Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Beginning of a new Journey

Jeremiah 29:11 -For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

If you were to ask two people who have lived in Indiana all 40+ years of their lives, have 3 children, a mortgage, lots of stuff, family nearby, and who are well rooted in the community....."would you be willing to move to Iowa?"  Most of the people I know would have said no!  That's why I feel the need to stop for a moment and explain.  In 17 years of marriage, I've always told my husband I'd move anywhere to be with him, just please don't move me to the middle of nowhere Iowa!  One probably should be careful of what you ask for!  God's got better plans!

In the last year, I had a new job that I greatly enjoyed, our oldest daughter was at college, our son was working full time while living at home, and our youngest daughter was a freshmen in high school.  My husband was working harder and traveling more than he ever has in his career.  We were all going through the motions of life and we were making do with what life dealt us.  Then along came summer 2010.....

My husband was asked if he would consider a newly created position that still needed a job description written.  It would require you to move, how do you feel about that?  How would your family feel about that?  Discussions about the job were informal and details were sketchy until the newly created job description came via email fresh from the legal department.....discussions escalated and an offer was made.

Throughout the entire process we had the attitude if God closes the door, we're not pushing it open.  I must tell you that through it all, there has not been one moment of "what are we doing?"  Not even one distraught feeling of leaving.  It has truly been a peaceful and joyous decision.

 Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Days are closing in on us and there are not enough hours to sort, trash, and set things aside.  We've gotten rid of so much stuff and we still have plenty!  It makes you realize how blessed you are.  There isn't enough time to spend with those we care about.  The details of changing addresses, preparing for a new temporary home, and selling a home at the same time are,at times, overwhelming.  My husband and I prayed together that we would be surrounded by encouragement in the last few weeks of transition.  It's been the prayers of friends, the cards, the visitors, and the love of God that has gotten us to this point, so we're not worried that He'll take us all the way to our new home surrounded by the same encouragement.

In one week, the movers will be here, packing our belongings.  We will continue life's journey and begin the move to Story City, Iowa.