It seems I'm overdue for an update! I've been holding off posting until I had the time to really sit down and tell everyone what's going on in our lives right now, and it looks like now is as good a time as any. So, here we go...
While we were home in Texas visiting, we received news that we'd been caught in the Air Force RIF (reduction in force) and that we have until the 29th of January to separate. Whoa - big news, I know. We actually knew that his year group was up for the RIF board, and seriously considered taking the voluntary separation pay and getting out, but decided in the end that we weren't ready to make that decision ourselves. Now that the decision has been made for us, we're really feeling quite peaceful about it... we know that this is God closing a door for us, which means He has something much better planned for us, and hopefully it's at home in San Antonio! :) So, since then we've been doing the whole job search thing and praying that God will lead us back to San Antonio to be in the city we love, with all the family & friends we miss so dearly! We feel blessed that we have almost 6 months to find a job (although we can get out sooner if we find a job sooner) and that we'll be getting a decent separation allowance once we do separate.
Our interim pastor preached a message on Sunday about following God's will for your life and trusting God's plan, and he said something that struck me and seemed very timely: "God's still on the throne." Meaning that no matter how much of a surprise this was to us, it wasn't to God; that just because we don't know what's next for us, God does and everything is going according to HIS plan! Whew, what a relief that is. We know God is using this experience to teach us to trust Him more and have patience (especially for me) that everything will work out in His timing. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
We appreciate all the prayers that so many of you are lifting up for us, keep 'em comin'! We'll be sure to post updates on the job search as we have new information. Thanks for your love and support, what a wonderful group of family and friends we've been given - you're all blessings to us!