Updated: Jan 5
Several weeks ago I wrote to you about untethering. At that time I promised you I would keep you updated on my journey. This email will give you the highlights of my first week. I will e-mail you each week to keep you abreast of the lessons I am learning along the way. We will take this journey together if you so choose and it is my hope that it will encourage you to be bold and courageous as you and I learn to put our full trust in God.
Each week I will leave you with a lesson to consider or a reminder that God is always faithful. The main lesson from my week was : 𝓣𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓼 𝓭𝓸𝓷'𝓽 𝓪𝓵𝔀𝓪𝔂𝓼 𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓴 𝓸𝓾𝓽 𝓪𝓼 𝓹𝓵𝓪𝓷𝓷𝓮𝓭!
We arrived the first day in full expectation of what God had in store for us. After we sold our home we spent a month with my mother in law (first time ever!), and realized how much I have missed in getting to know this wonderful woman more intimately.
That was a lesson in of itself: 𝓖𝓸 𝓭𝓮𝓮𝓹𝓮𝓻 𝓲𝓷 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓻𝓮𝓵𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓼𝓱𝓲𝓹𝓼. You never know what you may be missing out on. Too many times we take those in our lives for granted.
Anyway, after fighting off the doubts and questions of those in our inner circle who had genuine concern for us, we finally arrived at our new destination. Soon our moving truck would show up as we had shipped our furniture 5 weeks before!
Another lesson I want to share here before I move on is this: 𝓓𝓸 𝓷𝓸𝓽 𝓪𝓵𝓵𝓸𝔀 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓭𝓸𝓾𝓫𝓽𝓼 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓯𝓮𝓪𝓻𝓼 𝓸𝓯 𝓸𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓼 𝓽𝓸 𝓶𝓪𝓴𝓮 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓭𝓸𝓾𝓫𝓽 𝔀𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓖𝓸𝓭 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓹𝓻𝓸𝓶𝓲𝓼𝓮𝓭 𝔂𝓸𝓾.
Well, my furniture did not arrive that day, or the next, or for that matter the next two weeks! We had to purchase a blow up mattress from Walmart and this became our wonderful bed for two weeks:) Adjust Wayne and I had a choice to make right at that moment. Do we murmur and complain, do we doubt, or do we adjust? When something unexpected happens it is easy to start second guessing yourself and your decisions. You should resist that temptation. This is why it is so important to pray and get confirmation from God and to also seek wise counsel. The Apostle Paul was in God's will yet he was put in prison and beaten to within an inch of his life. Daniel was thrown in the lion's den and most important, Jesus Christ was crucified. All while doing God's will.
Lesson here: 𝓓𝓸 𝓷𝓸𝓽 𝓫𝓮 𝓺𝓾𝓲𝓬𝓴 𝓽𝓸 𝓭𝓸𝓾𝓫𝓽 𝓲𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓽𝓸𝓻𝓶.
I decided to use the downtime to pray for direction and explore my new neighborhood. I met amazing people and discovered things about myself that I did not realize. Some good, and some things that I needed to improve.
The truth is when we are stripped of life's conveniences it allows us to enjoy the simpler things of life. Things that you would normally overlook when you have a lot.
One of my greatest blessings during my first week was the reminder that God's people are everywhere. Despite not having a real bed and other inconveniences, Wayne and I attended a Christian businessman's breakfast. There I saw more than 600 men and women boldly declaring God in the marketplace. It was motivating and it inspired me to live my faith out loud for all to see. Our God is everywhere and involved in every aspect of our lives. We must remain open, teachable and faithful.
A lesson I would like to leave for you here is this: 𝓔𝓿𝓮𝓻𝔂 𝔀𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓰𝓸, 𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓪𝓻𝓮.
A place or a person will not make you happy. Having God's peace inside of you is the only thing that brings joy!
Thank you for taking this journey with me:). Please stay tuned for my discoveries during week two!
Are you on your own journey and need encouragement? Drop me a line! I would love to pray for you:)
Love you lots!