying that God will show us His will. Dh and I come together one evening and bare all and tell each other the way we believe that God is leading us. We both, amazingly enough have the same feeling. We are told about an oppurtunity to begin a prep-school (which was our dream when we were first married) we were approached by church 4. Ch4 aligns perfectly with the prep-school. YAY we are finally on our way after many detours!!!
Now this is where we are today. Ch4 loves dh...BUT the minister wants this other guy who isn't even interested....long story in itself. So, it appears that ch4 is a bust and our dream will not happen
BUT God is providing us with a wonderful oppurtunity with a church in VA
The point. My dh and I have told God NO a lot this year. Yes it affected us but it affected others too. Ch2 is not liking the man they hired (which wouldnn't have been there if we had opened our eyes to begin with) Ch3 is still struggling with their problems. Ch1 is about dead (nothing to do with us)
The kicker is...we are finally listening to what God is telling us. We are no longer in limbo. Everything seems so clear. BUT someone else is telling God NO and we are the ones paying for it.
I always knew growing up that when I told GOd NO that His plan for my life would have to be adjusted and that I may not experience all of the wonderful things he had instore...I will have different experiences. However, I never realized that may decisions affected the lives of others.
Soory this was so long!!! I needed to share what I have been learning (the hard way