Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's about time

So, it's been quite awhile since my last post.  I have actually been contemplating for awhile whether I'd like to start writing again.  There are a lot of changes going on in the family and it would be nice to have journal of sorts.  I just wasn't sure how or when to begin.  Well what finally made me decide to write again was my friend Allison.  When Allison and her husband, Nick, moved across the country she blogged about the process and life afterwards.  I loved reading her updates to see how they were doing and where God was leading them. Now looking back, it really encouraged me in a lot of ways.  I have a feeling it also helped her get through a big change in her life as well. She has also encouraged me as I am now preparing for a move like that.  So here I am.  Yet, where to start?  How about a list of happenings in the last five months:

1. In June after much prayer and consideration Josh accepted a position at work that would ultimately mean a family move to Denver.  We had known about this since February.  This felt like an eternity to me.  So we were excited to move forward although this meant even more travel for Josh until we moved (how about another blog post later about having a traveling husband? ha!). 

2. In July we have a family vacation in Topsail Island.  We had an absolutely wonderful time and it was nice to just "get away." I love summer. I love the beach.  The end.

   Josh's sister, Ali, got engaged! WOOT!  I love family and new family members:)

3. In August my dad retired from his position of 36 years as an electrical engineer to switch careers as and help work in vocational school.  AWESOME!  We were so proud. 

    We also began to wonder why Josh's company hadn't moved us as of yet.  Everything seemed as if it was ready.  Little did we know that God was asking us to wait just a bit longer.  He was asking us to be patient.  He was asking us to trust Him and His plan no matter what.  Hmmm, we'll come back to this more in a second.  Well, thankfully Josh's company was holding off because his company went through a buy out.  God was protecting us from a potentially very bad situation.  God is so good. 

4. In September they made it clear that they still wanted Josh in the position. We continued to pray.

5. In October a flurry of activities began to happen all at once and the move was/is looking like it is in the very near future. Josh signed his relocation offer and we began to meet with realtors. 

Therefore, we are now in the midst of realtor meeting on both ends, getting our house ready to show, and A LOT more little details.  I will fly out to Denver in a few weeks to look at house (holy housing market out there.  House are going lightening fast) and we continue to trust God with every small little seemingly insignificant detail.  We are praying that we can move sometime in January of 2014.

Those are the facts. 

I kept teasing people that one day we'd be here and poof one day we'd be gone:)  Yet in all seriousness I think I feared that a little bit.  You see, after bringing our son home and growing closer to God and each other through that extremely hard process I thought I had learned something.  I thought I had learned to completely trust and know that He is in control ALL OF THE TIME.  Somehow I thought, "oh wow look at all that God did! He is so awesome.  I will never act like that other crazy person again."  Sigh, not true. I did it all again.  I became the crazy lady.  Maybe I am still a little of the crazy lady some days.  Let's be real here.  Yet, I have found that it is in these exact situations that we grow closer to God and learn more about his character.  It is in the unknowns and the questions and the fears and the uncomfortableness (is that a word?) of life that we continually remember that God is our strength and that we need completely trust in Him.  Psalm 114:119 says, "You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word." So therefore, our family is preparing for a huge change.  Maybe God knew this crazy lady needed a full 12 months before the next step.  Maybe he wanted a chance to grow and change her first.  Ok, maybe he wanted the app "voxer" to be created so she could talk to her Ohio friends ANYTIME no matter what state she was in.  No?  ok but dang I'm thankful for Skype and Voxer.  Keeping it real.  I am also most certainly thankful for the times I've been able to soak myself in His word, and just kneel at his feet and talk to Him, or just shout worship song at the top of my lungs. I am very thankful for Deuteronomy 31:6 which says,
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  So there you have it.  We wait and pray and know that God is in control.  Selling a house during the holidays and moving in the winter and in the middle of a preschool year doesn't seem to quite be our best plan, but so far it is God's and we will continue to follow his lead and trust.  This week he has answered some HUGE prayer requests.  Wow, we are blown away.  He is so good.  

Recently our church arranged an old hymn titled, "Jesus Savior Pilot Me." I absolutely love every bit of it.  You can go here to listen to the song. The lyrics read:
  1. Jesus, Savior, pilot me,
    Over life’s tempestuous sea;
    Unknown waves before me roll,
    Hiding rock and treach’rous shoal;
    Chart and compass came from Thee:
    Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
  2. As a mother stills her child,
    Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
    Boist’rous waves obey Thy will
    When Thou say’st to them, “Be still!”
    Wondrous Sov’reign of the sea,
    Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
  3. When at last I near the shore,
    And the fearful breakers roar
    ’Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
    Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
    May I hear Thee say to me,
    “Fear not, I will pilot thee.”

1 comment:

Allison Walton said...

I'm glad my journey could help someone else. Though this experience is going to be more than you ever thought it would be (both in good and bad ways), God is faithful throughout it. Continue to trust Him and support your hubby and love your kids. I'm praying for you every week!