Warning: shameless gush-fest ahead.
My husband made a very gutsy decision this year. He decided to take the risk of leading his family away from our extended relatives, beloved church, and all things familiar in the state of Maryland to serve in a church in Akron, Ohio as their senior pastor. Brave man. It’s not just courageous to lead a church, it’s courageous at times to lead me, his sometimes crazy wife. Jason is doing an amazing job on both fronts.
I am a very blessed woman. If ever there is pain from leaving my family and church in Maryland, it is softened by the love of and for this man. How gently he is leading me through this transition. This year I have experienced a depth of emotion unparalleled in any other season of life. Along with excitement and a sense of adventure, are deep seated fears and anxiety. Along with the joy and honor of seeing my husband thrive in his ministry, is the sorrow of what we have sacrificed and lost in being here. My husband has led me well along the roller coaster ride of my emotions.
Jason leads with insight, compassion and truth. Insightful, because Jason hasn’t led me with canned responses, but with true knowledge of who I am and what I will respond. Sometimes that means getting me out of the house to spend time with God and get some perspective. Sometimes it means drawing me out on a date night. Compassionate, because Jason hasn’t been harsh, but very patient even when I don’t respond right away. Truth, because Jason leads me through bringing loving correction, godly perspective, and reminding me of why we are doing this. This is huge because, and I’ve said it before, elsewhere, I am a very spoiled wife. He likes to spoil me. So for him to confront or rebuke me is difficult. He could easily shrink back under the guise of feeling responsible for putting me through this. But that wouldn’t be truly loving me or leading me. I told you he was brave 🙂 .
Jason and I have known each other since we were teenagers. One thing I love about this is that I have seen the evolution of a man as over the years he has grown in character, humility, wisdom, and this year very distinctly: godly leadership.
I haven’t done it perfectly. at all. But still, because Jason is so easy to follow I can say with faith and genuine joy, “Where you go, I will go. Where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”
Happy Valentine’s Day, my handsome, well-dressed, charming, hunk of a man!!!
I love you!