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Well, folks, it’s time for the update. Everyone seems to be asking me what’s going on with me lately. And for once, I actually have an answer. A good one.

1) One month from today, I will be the pleased-and-proud tenant of my very own apartment. Why is this big news? Because I’ve been living at home since I graduated from college. But now, I will be liberated!! Well…sorta. The aforementioned apartment is actually attached to a house that—you guessed it—my family will be living in. But the apartment will be all mine, the lease in my name, and I’ll have the joyous (?) responsibility of paying its rent and utilities. Yay me!

Now, none of that would be possible without God. Seriously. The very reason I’ve been living with my folks so long is because the rent is so cheap. But God has provided me with a new job. Which brings me to my second bit of news.

2) I have a new job! I’m still at the Pregnancy Care Centers, and the coffee shop (at least for now), but as of today I am employed by my church, Memorial Park Presbyterian. As what? I’m so glad you asked! I will be the new Interim Worship Leader for Community Worship, the “modern” Saturday night service that I’ve been volunteering with for the last year and a half.

And with these two new responsibilities, I feel like a whole new chapter of my life is opening up. It is both exciting and terrifying simultaneously.

The new apartment—I’m ecstatic about! I can’t wait to get in there and decorate it all my way, and (slowly) buy all the things I need. The packing, moving, and unpacking…that I’m not too wild about.

The new job…I am also excited about, but in a more humbled, nervous, awed way. If you think of it, I could use prayer for it. Often. It is going to be challenging…but in a good, growing way. And after all…it’s interim. As in, temporary until we hire a Worship Pastor for the church, and then to be re-evaluated.

Okay, wow…so that’s like the whole thing. Now you know. SO…if you have any advice—on worship, or owning an apartment—leave me a comment! Or say whatever you want. I’m cool with that. Later! :)


TR said...

These are indeed exciting times. Hard work ahead - but with a nice reward -space and peace of mind at the end of the day.

Brianne said...

I'm ao proud! I can't wait to see your new place- books everywhere, even in the bathroom!

erin said...

Very exciting!! Congrats on both of these great acomplishments!! I think its wonderful that you're going to be living on your own before getting married (not that you have to get married next, but I always say that because I didn't live by myself before get got married - no, dorm life doesn't count - but that's one of my few regrets in life). So...does this mean your family is moving??

And about the new job - very, very exciting!!! We'll definitely be praying for you.

Advice...Hmmmm...I really have no advice to offer. Well, on second thought...my advice is this...whatever you do, DON'T get a dog like likes to drag your underwear out of the hamper and into the middle of the living room - when you have company!!! But, if you decide NOT to heed my advice, and you do desire such a dog, let me know...I'll gladly send you mine!!!!!

cynthia said...

coolio hoolio! i definitely agree with erin - about living on your own before marriage. (but most likely i won't get too, unless a miracle happens.) my advice would be to not let yourself get bored when your at home alone, but if you do then go visit with your folks. i know too many people that have said that they wish they had gotten out more, instead of staying at home all the time. also, i would advise sitting around - or reading and cooking - in your underwear as much as you can. what else...hmmm...DON'T, I repeat DON'T paint any of your walls red. that's a bad color for walls. i don't know why people do it, they always think they can make it look good, but it never looks good. it just looks like blood on the walls. and that can be pretty creepy in an apartment at night by yourself.
what else...oh, yeah. congrats on the job. isn't it funny how God likes to put us in positions that we would've never thought we'd be in a few years ago. remember when you took over as worship leader for IV? yeah, i knew God was up to something, and I wasn't going to say anything. so there. ha.
don't let it go to your head, though. i know it won't. you're pretty humble.

0h, by the way. how has your book been selling?

Laynie said...

Your very own place. How cool is that! I hope you enjoy it.

Worship is a tricky thing. You have to figure out what works. If you've got a good thing going already, then that part is done. But just remember to ask yourself often whether the program is meeting the needs of the people. If it's not, then it's time to throw tradition out the window and think outside the box. But if it's a nontraditional service already, then maybe someone somewhere along the way already did that. :-) Wish my church would learn to do that.