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Eighteen months ago, I embarked on a journey. I packed up my belongings and headed from Kansas to Northern California to begin a new life. I had been divorced for almost a year, and I had begun a relationship with a wonderful woman from San Diego, CA.

The little furniture that I had along with my pots and pans and plates and collection of mugs had all been packed in boxes and were shipped via a moving company. I even shipped my car as my fiance, Ceci, didn’t want me driving by myself over the 1700 mile trip.

The most important thing that I took on this journey was something called hope. I was putting the past behind me. I was putting 15 years of life in Kansas and serving churches in Kansas behind me and I was looking forward to a new adventure.

I came here to Northern California with hope for a good life, hope for healing, and hope for a successful ministry with the church I was coming to serve as interim minister.

My hope wasn't a result of crying out because of sorrow--my hope was a result of anticipating the new life that God had in store. Rather than be anxious about picking up roots and resettling in a whole new state--I was placing my trust and hope in the God who called me.

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