There have been so many “firsts” since moving to Missouri, in March. It has all been good. I was thinking this morning about how happy and content I am, which is such
a surprise to me. Not that I expected to be miserable and forlorn- unhappy and longing to return to Texas. I just know myself. I am not one who looks forward to change, and when put in new situations, I would rather remain at” home”, where I feel comfortable. I guess you could call me a “homebody”. I lived at home all through my school years, including college. only to move away when I graduated college and was married. I worked at the same hospital for 13 1/2 years, before becoming a stay at mom. While other friends left and tried jobs at new hospitals or clinics, this nurse stayed where she was. I always used the reverse cliche’, “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence”. I am a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of a gal. Do you know what I mean? My husband says I am definitely NOT a risk taker. I am fine with that. But, things have changed. There have been many “risks” over the past years. God had taken me out of my comfort zone and truly challenged me and my husband.
Prior to the journey of the past two years, I was not depending completely on God for all my needs and my happiness. I was looking to my work, my family, my husband, my daughter for my happiness. Oh, don’t get me wrong – God was in the mix. It is just I was not looking to God as the one providing it all. I trusted God to care for my family and marriage – but it was more in theory and not as an “action”. But, faith and trusting in God is an ACTION. You can read more about how I learned to trust God – HERE.
I realize why I am so happy – why a move to Missouri, away from all our family, friends, and church has been easy and rewarding. I, and my family, are IN GOD’S WILL! There is comfort knowing you are exactly where God wants you to be. I have no doubt my family is supposed to be in Missouri. We are supposed to be at our church. And, I am participating in the activities God has directed me to join.
Do you know what I mean? I pray you do have the same peace.
Having said all that, I am so excited about this week. Many changes and new beginnings! Well, let me rephrase – If Grace gets over her virus and remains free of fever today – then – I will be so excited about this week! (You mother’s know what I mean.) This weeks is a celebration of many things. It started yesterday as I was singing on the Praise Team. (I recently began singing with our Praise Team – something I have not done in years!) It was a great morning of worship and I truly felt God’s presence as I was on stage singing with the band congregation. It is such a blessing, for me, to sing praises to my God.
Today, being Labor Day, is nice because I will have my hubby around! Lovely!
Tuesday starts a new chapter in my life. I will joining the MOPS program (Mother of Preschoolers) at our church. I have been asked to be the Hospitality Coordinator for our MOPS program. I was honored to be asked. We will have our first meeting tomorrow morning. So, you can see why I am praying healing for Grace. I would hate to miss our first meeting. Plus, I am cooking a yummy new recipe for the ladies at MOPS. You know how much I love to cook and try new recipes. This recipe comes from Sherry at Lamp Unto My Feet, for “Cowgirl Casserole”. Thanks, Sherry, I cannot wait to try it. I know I will have the opportunity to make many new friends and strength other friendships I have made over the past few months.
Thursday is the beginning of our Women’s Fall Bible Study. We will be doing a Beth Moore study of Revelations. WOW! You know that will be good! I am so excited to meet back up with these ladies. I joined their group, this summer. What a blessing they all are to me.
Friday is my wedding anniversary! My husband and I will be celebrating 16 years of marriage. It has not always been easy or the proverbial “bed of roses”. But I wouldn’t change it – God has blessed us and we are so happy. We have been through so much. God has healed a broken marriage and given us such blessings! Hubby has arrange for a sitter, and we are going on our first date in over a year! Woo hoo!!
Saturday will be rehearsal for the Praise Team. I will be singing, again, next week.
Next Sunday will be a full day and I am SO looking forward to it! Our church will begin having two services, due to the rapid growth of the church. God is so great! Then Sunday afternoon, our new small group will meet at our home. My husband and I have been asked to lead a small group. The group consists of 4 other families who are similar in age as also have small children. We are excited to begin this new journey of friendship and spiritual growth with a great group of fellow believers.
Isn’t this an exiting week? If God had not moved us from Texas to Missouri, we would have never had these opportunities with this group of people. Also, I haven’t even mentioned how happy and fulfilled my husband feels in his current job. What a blessing that is for a man!
Now, don’t get me wrong. We miss our family and friends! But, we can keep in touch with cell phones, email, text messages, facebook… you get the idea. Also, my parents will be arriving for a long awaited visit, next week! And, our family from Wisconsin will arrive the following week! Our family understand. They miss us, as we do them. However, they know the importance of obedience. We have been obedient, looking to God for guidance and wisdom, which has led us to this place of contentment.
Below are two songs by Chris Rice called “Deep Enough”. He sings of peace, happiness and contentment and peace in Jesus.