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!!!