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Kevin

After our families helped us move, reality hit us. We were officially on our own. We sat in the little sofa we had in our living room to silence. I’ll be honest, it was different. We never really had our own place, so that first day was like a “what do we do with ourselves?”. We decided to take a trip to Branson, a nearby town about 45 minutes away from Springfield. It gave us something to do and not be stuck in our apartment being sad that our families were gone.

Tiffany

Saying goodbye to our parents for me was probably one the hardest things I had to do. Imagine growing up in one place with all the support from family and friends you grew up with and a church you call home. Then in a matter of hours your life completely changes; no friends, no family and no home church. I think I cried the entire first week we were in Springfield and I'm not exaggerating. I never saw myself outside of Orlando, so it was a bit of a shock for me.

Kevin

It wasn’t easy because in my case, I had a wife to take care of, be there for her, encourage her and try to make her feel good as much as possible, while dealing with my own fears of moving into a new city. I didn’t know what to expect with school. The great thing about God is that we can speak to him as a friend as if he was in front of us. I remember praying to God and telling him how I felt exactly. How scared I was. It is never easy when you are faced with uncertainties and in a new place.

Tiffany

My poor husband got the worst of my emotions. I remember my crying would lead me to moments of anger. Since I had no one else to talk to I would vent to Kevin. I probably sounded like a broken record to him, repeating myself over and over again. Often I would ask him if he was human because I never saw him cry through the process. As time went on I realized he was just being a great husband. He hid his feelings to be the strength for me when I was most weak.

Kevin

I applied at every possible business you can think of including McDonalds, Walgreens, BK, Taco Bell..etc, you get the point! And still would not get any calls. Yes, we trusted the Lord, but we are also humans. We began to have doubts. We wondered why the process was so challenging despite our obedience.

Tiffany

After what seemed like forever, I received a call back from a job that I applied to; The Assemblies of God Headquarters. God's timing is perfect. We had saved just enough money to get us through the two months of not having an income. But, let me just give a shout out to our amazing parents that always provided us with great care packages. It’s the best part of living away. At this time, Kevin still had not found a job, but as his wife I did not want that to distract him from his studies. I began working full-time and tried my best to be his support in this new season of being married and as a college student.

Kevin

After a year later of searching, I FINALLY found a job. But let me tell you, during the process of searching for one, I became desperate. As newlyweds, often the husband’s job is to be the provider. I knew I had to provide for my wife and not rely solely on her income. I asked God to bless me with the perfect job. A job that would give me the flexibility that would work with my school schedule. And He did. I got a job as a school bus driver for the city of Springfield with a perfect schedule.

So what did we learn through this process? We quickly learned that God’s timing is not our timing. In the midsts of worrying, looking for a job, we believe God used that season for us to grieve together what we left behind, grow closer to each other as newlyweds and learn to depend on God. If you are single, or married, no matter what stage in life you are in, you will face moments like these at some point in time. Learn to depend on God. God is the main source for everything you need. Sometimes God will put you in a process that you will not understand. Our job is to not question him, but to trust him through the process. God sees what we don’t see. He uses certain things to mold our character and to work with our hearts and our relationship with Him. We believe that is exactly what He did with us. I’ll leave you with this verse: Isaiah 41:13 “For I hold you by your right hand. I, The Lord your God. And I say to you, don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” 

 

Be encouraged this week! God bless you!