Obedience

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I recently posted a photo on Facebook of wood stacked up around our house. We will be moving in a couple of years and the wood is for a cabin we will be building on our new place.  To say the least, I was surprised by the response we got from our friends and family.

I had no idea how many people did not know we are moving.  I thought we had told everyone! This is such an exciting time for us…and yet, a little frightening.  Let me explain what I mean.

My husband and I are not spring chickens.  We are in our fifties and have lived right here, where we grew up, our entire lives. Now, 32 years into our marriage God has called us to move.

That may sound boldly “divine”, but it’s the truth.  When we were young, I wanted to move.  My husband never wanted to move.  He said our parents were older and we needed to stay close by and we did.  Now, both our parents are gone and our children are grown.

One day we realized that our dream for our family was NOT our children’s dreams.  We wanted them to build a house on the family 40-acre place and raise their children here (when they have children).  But that was our dream and we had to be open to theirs.

So we talked to them and gradually accepted that they wanted something different for themselves than what we had planned.  Then, we began to think about what we wanted and what God might be calling us to.

Before we knew it, God had led us to a smaller acreage about four and a half hours from our home.  Again, we talked with our adult children.  They assured us that “home” is wherever we are!  So my precious husband began his methodical process of planning our move.

Our plans are to build a cabin on our new place this year.  My husband will work his beautiful magic and build that.  This should take us into the fall.  Then we will start doing some finishing touches around here and plan to put our place up for sale sometime next spring or summer.  When our house here sells, we will officially move to the cabin and start the new house.  That should take about a year.

Once we are moved into our new house, the cabin will be for ready family and friends to come and visit!

Obedience is not always what we think it will be.  God had a way of shaking things up a bit.  But every single time He does that we are always able to look back and see how awesome He is in what He has done for and through us.  So while we are a little nervous to move somewhere that we don’t know anyone, we are also thrilled to see what God has in store.

What’s God calling you to? 

Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.    Proverbs 21:21 ESV