It is no cliché, time really does seem to speed up the older you get. This year has been our fastest year yet. May arrived...we literally blinked...and summer is gone. The air is getting crisper and cooler most days and the leaves are beginning to change to their beautiful autumn foliage.
Fall is my 2nd favorite season (used to be my #1 favorite, but a few years ago, Spring took that title..maybe I will share that transition sometime.) I usually look forward to fall, but this year is different. I have been grasping tightly to summer and really don't want to let go just yet.
At the beginning of summer this year, hubby and I felt a strong leading from the Lord that it was time to prepare our family to move to Arizona. I met hubby at college in Arizona and 13 years ago we decided to put roots down in Colorado. It has been a wonderful journey and the Lord has blessed us immensely here. However, our two young boys are growing up fast and we do not get to spend as much time with the grand folks as we would like. Both sets of grand folks (our parents) and one sibling (my brother-in-law) live in Arizona. We also have numerous other extended family members and some close friends that still live in Arizona.
As followers of Christ, we are called to 'trust and obey'...so that is what we are doing. All summer long we have spent working on completing unfinished projects, renovating our home, and started packing our belongings. The construction is almost complete and the home is looking amazing. Every time we finish a project, hubby and I say 'We should have done this years ago'.
It is so crazy how life gets so stinkin' busy and many of us wait until we go to sell our home to finish the projects we have talked and dreamed about. But as my hubby says, "It is what it is." We push through, leaning on the Lord for strength and guidance, the finish line is near.
The trek to Arizona is going to be a BIG one and preparing has been a bit overwhelming. Packing for this move has given me another chance to assess our belongings and contemplate what all we really should keep and take with us. It is a chance to downsize our possessions.
A few years ago, God put on my heart to live a simpler life. Again, in obedience, I am working toward this goal. What does that simpler life look like? For us, it is a life not consumed by material things and controlled by an "out-of-control" schedule.
This move, for us, is just another step toward this simpler life.
I am excited about the adventure ahead of us and I am excited about the new family who will be blessed by this amazing home. Many days I pray that the Lord would be putting all things in proper timing, preparing our hearts for the change, preparing the hearts of the new friends He will put in our path, and for the new church He wants us to be a part of.
I believe change can be hard for most of us. This change would be extremely hard for us if we didn't have faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ. A faith that is built on the rock of His promises will stand firm and never fall. Jesus spoke of this in Matthew 7:24-27. I encourage you to look this passage up for yourselves.
As I write this post, I am also reminded of Proverbs 16:9, which says,
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (NIV)
If God is asking you to make a change in your life and you feel resistant, you need not be discouraged or worried, God is faithful to those who trust and obey Him. Lean on Him. Pray continually and take life one day at time.
What is going on in your life? Are you in the midst of change right now? What are you learning from it? Or do you perhaps see a pending change in your life, but you are being resistant to it? Please share in the comments below.
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