February 6, 2009 is only 3 months away today (or 92 days if you are counting…) I’m so excited to get married. We’ve gotten so much done for the wedding now too. It has been such an amazing journey. I catch myself from time to time, thinking about wearing my wedding ring, waking up next to Melanie everyday, and never again having to drive an hour just to see the one I love. It seems like it was just yesterday that we got engaged…

Getting married is going to change my life. What an amazing change that is going to be too. I’m so excited to begin this next step in my life. Melanie is simply amazing. She’s my best friend and the answer to so many prayers. You’ve captured my heart, dear friend. You looked at me, and I fell in love. One look my way and I was hopelessly in love!

More change is coming too…

Over the past two weeks I’ve been sharing with people here in “YC” that at the end of the year I will be moving, which means I will be leaving the church (Yuba City Naz) I work at now. This will also be my last season coaching football at YCHS.

It’s been a hard decision. And if I haven’t been able to share this with you personally, I’m sorry. I have tried to tell as many people face-to-face about this first before blogging about it or before you heard it from someone else. Let me make it very clear: I don’t want to leave. Things are going really well here. I love it here. God’s doing some amazing things here that I’ve had the opporuntity to be apart of. I love it here, I love the people, I love the church…I love it all.

So if I don’t want to leave, why am I leaving YCN and Yuba City? Its about obedience and faithfully following God. Over the past several weeks the Lord has been filling my head and my heart with this idea of being ready for change…and I’ve been looking for it…but I didn’t know what it would be. Through prayer and listening to God I have sensed His leading to move me to Sacramento once I get married in February. I don’t have another ministry position lined up yet, or a plan to go back to seminary, or another job. I just know God is calling me to make a big change, a hard change, but one He has been faithfully walking with me through.

Melanie and I would surely appreciate your prayers at this time. With 3 months now until the wedding this is a big change, but we are both very confident that the Lord has another plan. Obviously, if He changed our plans with 3 months left to get married, He’s had something else in mind for awhile. Nothing catches God off guard. Nothing comes to us that hasn’t already been sifted through His hands either.

I’m very excited to get married soon and to spend the rest of my life with the woman of my dreams. She’s amazing and our life together is going to be so flippin’ sweet. The next few months are going to be pretty sweet too. Every day counts, with all the more insistence then before. Every chance to hang out, to pray together, to talk with you is going to be all that more meaningful to me. This change is most definitely bitter-sweet for me.

I love you all very much. Thank you for support at this time.

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