Change is Often Bittersweet

We have a bit of change in the air over in the Clem household. Our second son Harper James was born on May 22nd! We are so happy to welcome him and his pure newborn sweetness into our lives!

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While we were in the hospital with Harper, we received a call from the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN (both mine and my husband’s HOMETOWN) to offer Tyler the position of youth minister. He was, of course, going through the interview process, but we couldn’t believe our ears when we received the call. Especially considering our current circumstances. On June 12th, we said our goodbyes to our Calvary family in South Carolina, packed up the U-Haul, and made our way to Tennessee with a 2 year old and a 3 week old. Talk about craziness! Of course, all of this has been bittersweet. We have been overwhelmed with the love we have received from both churches. If it were not hard to say goodbye, we would not have been doing the job God set out for us in South Carolina. We are so grateful for our ministry there. And now, we are thrilled to serve at our new home church, and we are loving them all already! While the past couple of months have been seeped with change, I cannot get over the fact that the past two YEARS have had change written throughout them. The birth of our first son, walking through Postpartum Depression, going through another pregnancy, the birth of our second son, and moving to Tennessee after almost 4 years (5 for my husband) serving there.

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The opportunity to become a contributor for GLOW came to me at a time of hopefulness. I was very freshly pregnant with Liam…bright eyed at the thought of sweet motherhood. When he came in June, my world felt like it was falling apart as I dealt with Postpartum Depression. I know you all have read many of my posts mentioning this time in my life, and I thank you for all your words of encouragement. Time and time again I did not feel like praying or reading the Scriptures. I did not have energy or passion for seeking the Lord because of this deep darkness I was walking through. As I look back on this time, GLOW was a way for the Lord to push me forward. When I did not have the drive, He kept nudging my heart to search for Him because I had GLOW to write for weekly. This is the reason I look at GLOW with such sincere thankfulness. The Lord was gracious to give me this community as I walked through the darkness. I was encouraged by posts, comments, and even HAD to force myself to keep going. When all I wanted to do was lie in bed and accomplish nothing, I HAD to press on. I am forever grateful for this sweet community of encouragement. It is so nice to know I am not alone in this crazy life!

As Kelsey mentioned in her post Wednesday, we are taking a 6-month sabbatical because of all the changes all of us are walking through. We want to write with fresh and rejuvenated hearts. Thank you, ladies, for pushing me to pursue the Lord through this GLOW community even in the darkest time of my life. You do not even know how much I have been blessed by y’all.

Over these next few months, Tyler and I will continue to pursue building deep relationships with people in our new church family. We are also looking for a home to purchase and hope to be moving once again in the next several months. We are certainly adjusting to life with TWO precious boys now! We are so grateful for both of them (and very tired)! If you had asked me what life would look like two years from GLOW’s beginning, I would have never guessed this would be my life. But boy, am I grateful!

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If there’s anything I would like to leave you with it is this…You are CHOSEN by God. You are LOVED by God. You are CHERISHED by God. Claim it day in and day out! I pray each of you continues to grow to have an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. I urge you to continue on your faith journey, no matter what you are facing. Find women to encourage you. Find women you can encourage. Build your homes firmly on Jesus. Find your identity in Him. And TRUST, breathe, and remember you are His BELOVED.

Be blessed, sisters!