I have a minute, so I thought I'd better take advantage of it (really, I'm avoiding laundry & packing!). So why in the world would we move to Seattle? We have great friends, my dream house, a job at a church that loves us, close enough to both sides of our family, did I mention great friends?! There is no earthly reason for us to move. And that leads us to the answer.
This is not a move that we would pick. BUT it is a move that we feel God is choosing for us.
About 2 years ago, Jason really started feeling that God was moving him toward something different. Not necessarily bigger or better, just different. He has been a youth minister for 13 years & (we both) thought that he would be youth minister his entire career. But more & more he knew that God was wanting him to become a full-time pastor. Not only that, but a pastor where there is great need.
If you live anywhere in the south, you know that there are churches on nearly every corner. And that should mean that everyone loves his neighbor, there are Christians in every business & miracles happen all the time, right? Not true of course. I have started to realize that the Bible belt has become very complacent & happy with the American Dream, not Biblical truths. All that to say, when Jason started applying to churches, he put his application in the NE, Mid-West, West and Northwest. Martha Lake Baptist (www.marthalake.org) was not the first church to contact Jason, but was the first that we really could see God's hand in the process.
On a side note, it was overcast & mild temp all day today. Thought about Seattle all day long & wondering how we will cope with the change in weather/climate...
Our 2nd day in Seattle @ Snoqualmie Falls. Hot proposal spot! :-)