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What About Seattle?

I hear this question sometimes.  People remind me at the most inconvenient times, like when I’m about to interview for my dream job locally, and a tiny thought begins to gnaw at me:  Is it really my dream job if it’s not in Seattle?  Maybe on this one thing (relocating to Seattle), God and I are on the same page.

I haven’t forgotten about Seattle.  I really and truly believe God will bring me there at some point in my life.  (Full disclosure: I’ve been wrong before).

But I am here right now, and I don’t know when God plans on me going to Seattle.  Circumstances of late with closing DFW doors make me hope it’s soon, and of course, it’s my prayer to be there by the end of the year, but we all know God’s timing is not mine.

Another thing has come up over the past couple of weeks (not a job), and it’s something that would be good for me to do.   It’s something I enjoy, something I’m good at, something that just makes sense.  Only, it doesn’t make sense if I’m going to be relocated to Seattle in the next few months.

I can’t say with any certainty that I am, by the way.  God hasn’t given me any dates along with this vision to be in Seattle, just a sense that’s where I’m headed at this point.  I don’t want to be side-tracked from all He has for me, but I also don’t want to miss out on what He wants now because I’m so future-focused.  (And future-focused on something I’m not 100% positive is going to happen).

As I’m writing this, though, the more I feel like I am doing exactly what God wants me to be doing right now.  Like, I need to take things day by day, and not settle into any long term commitments here.  And that stinks, because if there’s anything I’m beyond ready for, it’s long term commitment.


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This week and every day for the past several months, I’ve been dealing with the tension between what is and what will be.

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if I follow God down the path I’m on I will end up in Seattle.  Every day, though, I am faced with paths that veer off of this particular path – paths that promise a quicker, easier planting; paths that are far more logical to just about everybody.  I can’t take them, though, because I just know … I’m passing through on my way to Seattle and I’m not supposed to get comfortable here.

And yet, I am here.  I am in the DFW area for only God knows how long (and I mean that).  At this point it could be days, weeks, months, or years.  And while I’m here, God obviously has something He wants me doing here.  He still has people here He wants me to minister to; He still has growth for me here.

And yet, He continually reminds me that I’m not staying here. God has called me to Seattle.  That means while I’m here, I’m also looking for jobs there, I’m looking for a home there, I’m budgeting a move there, I’m packing A LOT of my stuff, making note of the things I will need when I get there and am living on my own.

God is letting me know how transient I am.  He is making sure I understand that I am only able to be where He enables me to be.  He is helping me desire what He desires.

The bottom line is that I do not know where I will be in one week, one month, six months, or a year.  Perhaps I will live with this tension for a longer season, or perhaps this season is coming to an end.  I can’t say.  I do know that I will continue living here and pursuing Seattle until a) I move to Seattle, or b) God removes the conviction and desire for Seattle and replaces it with something else.  I am just going to have to wait and see.

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Seattle Bucket List

I’m a homebody.  I’m not particularly adventurous, although I’ve become more adventurous in the past couple of years.  However, if I’m going to move to Seattle, where there is TONS of stuff to do, I can’t just sit around in my (way too expensive) apartment.  I have to go out and DO things. Also, I feel like if people come visit me, I should know what’s worthy of doing.   In order to facilitate this doing of stuff, I’ve compiled a Seattle bucket list.  So here it is, in no particular order.  Enjoy!  🙂

[ ] Go on a hike at Mt. Rainier National Park.


(Grove of the Patriarchs at Mt. Rainier National Park, Photo Credit: David Huting)

[ ]  Walk through Olympic Sculpture Park.


(Olympic Sculpture Park, Photo Credit: Seattle Art Museum)

[ ]  Visit the Seattle Art Museum


(Seattle Art Museum, Photo Credit: ArtsyForager.com)

[ ] Visit the Ballard Locks


(Wave Sculpture at Ballard Locks, Photo Credit: Pinterest)

[ ]  Visit Alki Beach.  (Apparently the best place to catch a sunset in Seattle, when a sunset is to be caught at all).


(Stormy Sunset, Alki Beach, Seattle, Photo Credit: LivingWilderness.com)

[ ] Visit Kerry Park.  (Look at that Seattle skyline!!!)


(Kerry Park, Photo Credit: Pinterest)

[ ] Visit Pioneer Square (Seattle’s Historical District)


(Pioneer Square, Photo Credit: FineArtAmerica.com)

[ ] Visit the Seattle Public Library


(Seattle Public Library, Photo Credit: Google)

[ ]  Go to the Seattle Pike Place Market. (Also the home of the ORIGINAL Starbucks).


(Pike Place Market, Photo Credit: Pinterest)

[ ] Visit Bergen Place


(Art at Bergen Place, Photo Credit: Pinterest)

[ ]  Take a picture with the Troll Under the Bridge in Fremont. (I seriously think this is just about the coolest thing ever).


(Fremont’s Troll Under the Bridge, Photo Credit: Henry Roxas)

[ ] Find a favorite Coffee Shop.  (So many to choose from!)


(Photo Credit: Perfect Bucket List)

[ ] See this sign in Fremont.


(Cool Fremont sign, Photo Credit: WheresMyBackpack.com)

[ ] I feel like I HAVE to have this one, although I’m not AS interested in it … Visit the Seattle Space Needle.


(Seattle Space Needle, Photo Credit: Double Barreled Travel)

[ ] Go to the Ballard Sunday Market.


(Ballard Sunday Market, Photo Credit: Pinterest)

[ ] Visit Gas Works Park in Fremont.


(Gas Works Park, Photo Credit: Flickr)

[ ] Find a favorite bookstore. (Again, so many to choose from!)


So much to do in Seattle, I think this is a good starting point!!!

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Why Seattle?

This post was inevitable.  Any time I talk about Seattle, the question comes up:  why Seattle?  I’ll share the highlights today.

Three years ago, during the Christmas break before the spring 2011 semester, I was given a book called The Fuel and the Flame by my college church leaders.  I believe the purpose of the book (and the purpose of my reading it) was to prayerfully consider college ministry after graduation, as it highlighted the importance of reaching college students for Christ.  What hit me about the book wasn’t necessarily college ministry, but how the author stressed the importance of having purpose and goals in our lives.

As a result of reading the book, I was forced to reckon with the question: what am I going to do after graduation?  I had already realized the next big thing was not a committed relationship or the road to marriage, and I decided I wanted to use whatever time and energy that normally would have gone into a relationship on ministry endeavors, rather than pining away.

I prayed about four potential avenues for ministry during that break:  college ministry, Africa, youth, and inner city ministry.  Inner city ministry and youth were the ones I was most burdened about, Africa was a not yet, and college ministry seemed to be a no.  (I say seemed to be, because I went back and prayed more about that later, and it was a definite no the second time).

I kind of just assumed I would work with underprivileged youth wherever God put me after that.  When I started my job hunt in January 2011 (yes, it’s been that long),  I didn’t really have any direction, I was looking for anything, anywhere that would pay a living wage.  Later in the semester, a mentor who was counseling me advised that I pray about where God wanted me (city-wise), to look for a church to minister with in that place, and to trust God to establish me there.  (I’m paraphrasing here, but that was the gist of it).  After living, working, and ministering in Denton for a few years and enjoying having all three be in one place, this was a readily-accepted idea.  (And I still thing it’s one of the best bits of advice I’ve ever been given).

Not long after, another mentor recommended I read Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz (oh my gosh, guys, this isn’t a book review post, but go read it if you haven’t).  The book takes place primarily at Reed in Portland, Oregon, but the Pacific Northwest began to intrigue me, but as I researched the cities in that region, I was drawn more to Seattle, Washington.  It seemed like a very artsy and entrepreneurial city (Portland was maybe a bit TOO artsy for me, haha), and it seemed like it would fit me, and I it. (Okay, I’m done now).

For those of you who don’t know, Seattle is a pretty big city, and it’s divided up into neighborhoods.  It was kind of confusing and intimidating, especially since I’ve never been.  I didn’t know where to begin looking for Seattle churches, so I did a google search, and nothing really stood out, even though there are dozens of churches there.  I did apply for jobs here, but…

A few weeks before graduation, in what I thought was a miracle move, I landed a job in Grand Prairie, Texas, found a church I thought fit what I wanted to do in McKinney (had to visit first, of course), and was going to move back in with my parents in Anna. It wasn’t what I desired or prayed for, but God didn’t seem to be moving in that whole Seattle situation, so what could I do?

I had a miserable year.  I mean, really miserable.  Finally, a year later, I began considering the whole Seattle thing again, and started looking for jobs there.  While doing that, I ran across a great-looking Creative Writing MFA program at Seattle Pacific University.  And I thought about how very little fiction writing I had done over the past several years. (Yeah, years).  I churned out version two of “The Field” with the intention of eventually applying to grad school there, but…

Life got crazy.  Suddenly, I was working two jobs across the DFW map, and once again, my writing took a backseat.  I was able to quit the Grand Prairie job almost a year ago, and I’ve been seeking full-time employment since that time.  I had been focusing on the DFW area again, and it’s been a discouraging search (as in I’m getting nowhere).  One area I feel God has blessed is that He has used me in this area to minister to underprivileged kids, since He laid it on my heart many years ago.  Anyhow, when August came, thoughts of writing, grad school, and of course, Seattle came too.

So I started looking at Seattle again.  For starters, I saw Mount Rainier for the first time.  That’s significant, but you wouldn’t believe me if I told you why.  Secondly, I started looking at neighborhoods again, and it became clear what would be the best fit for me.  Then I looked for churches in those neighborhoods, and I’ve narrowed it down.  (I won’t say how narrow).  Literally the only thing missing is a full-time job and a living wage.

I’ve had a lot of distractions in the past several months – a lot of things pulling my focus away from what I need to be doing in order to get where I’m going.  I’m a little more withdrawn from ministry and social activities at the moment, because I have such a sense of purpose:  I need to focus on my writing in order to get where God wants to take me.

That may be Seattle (and trust me, I tend to think it is), it may be DFW (I tend to think it’s not), it may be somewhere else entirely that I haven’t even thought of (could be).  The point is that in pursuing God in my writing (particularly my fiction writing), I will be wherever He wants me.  Right now, that’s working two part-time jobs, not being super-involved in church and ministry, not doing a lot of hanging out with people, and doing A TON of writing.   I actually enjoy where He has me right now, and if it never changed, it would still be a good life.

I continue to pursue a Seattle relocation for several reasons.  For one thing, I genuinely believe it is God’s will for me (but I’ve been dead wrong before).  I also strongly desire to live in Seattle and I think I will enjoy life there (but I enjoy it here too).  I believe I will have great ministry opportunities there (but I have them here as well).  Given a vision I believe God has given me and given my strong desire, I will continue to pray for and pursue opportunities in Seattle until God opens doors elsewhere.

There are obstacles, I am aware, but I was reading about Jonathan this morning, and he said: “Nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few” (1 Samuel 14:6b).  If Seattle is where God wants me (for whatever reason), it doesn’t matter if there’s one obstacle or a thousand, He will move me there.

You’re invited to watch and see what He does in my life this year!  It’s going to be a fun and exciting ride!

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My Song for 2014


by Hillsong United

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown, where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep, my faith will stand

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed, and You won’t start now

 I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours, and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Depending on God for the supernatural this year – things so far out of my reach and control.
I’ve gotten out of the habit of believing or trusting Him for anything HUGE anymore.  I’ve become entirely too accepting and satisfied with my life.  My life has been too easy, too unchallenged for too long.  I’ve grown complacent, desensitized.
It’s time to be planted.  (How my heart cries to be planted).  It’s time to grow and bear a lot of fruit.  It’s time to snap out of this funk, get out of the boat and walk towards Jesus.
You guys, I really believe God is preparing me to relocate to Seattle.  I really believe He has opened doors for such a move, and will continue to do so.
What I covet your prayers for:
  • Renewed and passionate focus on my writing.  There are a lot of things I say with a level of hesitation, but this is not one of them: God has made it inescapably clear that writing is my path.
  • A church in Seattle.  This is actually something I’ve “researched” extensively, and I believe I know where God is leading me in this area, but confirmation is always good.
  • A full-time job that pays $37,000/year.  This is my cost of living in Seattle.  (Yes, Texas folks, I’m aware that is WAY more than it would be in Dallas, BUT this is about God and where HE directs).
  • A good living situation.  Studio apartment, a house with other women, whatever God wants – just that it will be good.

Verses to consider while praying for me:

  • “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men” (Proverbs 18:16).
  • “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2)
  • “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
  • Mark 14:22-34

It is truly my heart’s desire to be who God wants me to be, do what He asks me where He asks me to do it.  Pray with me?

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