Monday, February 11, 2013

Breaking (off) is hard to do.

Do you have the "Breaking up" song in your head yet?

I love me some oldies songs.  :)

Anyway...a few Counting Blessing posts ago, I alluded to God inspiring my husband and I to take a risky step out in Faith.  (Blessing #204 to be exact)

I purposely left it illusive because we had some key individuals to tell first. 

Due process.

Last night Dave and I informed our small group that we were leaving them to branch off and start a new group.

After 10 years of being in the same group.

One entire decade (well, minus 4 months) the same group.

Knowing the same people.

Some couples have come, some have gone...some stayed the same.

These people know me.  I know them.  It is such a tight-knit group.

Then, one random Monday morning, I put Baby L. down for a nap. 

I checked the time- 8:25am.  I jumped in the shower.

As I'm running down my mental to-do list for the day, I can hear a voice in my head,

"It's time to start a new small group."

Whoa. (I thought)

"There's a need for it, and you're ready.  It's time."

And with that, I knew we were ready. 

So that night, I approached Dave at the dinner table,

"I think we should think about starting a new small group."

He stopped eating, looked up at me and said,

"I had that exact same thought this morning after I dropped the boys off at school."

(He drops them off around 8:15...which means we had the same thought right around the same time.)

Side note:  How great is our God?!?!?

Whoa. (we both thought)

So, we started talking about families to ask to join us...two families were brought up right away.

I stepped out of my comfort zone and asked them to join us.

They were both game.

Side note:  How great is our God?!?!?

So, then last night....we told our group.


We are sad to leave this group.

We've been together through thick and thin. 

Births, deaths, everything in between.

They are an extension of our family.

But...we're ready.

Dave said our group prayer at the end.

I'd be lying if I said we didn't have lumps in our throats.

Then, our group put us in the middle of the circle, laid their hands on us,

and prayed for us and our mission.

What a blessing.

What an amazing blessing.

To send us out with prayers and love...

So while we are sad to leave the comfort and safety of our group,

Dave and I are certain God is calling us to take this next step in Faith.

As a team.

We're excited for what He's got in store for us and this new group!


Anonymous said...

Wow - I love stories like this! I'm excited for you - it is good to get out there and step out of your comfort zone, God is going to use you and teach you! Can't wait!

Lesley said...

Praying for you.

mrsmarkdave said...

This story made me cry. That is so awesome. And I know you aren't telling this for kudos, but way to be obedient. What a great example.