It's been so long since we've chatted! I wanted to catch you up on a lot of exciting things happening in 2019 for me and my HUSBAND. It's been quite a year so far and everyday I'm learning more and more why God put the word courage on my heart last fall when thinking about what my Word of the Year would be.
Let me give you the skinny on all things life:
First of all, I got married!
Last year, I reconnected with Dustin and over a span of about 6 months we got to know one another hundreds of miles apart over many, many late night phone calls. It was such a gift (I have plans to share more about long distance dating and how we navigated it later in the year). We knew one another from serving at a church in Knoxville, Tennessee together many years ago. It's amazing how God has our paths cross at just the right time and in just the right way. I had no idea when I was teaching a Sunday school class years ago and I met him as the staff person at my campus for the day that years later I would MARRY him and we'd get to do ministry together. Our wedding (in northeast Tennessee) was an amazing day and such a reminder to me of how God loves and cherishes His bride (the church). I get teary thinking about how clearly He showed His goodness in the details (another subject I have on the books to cover on the blog later in the year - hint hint).
Second of all, I moved!
Dustin is the Lead Pastor of Easthaven Baptist Church in Brookhaven, Mississippi - approximately hundreds and hundreds of miles away from East Tennessee. It's so good to be able to do life and ministry together in the same place (FINALLY - says anyone who has "long distance dated). It's awesome. It's hard being away from the area I've known and loved my entire life. It's a mix of emotions (all of which I hope to write about as it continues to unfold).
But even in the "new normals", God is extremely faithful and we're thankful for what He's teaching us in our little town during our first season of married life!
Third, I started a new job!
The Monday after we returned home from our honeymoon I started a new job that's going well where I work from home. I'm so thankful for what it affords me (not having commute time, being able to eat lunch with Dustin, etc.) and also the margin it provides before and after work for writing and working on 818 Ministries projects (I was used to a 45 minute commute one way!).
Needless to say, writing/blogging/speaking has taken a back seat in the last several months due to all the transition (as it should - I would fully encourage anyone who is engaged to fully enjoy and pour yourself into the time leading up to your wedding, you only do it once!). That being said, I'm excited to be sitting here looking at my dry erase board full of my content calendar for the rest of 2019 of what I have to share.
My heart has always been to create a space to equip and encourage those who are figuring out what God's calling is in this season.
What a year. What a season. I'm right there with you, seeking to know Him more daily so I can better serve and bring Him glory.
I'm thrilled to have the capacity again to write and share more of what He's teaching me.
Your biggest cheerleader,
Rebecca Dotson George
Jesus, I am so thankful for seasons of transition. Use this season to draw me closer to you in a way that wouldn't be possible in the "normal" everyday of the last page of this current chapter of my life. As I turn the page, help me trust You to work out the details. I want to know You more so that in the process, I can become a brighter light for You.
In Jesus name,