“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Well, we’ve been home now for about 2 1/2 weeks. And not a whole lot has been happening here… or so it appears on the surface.
Guy’s work has been continuing as it normally does. He’s being given some more responsibility since being back, acting in more of an unofficial supervisory role to an extent. He’s now the one receiving info from his manager to pass along to the rest of the team, and will be in charge of training the new guy coming in next week.
Jessi will be helping to fill in for the school’s post mistress over the next two weeks as she takes vacation time. This means more hours for at least this next week. Also, Jessi has decided not to go to Annual Training with the Army Explorers in July – they have changed the dates and location of AT, and our unit hasn’t gotten any fundraising done, so there’s not the funds for me to go, and we can’t afford to send me. However, this will allow me to work a couple extra weeks and earn extra money!
Then there’s our car. We have known for a while (as in a couple of months) that our starter was wearing out and would eventually need to be replaced. Well, it literally burned up on us when we came home Monday evening. We pulled up in front of our apartment and smoke started billowing out from under the hood. I was grabbing important stuff out of the car as quickly as I could and thinking we would have to call the fire department to put out a car fire. Fortunately, we didn’t have to call 911, but we could see that something in the engine was smoldering when we raised the hood. Once at the mechanic’s on Tuesday, we were informed that the starter had indeed burned out, and that we also had an air intake hose with several cracks. The car is now repaired.
The other issue regarding transportation is that we are seeing more and more that we are needing to acquire a second vehicle. It can be a struggle already to get both of us to and from work with our crazy schedules, and with Jessi hopefully starting classes in the Fall, it’s going to be very difficult. It’s also difficult when we have situations where the car breaks down, as it did this week.
We’ve also lost the only family that we’ve really felt like we were friends with. His family is from the Marshfield, MO area, and due to his parents’ poor health and a calling for more practical ministerial education, the family moved to the Marshfield area at the end of March. He plans to attend BBC. While we’re glad that they are following God’s direction in their lives and will be close enough to visit when we go home, we are also sad that they are no longer close enough to visit with regularly.
One big thing right now is our new diet plan. I hate to call it a diet, as we are choosing to make this way of eating a lifestyle. I’m referring to a food plan called “Trim, Healthy Mamas” – or, as some have called it for the men, “Trim, Healthy Man.” After about 6 weeks of being on plan, I (Jessi) have lost almost 6 pounds and several inches. I’m already looking and feeling better, and am in size 12 pants, down from tight 14s/loose 16s. I’m still a long way from my goal, but am very excited over what I have lost so far. If you’re curious, here’s a link to the website: http://www.trimhealthymama.com/
Our biggest thing is our decision to leave Texas next year. As we have gone through this, our first year at SWBTS, we are learning that we were fed a lot of misinformation, and a lot of our decisions coming down here were a direct result of that misinformation. God has seen us through this past year, has not failed us, but is also telling us that we need to start preparing to transition elsewhere. We are now planning and saving for a move next summer to Wake Forest, NC, to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. SEBTS has a curriculum that is geared more towards practical training for ministerial positions, while SWBTS seems to focus on academia for the sake of academia. We are seeing many fellow students who are very intellectually trained, but are not practically trained.
To this end, we are planning to visit SEBTS sometime mid-Fall to tour the campus and look at housing options. We are also starting to save for the costs of the move and some items that are needing to be replaced (as all things eventually must be). Guy intends to continue to study at SWBTS for this upcoming school year before transferring.
* Continued weight loss.
* No more car issues!
* Issues with loneliness
* Second vehicle
* Plans and saving for move next year