Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sometimes…

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God answers prayer with a no. 

I really dislike that song by Garth Brooks, the one about unanswered prayer. God answers prayer, just sometimes the answer isn’t what we want or what we were praying for. 

We are in that boat right now. Dave had a talk with a guy from corporate first who gave him information I thought was encouraging… then he met with his business consultant. He told him that they were seriously interviewing someone else for the Longmont CFA, a guy from Dallas wants the store; he is willing to leave a higher volume unit to come to Longmont… don’t know why. So, Dave will most likely not get it.

I am pretty crushed to say the least. Dave took today off work to spend with me because I am so upset. Dave was very encouraged by the conversation and was given the feedback that he will be an excellent operator, hopefully of a free standing unit, just not right now. They want to see more from him but want to get someone in Longmont permanently. 

I don’t really understand the thought process and I don’t understand how something that seemed so perfect and so from God just isn’t working out. It is a mystery to me.

I am heartbroken because I wanted to have Holland in preschool, I wanted them to make friends, I want to have our baby near family. When I go into labor who do we call? I feel like everything I had envisioned for our future in Colorado is just gone right now. 

The business consultant said he wanted Dave in Colorado… he wants him to be here eventually. There are over 12 grand openings set to open within the next year. So… patience, patience is my goal right now. I have to make the best of wherever we are, release control (again) and trust that Longmont would have been good but God obviously is having us wait for His best.

Thank you for your prayers in this process. It has been a challenging roller coaster to say the least. I think the hardest part has been the expectations… thinking the store was going to be ours and having to change that completely, overnight. But at least we have an answer and can move on to the next thing: I am grateful for that…

I am grateful for A LOT. I am thankful for the lessons and the way I can already look back and see God’s provision, I am just looking forward to seeing how this situation He is going to use this situation: even though it is really hard right now. 

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Just breathe….

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Dave has been waiting since his interview to hear whether or not he is still a candidate for Longmont. Well, he got the call today. He is still a candidate.

HOWEVER, he is a terrible interviewer :)… yup, they have told him many times that he is. He was told that his life story was, “a mile wide and two inches deep.” ouch.

But the thing is: it isn’t. Dave is a phenomenal person who has so many dimensions and passions and kindness and love and capacity for influence. You just don’t see that in an hour. Another reason I am CONVINCED that God put us in the store so that Dave can prove himself through results rather than interviews (because that obviously isn’t working).

So here is the update: Dave is not the man for Longmont: yet. They want to see him show what he can do. They told him that they don’t have another person on deck yet… but if someone shows up they really like they just might give the store to him/her. OKAY… got it. 

I honestly think it is fabulous news. I feel like I can breathe. I believe that God has us here and I have COMPLETE faith in God and in my husband. I know Dave can show that he can be successful at Longmont. We might be in corporate housing for an extended period of time, but I don’t really care about that. I have realized how hard our children are on a living space. The smaller, the cleaner and the less stuff to destroy, the less stuff that is destroyed :).

Ways that you can pray:

Pray that Longmont flourishes under Dave. Pray that God would provide leadership and full time people who are hard workers (they really need full time people: especially after school starts again). Pray that God would continue to open doors.

I feel like having more of an answer can help me to focus on something other than our situation. I mean, it will still be stressful looking at the numbers, hoping for good staff, etc… But, at least we have something tangible. Some sort of direction. 

Thank you for your prayers. 

Anxiety

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Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God brought this scripture to mind tonight. I have been VERY anxious about the future. I don’t want to move again, I mean I DON’T want to move again. I want to be settled, to have a community, to have a set job for Dave, to have a preschool for the kids, to…. (there are SO many things).

However, there have been so many things recently that have put my situation into perspective. My friends who have micro-preemie babies, my friend who lost her sister in an act of violence, the fires in Colorado, the shooting in Aurora, deaths of children…

But, the beauty of having a personal God is that He still cares about what is important to me in the midst of harder situations going on with people around me. My problems are not even close to as big as the ones listed above… but that doesn’t make them less important to God, I have to remember that.

I think the balance lies in remembering others while still presenting requests of my own to the Lord. I have been convicted that I need to present all of my requests and worries to Him and He WILL give me a peace. But, at the same time I have to keep others in prayer as well. We are commanded to pray for one another throughout scripture and scripture is filled with the giants of the Bible lifting others in prayer. 

Praying for others keeps my issues in perspective 🙂 If you would like prayer for something please let me know… I want to be praying for others and would appreciate your prayer as well.

Please pray that God would open the doors for Longmont CFA. We still feel a peace that this is where we are supposed to be. We honestly have no idea what is going on with the process. We know that God has brought us this far… if you read my posts dating back in October I was worried about Dave getting into the IM program and honestly he could have been easily rejected due to lack of experience: but he wasn’t. We could have been placed somewhere other than Aurora in January and never learned about Longmont: but we weren’t. God took us to Utah where we pursued Longmont further and they told us we would be placed there: but we were. We thought that we were going to get the store by August: but that is not going to happen. God has opened doors and it is NOT a coincidence that we are here. I am typing all of this to remind myself of that. God has opened the doors and if He wants to He will continue to open doors: it won’t be because of anything that we do. He is in control.

I have seen a lot of posts about prayer being a waste of time in regards to the Aurora shooting. This makes me SO sad for those who truly believe it. Prayer has been the one thing that has gotten me through this process. Dave and I praying together, praying with and for others, praying by myself. Knowing that the God of the universe hears me… it is pretty amazing.

The God of the universe hears when I call on Him. The God of the Universe. again, amazing.

I guess I don’t have to be anxious 🙂

Please pray with Dave and me that we would get to stay in Longmont… we love it here:

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