My husband knew before I did that we were moving to his home town of Benton, AR. He said he had an idea of it six months before he was laid off from Texas Instruments. It took the Holy Spirit speaking very clear to me through a sermon Pastor Jacob Sheriff gave on a Wednesday night in order to have complete peace about this move.
Have you ever been in a situation where things you were doing in your local church suddenly are unavailable for you to do any longer? The body of Christ is a family and sometimes we are not in the right position in the body of Christ. We volunteer to do something in the local church we are attending, because there is a need. But in your heart-your spirit man- you know God has a calling on your life that has not been fulfilled. You know it may not be where you are right now. You have tried to make/hope/pray things happen, but due to circumstances it hasn’t. He uses all those circumstances to prepare you for what He’s called you to do. He has a plan and a purpose specifically designed for you.
We got that call and I had to be told, “It is not about, Hot Rod. It is about my Kingdom and overcoming the enemy of our soul. The enemy is after the Jesus (Living Word) in you. He wants to suppress you telling the Good News. If he can destroy you (your witness for Christ) in the process, then he wins.” I didn’t want to leave my church family and friends, my house and home, my son and family, or Texas. But He said to me over and over: “It is not about you, Hot Rod. It is about my Kingdom in you.” Yikes! Time to grow up.
We started cleaning out things, giving em’ away and packing em’ up. We called the realtor recommended by a Christian sister. Our house sold within 2 1/2 weeks. God had a plan. We were pleased with what we received for it. Our Father God is so faithful to us when we are in the center of His will for our lives. Our son, Sam, got moved into his apartment and settled into his life. He is a full time college student and full time employee (who just got engaged). God had a plan.
New beginnings are not the easiest thing when you are 61 yrs old. I have lived in Texas my whole life. I am three years older than my husband. He’s applying for jobs in AR in an economic area that doesn’t have them for his area of expertise. But God has a plan. We are still resting in that.
After moving here, I asked my husband to give me a grace period of 6mos to get adjusted to being in AR. It took about 5 of those 6mos for me to adjust. I was a little depressed, but God’s grace was there for me every step of the way. I gave up my home and all the stuff we women have. Most women that move have a “house” to settle into. They get to decorate their new home. I didn’t. My mother-in-law likes things in her home the way they are. My husband was raised in this house. It was built in the 50’s. I adjusted. I learned what was in my heart, and it was very good to see it. It was good to humble myself before God and repent. God had a plan.
My Mother-in-law is a blessing. She needed live-in help and the Lord provided us. 🙂 It has been a good arrangement. We have begun the journey in AR with our Lord guiding us, because it is He who orders our footsteps. I have stopped looking backward at what was. I still miss my friends, family and church, but I’m not in that place anymore. My Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Father God has me here for such a time as this. I take comfort in that fact. He knows what I have need of in my life’s journey to complete His plan for me. I am passionate about doing and completing that plan for this journey I am walking with my husband. God’s plan.
God bless you and yours till next time.