Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Change

What does that word "change" evoke in your head? Excitement? Fear? Apprehension? Unknown? Newness? Well, I don't generally do very well with change for lots of different reasons (hence the same blog layout forever!), and so often times, God has to give me a push in order for me to take the steps He wants me to take. The Schrodt family is going through one of those times.

We were told the week before Thanksgiving that David's position at the church was going to be eliminated at the end of the year. They are cancelling the worship service that he leads for both financial reasons and to try and unify our church and bring everyone back together under one roof. While I can understand both reasons, I'd be lying to say that my heart was in total agreement with the decisions. This affects our family greatly. Not only for the huge financial hole that we are now facing in just a matter of weeks, but also for this arm of ministry that we have been invested in for the last 4 years. Our heart breaks for the people of Kinetic - those that have been so dedicated over these last several years. Those who have persevered and hung with us through tough times. Because this means change for all of them too.

David and I have talked quite a bit over the last several weeks as we process this news. He knows that he desires to lead worship full-time somewhere, and God has obviously closed this door here. So we will be looking to see where God will lead us to. It also means that in a matter of weeks, we will have major holes in our income that was needed to pay the bills and are going to have to trust God for some supernatural provision. So please pray with us. Pray that God will lead David and I to exactly the place that He has in store, waiting for us. Pray that God would provided the necessary resources for us in the meantime as we struggle to make up some of the difference in the income. Pray for protection over my sweet family. That my kids would be protected from any extra stress. That David's faith would continue to be resolute and firm. Pray for protection over our marriage as both David and I have to work some extra hours and take on additional night/weekend work in order to make ends meet. Pray for our church as it attempts this next phase of transition. And pray that God would be glorified throughout all of this. We KNOW He has great things in store and are praying that through it all, our testimony of faith and God's faithfulness will speak loudly to others.

We have much to be thankful for. We have been loved on and appreciated by so many in our church family since Sunday when the news was made public. We are so grateful for our Kinetic family. I am so thankful for my husband, whose faith does not waver and who is EXCITED to see how God will be glorified through this. I am thankful for my sweet children, who are healthy and happy. I am thankful for the way people have tangibly cared for us in the last several days - for the bags of clothes that I was given today that will be just what I need for these colder months. For the pants that were given to Josiah that are perfect for school. For the gifts of love that people are showing us. And for the HOPE that we have in our Savior - for we know that His faithfulness does not end. So we are looking forward to the other side!!!

10 comments:

Judy said...

Prov. 3:5&6 is definitely easier said than done isn't it? But one thing I know is that both you and David love the Lord with all your hearts and I know that His favor rests on both of you! Just know that I'm on my knees before the Throne of Grace on your behalf! Can't wait to see what God is going to do! Love you!

Jen said...

I don't even quite know what to say, but that you can't imagine how many times I've said a little prayer for ya'll in the last couple of days. I know the burden of financial stress and we will specifically pray for the things you mentioned. I also know that God provides and I look forward to seeing all the ways He is going to do it in your life. As for Kinetic, our heart breaks as well. It will certainly be a change. I pray the Lord will allow you to minister to many others in the way you have ministered to so many of us these last 4 years. Praying for you as you live beyond yourself!!!

The Stein Family said...

I can't imagine -- I don't do well with change either, esp ones that don't necessarily look good at the onset. Still, know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God does have a plan and all will work out. I pray that the stress only makes you and your family (as well as your church family) stronger.

Heather J said...

We have been thinking of your family and praying for you bunches since we heard about the 'change' on Sunday. Please know that eventhough we are hundreds of miles away, please do not hesitate to call on us as if we were right there still! Just like you've said, God has plans for the Schrodts and we can't wait to see what they are!!!!

Andrea said...

Praying for you all. A little sad about what this could mean for our small group but I just have to remember 'all things work together for good...'
PS Glad you found my blog...I love yours :)

anthonyandbeth said...

you KNOW i LOVE YOU and i'm praying. i know God has big, AMAZING plans for the Schrodt family and i can't wait to see what he has in store. we are here for you!!! i loved hearing all the stories about how God is meeting needs and encouraging your heart. He won't stop and He will be faithful! my heart breaks for the uncertainty you face and the stress this puts on your family BUT i know our God is able and will take care of you and your faith will be stronger as you walk this road ahead. i love you Katy!!! i love all you Schrodts! :)

Tiffany said...

Katy, we are so sad to hear this news, though we are not there right now. You all are in our prayers and I know that God has BIG plans and He is faithful. You both are awesome and thank you for all that you have done for Kinetic ministry. You both have been a blessing. "Be still and know that I am God". I know this very well these days my self so we will be still together. Love Ya!

the mccollums... said...

I'm sorry to hear about this news at the church! WOW...talk about change. This is the type of news that so many people are facing these days...but I wonder what happens when people face this situation without knowing that God is in control! It makes you really just rest in His hands of provision. God's ways are so different than ours...scarey at times to really believe in. I love hearing about these blessings of clothes, pants, etc. Just the many ways that He is caring for your family. We will be praying for David, that his passion for leading worship will pan out in a different venue. Keep us posted on this change and the lessons that you are learning in the midst of it. We love you!!

Heidi said...

Katy, He will provide and probably beyond your wildest expectations. It's tough I know, but hang in there and keep the faith muscule strong. You may not think so, but you are a Godly women of strength and one day you'll be able to encourage someone going through the same thing. We're praying over here!!

Erica said...

Your faith in God's providence is already a great testimony to so many! We are praying...believe me, we are praying. God is the Miracle Worker...you just reminded me of that not too long ago. So, stay strong in the TRUTH that you know...God has a plan, and it is grander than any of us can imagine. Love to all of you!