Friday, March 19, 2010

Romans 12:12

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

Such simple words to live by. I love this verse and I am clinging to the hope that it brings. The past few months have been a roller coaster with everything we have going on. I feel beat down. This verse lifts me up when I read it.

Jonas and I have been diligently praying for wisdom and sovereign interference in regards to his school financial situation and a job. Jonas heard that he was going to have to start paying for his school starting April 1. The school has put him through the ringer! When he signed up they told him that the school was connected and he would be able to receive the G.I. Bill to pay for it. Lie. They were never had any connections at all. Then they told Jonas class that since they were the inaugural class they wouldn't have to pay for the school until they received a job. Lie. No one has gotten a job yet. They then told him that he would be able to qualify for Vocational Rehab since he was a disabled veteran. Lie. According to the VA, he doesn't qualify. The school continuously reassured him that he would be able to receive financial assistance. ALL LIES.

I have been telling him the whole time that he needs to be aggressive with them. Jonas has a heart that loves to give people the benefit of the doubt and I love that about him. He contacted the school one last time. He asked if they could lower the payments or even defer the payments until he got a job. Jonas received an e-mail yesterday saying that he owed the full monthly payments of almost $900 starting April 1 and they were not going to do anything to help. How wrong is this??? It is crazy!!

Jonas is in the process of contacting his congressman and lawyers. The school used negligent misrepresentation to get him to sign on to the program. He would have never signed on if they hadn't promised him financial assistance. If this was a field he really wanted to pursue he could have gone to a school in Tyler where they give veterans free tuition. Not only that, but Jonas had already tested with the Plano Police Department and passed. He could have had a job as a police officer in a well paying city. Instead, he has spent an entire year with no job because he was in school.

Thankfully, Jonas got out of their with his CTO for the FAA. He is completely eligible for hire with the FAA. So far that is the only good thing that has come out of this situation. This coming Sunday is selection Sunday with the FAA where they choose controllers for airport openings in the FAA. We are praying earnestly that Jonas is on the list and will be placed soon. We are very anxious to see where God leads us.

Please join with us in prayer for our situation. We have a lot of really hard decisions to make. Including, getting married and trying to find me a car. We deserve the wedding we have always wanted. With this new debt lingering we might have to put it on hold. We so badly want to start our lives together and celebrate our relationship. Please pray for our patience and our finances. We have really hit a brick wall. We love you all.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Ephesians 3:14-18

Well, we heard something from the FAA! Jonas received an e-mail saying that he was in the applicant pool this month to be hired in Texas or California. This is the first step made by the FAA in the hiring process! You have no clue how exciting it was to hear that his application had been accepted!! It was also very exciting to know that they acknowledged his request to be located in Texas or California! We have been praying for light at the end of the tunnel for a while now and we finally caught a small glimpse.

The next e-mail he should receive will be asking him to come in for an initial interview. Keep in mind this is the federal government so it is a long process. If he gets hired with an airport he will then report to the FAA headquarters in Oklahoma City. He will be there any where from 3 months to a year training for the airport he was hired. The amount of time there is determined by the type of job (tower, TRACON, or center) and the level of the airport ( DFW: Level 12, Ft.Worth Alliance: Level 5).

We ask you to continue to join us in prayer as he prepares for his career. We are praying for patience and discernment leading up to him being hired. We are really leaning on God to put us where he can use us! We are also praying for our finances. Jonas has had to get a part time job because this is such a long process. He has a few other options that we are waiting to open up that would really help us out financially. We are waiting and praying for God to show us a wedding date! Not that some things haven't already been set in motion ( If you know me at all you know that I am a planner by nature and a realist!! Both a good thing and a bad thing!!:p) We are both itching to tie the knot for more than one reason. Above all, IT IS JUST DANG TIME ALREADY! The last few months our relationship has changed so much. It is so baffling how much God allows us to actually love another person. It is down right beautiful.

So I leave with a verse that speaks well of our life right now...

" When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is." Ephesians 3:14-18

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