|Tony won his age in a 5k in Headland in April|
Through these journeys, though, we find ourselves as completely different people from when we married. *GASP* I know that it is not the politically correct thing to say that I am a totally different person than the person that Tony met and married back in college, but it is true. The Lord saw it as a blessing to change me. He has changed my heart, changed my mind, changed my attitude and changed my perspective on things in such a way that it has changed me. I believe the same, too, for Tony in this; and we both believe that the Lord has done a good work in us that he has not yet finished-but what a makeover he has done in 6 1/2 years!
The last 18 months or so of our lives and marriage has been spent making changes, challenging our individual faith walks, and committing our lives and our family to the Lord - COMPLETELY. That task has been all but easy and all but quick. As a matter of fact, we are still not finished, nor will we ever be, but praise the Lord we aren't where we were! In the last 18 months Tony has been diligently pursuing an accounting degree, all the while been leading worship and following that call on his life. Back in January he began debating whether or not to put his resume out for a full time worship leader position. In March, he took that step of faith and put his resume on a popular church resume website and we agreed that we would give it to the Lord and that we were willing to go wherever the Lord had for us to go.
|no caption necessary! just beautiful|
He got quite a few bites, people contacted him, checked out his resume, asked for video of him leading worship and he had 'first interviews' with quite a few churches, but nothing panned out. We were at complete peace about it all when at the beginning of April he got an email from a church in Pennsylvania. "That is a really long way!" and "Do we really feel like that is what the Lord has for us?" were just a few of the thoughts running rampant in our heads the further along the process went. Prayers immediately began and a peace that passes all understanding AND logic came over us both. Through ways that would take me weeks to share and explain, we also received so many confirmations that this is what the Lord had for us - distance or not! Well, cutting to the chase, the interview process lasted approximately two months and the job offer came in.
Starting July 5, 2012, Tony will be the Director of Worship and Creative Arts at Faith United Methodist Church in Montoursville, PA. We will be pulling out of Dothan for a 2 day, 1000 mile journey, on July 2. This journey will be one based on faith, hope, and love - for God and for each other. The Alabama chapter in our lives is closing for now. Who knows if we will write another one down the road or not, but for now, LOOK OUT PENNSYLVANIA!!! The Sharps are coming your way!
..........................................and this is how our 1,000 mile journey all began with a single step of faith.