Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours :)

We hope you are enjoying your Christmas Day and time with family and friends!

And may you remember the gift of salvation through Christ Jesus this year as we wait expectantly for His second coming.

Ben and I are enjoying spending time with both of our families. It is a blessing to be "home" for Christmas.

We got an unexpected and very unusual Christmas gift this year from the Commodore of Ben's training squadron. As many of you know he had his meeting with the Commodore last Tuesday to decide whether he would continue in the flight program or not. The Commodore looked over his file, and the recommendations from instructors, and decided that Ben had the skills and work ethic to remain in the flight program. This in itself was a big surprise, and an encouraging word to hear from his boss. However, Ben also shared with him that over the past two months of waiting for this review board to happen, he has been contemplating whether or not he even wanted to be in the flight program any more. He just didn't have any joy in training for this job, and was honestly getting excited about the possibility of choosing a new Air Force career. The Commodore really appreciated his honesty, and said that many students will not be that honest with him. So, the Commodore did something he has never done for a student before, and gave Ben the choice of whether he wanted to stay in the flight program or not. It is a really neat position for him to be in, and one that was completely unexpected. He is now praying about what decision he will make, and will give the Commodore an answer by January 4th, when he returns from Christmas break.

Either way, God is soooooo good! We could have never imagined His plan in all of this for us, and it is amazing to watch Him work such unexpected and honestly, quite impossible things in our lives. What a Christmas gift! With this opportunity to decide what he wants to do, either choice that he makes will be honorable and respectable, and will help us out in other endeavors down the line.

This is truly an example of how God's ways are SO much higher than ours!

Pray for us, as we search out what the Lord would have us do in the Air Force.


Kelly Owen said...

Wow, God is so good. Praying for y'all as you make this decision. God bless!

-Erin said...

Ryan and I are both praying for you! God has been abundantly gracious to us and our friends this holiday season and I know he will do the same for you!

Holly said...

I love God and how He works!

Thank You God for being the God of the impossible! Thank You for Your favor toward Ben & Ashley!


Tobin and Erin said...

I am so excited for the two of you! To have that option of choosing is such a blessing. From what Tobin has been told so far in Advanced, if you're willing to work hard enough, you can get through this training. So I know Ben can be successful in this program if he wants to be. It's all a matter of deciding if he wants to continue through the difficulties this program puts the students through.

Hope you two are having a wonderful Christmas break! Tobin and I are glad to have a few days off before starting training up again.