if i labeled my life with a theme, it would be something like "don't get too comfortable". a little annoying, but 100% true and good for my soul. you probably know a little about this way of living, one life-changing circumstance after another. dreams and hope rewritten by the one who promises to lead us all the way. well, as the lord would have it, in 48 days we'll load a moving truck with our worldly possessions and begin an almost 1400 mile journey south, to our new home.
a version of this new direction has been in the sights since last summer. we've been blessed so crazy good with what we have here in this small town north dakota life. these last few years here, our family has changed so much. we've learned a lot about ourselves, and more about jesus. the gospel has definitely been made very real to us. and we really have grown to love it here in the great white north. but it's time to move on.
details like future schooling and support for elijah, desperately desiring a church home, shorter winters, and job transfer availability led us to research and pray about options for a relocation. after countless hours of internet searches, phone calls, emails and weary prayers, we're feeling propelled to birmingham, alabama. as with any transition, there are pros and cons. and just because you feel completely sent on a new road, doesn't mean you can see the way clearly. does that mean you don't go?
we've been given the gift of knowing a few things for sure, but mostly, this is another lesson in trusting the lord. resting in the promise found in 1 peter 5. we can confidently give him all our questions and worries, denying the pride of knowing it all, and trust him. because he cares for us. in his great power and wisdom, he will care for us better than we could ever work out a single detail on our own. that's freedom!
so. this is a huge part of why i'm absent and absent-minded lately :) i am overwhelmed by the huge-ness of it all. knowing i can trust god with all of this and actually doing that each day is proving to be a battle. i would love your prayers for us! as we continue to follow the lord's lead, making plans, but not jumping ahead of his way. for anyone, moving can be a difficult strain on the mind, body and soul. i'm really seeing that having a child with special needs adds a whole 'nother dimension of jesus, take the wheel. i tend to get all "back seat driver" on jesus. like, i can have him drive and lead, no problem! as long as i can shout my directions to him. to help him out, obviously.
of course, there's plenty more on my heart about all this. such as mixed emotions galore and awesome things god has already shown us about our new home! for today, i just wanted to tell you we're moving. he is with us and ahead of us. praise him!
i'm thankful for supportive friends and family who pray for us and encourage us. i'm excited to continue to share here how the lord is orchestrating the meeting of all our needs.
i lift up my eyes to the hills. from where does my help come? my help comes from the lord, who made heaven and earth. he will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. behold, he who keeps israel will neither slumber nor sleep. the lord is your keeper; the lord is your shade on your right hand. the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. the lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. the lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. psalm 121 esv