*Be sure to read the edit at the bottom of the last post.
It was in October of last year, 2007, that the Lord began to change my heart. I can't pin point exactly what it was, nothing magical, just through prayer and time with the Lord I felt a peace in my heart that if I didn't get to spend a lot more time in Clarksville it would be ok. Not only ok, but good. Not good because anything was bad, but good because if the Lord had other plans for our family it would be good.
I was on the phone with one of my best friends one day and shared this with her. At this point I had held this to myself, not even sharing it with Freddy T.
Freddy T. was in the trenches with Hebrew (the language). It was his last class before graduation from seminary and it was by far the most challenging seminary experience we've had. A few days after my conversation with Ellie, maybe a week, one evening Freddy T. became consumed with the idea of planting in the Northeast. He brought it up to me again and for the first time in years I was not disappointed with the idea... I was actually positive and excited. I shared with him what the Lord had been doing in my heart over the past few weeks, I think he was shocked, excited, and relieved.
Through a series of events over the next several months the Lord began really stirring our hearts, again there was no real open door at this point. I want you to understand. When I say the Lord began stirring our hearts it really was OUR hearts. At no point have I moved a step forward just because I was Freddy T.'s wife and that is what I am "supposed" to do. This whole journey has been 110% a together journey. I certainly support Freddy T. 100% in his call to ministry, but the calling we have to go to NYC is a calling God has confirmed in each of us.
You should know at this point I can't say the exact dates and months of how things have come together. So it will all be a general time frame.
In early spring Aaron sent Freddy an email asking him to preach at The Gallery for him one weekend this summer. We put July 20th on the calendar and looked forward to the opportunity and a fun weekend in the city.
It was maybe a month after this, Freddy was at a conference in Orlando, FL that I called him to say that we were having twins. I was shocked, Freddy was absolutely thrilled and I was glad again to be so close to family... I was going to need them.
It's getting late, so I'll stop here and try to pick back up tomorrow.