2015: A Truly New Beginning

I don’t have any specific resolutions for tonight.  Some years I do, other times I don’t, but in general I strive to be a better version of myself, do more for the glory of God, and make it a point to learn from the various experiences, good and bad, of the year before.

With or without a bullet point list, this new year marks a significant change for my family as we have 11 days before we move across the country from California to Georgia.

We are not the first family in the history of the world to make such a transition, but for us it’s a big deal.  We are leaving a solid community and a church home we are incredibly active in, and just six months ago we knew we were in the right place.  But oh how things can change in an instant, especially when God steps in!

At the beginning of October we received a phone call asking if we’d be interested in being part of a church plant in the same city where my family currently resides.  Although my husband and I were diligent about praying and seeking the Lord over every facet of this monumental decision, we both knew in our hearts that this new development was a game changer.

Neither of us have been part of such a process, and we are thrilled at what an opportunity it will be!  But that excitement has not come without incredibly bittersweet feelings.

Once our decision was made, I cried every day for a week.  I was grieving everything I thought we would lose.  Losing our friends and the childhood I envisioned for our girls (even though I’m thrilled to be close to my mommy!).  I feared we’d lose the connection and closeness we’ve established with so many, and was desperately searching for something to make me feel confident that this decision was going to be best for our family.

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With a powerful word from the Lord, and a necessary nudge from my faith-filled husband, I was finally able to hone in on the peace I was desperately searching for. Of course it came from none other than our Mighty Father!

Once I determined to banish the fear, and push past my comfort zone, everything became so clear.

Yes, we are leaving so much behind, but everything that is real and true will remain no matter where we are.

Yes, we are sacrificing but obedience is better than sacrifice.

No, we can’t say what will happen or how this will ultimately affect our future, but we do know that it is always better to err on the side of God, and He will remain constant no matter where we go.

Our husband and I’s heart desire is to be good and faithful servants, and for all he has done for us, we are willing to go wherever He leads us!

Dear blogging friends, and whoever else takes a moment to read this, please pray for us as we embark upon a brand new journey.  There is immeasurable comfort in the arms of Jesus, and we look forward to the blessings that await!

1 Peter 1: 10-11 (NKJV)

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Where is the Lord taking you in 2015?

HAVE A BLESSED JOURNEY IN HIM!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

7 thoughts on “2015: A Truly New Beginning

  1. Some big changes and challenges for your family this year, but that’s what the life of faith is. Stopping to pray for a good transition and a sense of peace… Happy New Year, my friend.
    (Great picture of your beautiful girls).

  2. Praise the Lord of heaven and earth! He is doing great and mighty things through your obedience. I speak of you and your husband. You know that you have my prayers and support. Through it all, the Lord is your biggest cheerleader! Just when we get comfortable, He has something planned. I am truly inspired by this message because it has me reflecting on what the Lord has planned for me. I pray that I am obedient and that I have ears to hear and eyes to see. May all that we do in the name of the Lord and for the work He has for us that we will remain diligent. You have my prayers always. With the love of Christ, I bless you and your family for safe travels and an open heart to say and do all things in His strength.

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