Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cross-Country Honeymoon Extravaganza

That's right! We're off on our belated honeymoon! Yehaw!

We are packing up the car to leave any minute now. My husband is getting a power-nap before we kiss our Mommies goodbye for a week-ish. Since we are driving, and have zero obligations here right now, we have a super flexible schedule, which is awesome.

So, the plan is, get to CALIFORNIA! Can you see me beaming with excitement?! Well, first stop is to crash somewhere between here and there, nestled in the Rocky Mountains. We'll get some great coffee, explore for a bit, and then finish the drive to our B&B in southern California. Whew. I plan on finishing Harry Potter 7 on the way. chyeah....

So we frolick a few days there, visit a pretty amazing Calvary Chapel and drive on to meet up with some dear friends in a town nearby. We also want to visit another church there on Sunday with them. After that things are pretty flexible, so if we want to stay a bit longer and visit more friends we can. The final stop we are sure to make is in Texas on the way home. We're going to visit my Sister-in-law and all our energetic nephews and niece. Finally, we commence with the drive home,

Purposes of the Trip
1. Awesome Honeymoon
2. Relax
3. Spend much time searching and listening for God's direction.
4. Visit many good friends and family. Awesome fellowship and love!

Please pray for safe travels and that God would open a door for us in our future endeavors!

Friday, August 13, 2010

A change in tide.

Today marks both the end and the beginning. The end of my commitment here in Ohio and the birth of a brand new something.  I can share this all now.

A little over a month ago, God began speaking to my husband and I, calling us out of our jobs here and on to "the land that I will show you." God's land. God's opportunity. After loads of freaking out, tears, uncertainty and surrender, we've been packing away our belongings, preparing to leave at a moments notice. It all seemed like such a whimsical mystery as to where to begin, and yet we knew with certainty this is what He wanted. 

And then, the fateful Monday. I can be thankful now for that Monday, but as it was happening, it was hardly a thankful occasion. I would like to say I handled it well, being forced to leave my home due to circumstances well beyond our control. In the moment all I could think of is how entirely unfair it was that we should have nowhere to live when we were not at fault. We now jokingly refer to it as "The Exodus".

Fortunately my Mother is a saint with a large house. As we moved our belongings in all I could think was, "Well, God did tell us to pack..." It just wasn't like we thought it was going to be. It almost never is. The tides have turned and I can say with full confidence that it was ordained for us to be living with my Mom for this short while. The blessing it has been for all parties involved astounds me and I could write an entire blog itself to list all the reasons why it's a good thing. (Strange, I know) I never thought I'd say the Lord willed me to live with my husband at my Mother's. ha. How he humbles. 

To summarize, today was my last day of work. I am free to come and go as the Spirit wills. We are listening intently for the faintest whisper and then we are off to the opportunity He brings. To live as the disciples. To trust Him at His word. To live off of every word that proceeds from His mouth. We are packing, wrapping up some last farewells and spending some very important time with those whom God is compelling us to seek after. 

Pray for us. We just may be coming to you! Who knows? It could happen.