After three weeks of non-stop transition, things are starting to settle a little bit. The pad will for sure be hospitality-ready by tomorrow, when Julie will host a jewelry party for friends and hopefully neighbors.
Soon after that, you’ll have pictures of the place (but no sooner, as I operate under the directives of a higher authority, if you know what I mean).
The other big news in getting settled in: we have office space! Ryan and I started searching about a month ago and found a great office building right off McKinney Avenue, a major thoroughfare in Uptown. God certainly opened the doors for us to walk through—the price we’re paying for the space is nearly half what we were originally quoted.
The main rationale behind securing office space stemmed from a value for our families, believe it or not. I officed out of my home for most of the 18-month apprenticeship period. Hands down, the biggest conflict in my marriage in that time was family boundaries: When does work time start and family time end? When does work time end and family time start? It sure gets fuzzy when both take place under the same roof. It works for some, but not for me.
That said, I think office space will allow us to be more productive in our ministry and healthier in our family lives than we would otherwise be. It’s already been such a good thing.
Please pray for us as we begin our first full-fledged week on the job. Pray that God will give us clarity to see the vision and dreams he has for Uptown; pray that God will open doors to relationships with lost people; pray that God will raise up committed followers of Jesus to join us.