Some BIG News!

So, tonight I shared some big news with my incredible creative arts team at The Rock. I have to admit that I’ve had major anxiety knowing I was going to have to break this news to them – even though I have been simultaneously thrilled by what God is about to allow me to do. You see, when my second child is born in about 10 weeks, I am going to have the amazing opportunity to stay at home with Reagan and Rylee and give them my full mommy attention! In mid to late June, I will be stepping down as Creative Art’s Pastor here at this amazing church that I have served full time for the past 10 years.

I will remain as Director of Glory Academy of Fine Arts and be able do a majority of that work load from home. I have such a wonderful staff and a school full of incredible families and I am really looking forward to being able to give more of my brain power to seeing this amazing ministry become more successful in this community.

This has been a decision that has been made through much prayer and discussion with my husband and some people very close to me and I am very excited that God has directed me in this new season of our lives. I believe there are several things that God is going to allow me to give my attention to during this time and I am so very excited about all of them.

  1. My children are a gift from the Father. Even though I have had amazing people who have cared for Reagan for the past 2 1/2 years, I have grieved every day that I have had to hand him over to someone else. I can not tell you how blessed I feel to have the opportunity to give Reagan and Rylee more of my time and care – they are the biggest ministry opportunity that God has ever given to me. I am humbled by these gifts from the Lord and scared to death that I will never measure up to what they really need from me. (but by the grace of God….)
  2. I can’t wait to be a high-capacity volunteer in the arts ministry at The ROCK. It has been a long time since I’ve had the chance to serve without it being my job and I am passionate about remaining on the team in whatever capacity the new leader asks me to be. My heart is still here and I am so excited about the vision of this house and how I can contribute my skills to seeing the vision fulfilled. You WON’T see me sitting on the back row…
  3. Glory Academy has been a gift from the Lord to this community and I have been blessed to be a part of it. My attention has been divided for the past three years as I have tried to successfully direct two full time ministries. I feel this is such a wonderful chance for me to focus most of my creative energy on building this amazing team of dancers and artists for the restoration of the arts in the church.
  4. I am so excited about walking through the process of bringing on a new team member to this ministry staff. There is a new level that we’re about to step up to – a whole other level of anointing, leadership, creative intensity and passionate worship – and I am honored that I am being asked to be a part of the search process. We ask you to pray with us that God would supernaturally direct us to the right person quickly…this baby is coming fast! :

Let me close this post by saying that I have been incredibly honored to serve with some of the most amazingly talented people on this earth for the past 10 years. At times I have felt completely inept to do this job God has called me to do – but His grace has sustained me and given me every good and perfect gift that I have needed to see purpose fulfilled. The journey is not over for me in this house – I have the opportunity to remain a part of this team and I am so excited to continue on this pursuit of vision. I covet your prayers during this season of transition for me, my family and this team.

Here we go!


9 Responses to “Some BIG News!”

  1. April 14, 2008 at 12:58 am

    I am SOOO excited for you, Don, Reagan and Rylee. The ROCK has a tremendous gift of you as a high capacity volunteer in the Creative Arts Ministries.

    God is about to do something HUGE at The ROCK and I am glad you and Don are here for the ride with us.


  2. April 14, 2008 at 2:07 am

    PA, what an awesome opportunity! I love you so much and honored to have served with you. I hope that maybe we could try to continue our time together even though you won’t be a “pastor” anymore…Congrats on your decision! How awesome!

  3. April 14, 2008 at 2:59 am

    You are an anointed woman of God and I am very grateful to have served with you for the past 4+ years. You have taught me a lot. Now it is time for you to be the mother that God put in your heart to be while you concentrate your skills on Gafa. I am excited for this new leg of your life journey. I expect wonderful things for you and your family. And the Rock. It is cool that you will still be involved with the worship team. I love you a ton.

  4. April 14, 2008 at 4:30 am

    Wow! I have to honestly admit in one way I was surprised, yet in another, I could sense your longing to just be able to be mommy. I totally understand that too. I guess I feel a little sadness at the fact that I look up to you an incredible amount in the just the short time I’ve known you, and will miss watching God’s annointing work through you as you lead the church in worship every week. Yet, I know and am glad that you’ll still be a part of the worship team.

    It’s so awesome that you realize what this season of life you’re in right now is calling you to be and do. And amazing that you are obedient, even though it’s tough when you feel like you may be letting people down.

    I’m so excited for you and your expanding family! Welcome to a new phase of life!! It’ll be awesome!!!!! There’s nothing like being able to wake up with your kids every morning snuggling up in bed with you, and just be mommy. You’re in my prayers. Love ya!

  5. April 14, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    We will miss you in the sense of not being our leader and we appreciate all you have given to us but I am so much more excited for you getting the chance to stay at home ( a little jealous too). There is no greater joy in life to me than having the opportunity to devote yourself to your family (which is why I treasure the summer soooo much)!

  6. April 15, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Congratulations! I know you will love being able to share all those special moments with your precious daughter. And it’s nice that you’re going to keep some work to do (even though some days you may wonder when you’re going to do it!) because occasionally it gets hard to find great destiny in sweeping cheerios out from under the couch.

    I will tell you one thing- you will learn a greater definition of self-sacrifice as you sow years of your life into your children’s development. It takes a lot of faith, determination, patience and self-control…. sometimes I think children are God’s plan to develop the fruit of the spirit in us.

    May God bless you and bring you through all the joy and all the sorrow, all the peace and all the turmoil of being a full-time mom. It’s a great ride, but hang on to that bar thingy they lower over your lap, ok?

  7. 7 Beth
    April 16, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Congratulations!!! I was so happy to read this. Enjoy each and every moment!! I know you will.

  8. April 16, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    I am so happy that my baby gets to be home with her babies! I remember going to work when you were 10 months old–it hurt so much. When you were 4 yrs. old I quit working and had the opportunity to enjoy time with you before you started kindergarten.
    You have a little time before Reagan goes to school. Cherish every moment–enjoy the snuggling–teach him fun songs–watch him loving his little sister! I love you, Mom

  9. 9 Steph
    April 18, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    YAY! I’m so happy for your family. This is a great decision. All four of you will benefit from this move. I’m sure it’s not easy to step down from something you love so much, but you’ll be in a new position that you know you’ll love much much more….full-time Mommy! I’m excited for you. Love to all!

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