When I first had the idea to start this blog, it was my vision to write about “Simply Starting Over,” as my journey to getting back to the simple things in life (old recipes, holistic remedies and good, old-fashioned simple-living) in order to start over; healthier, happier and more in touch with God. While my vision remains the same, God has taken me and my family on an abrupt and unexpected detour; and we are literally starting over, by the grace of God.
Starting Over… Literally
We got word from our landlord a week ago that our home (Friendly Acres) is being sold, the property being caught up in the mire of a difficult divorce. We have only until September to find a new place and move.
Obviously, we were not prepared for this type of news, and our lives (at least the ones we planned), were thrown into chaos. The obvious questions of “where will we go, what will we do and how will we survive this most unexpected move, (and the biggie for us: there is a huge lack of properties available in our area” swirled around our heads.
Paralyzing Fear…or Faith?
Recognizing the weapon of the enemy (fear), we took those thoughts captive and went to our heavenly Father and asked for wisdom, guidance, strength and courage in this unexpected (and frightening) phase of our lives. He showed up in a big way.
My husband and I both heard from God, separately, but were told the exact same thing; “It’s going to be okay, I’ve got this.” Both of us derived tremendous comfort and security in God’s messages and felt as though the situation was handled. All we needed to do was to continue to seek guidance, pray and trust.
Trust. Such a simple word, but how difficult it is to sometimes live it out loud! According to Merriam Webster, the definition of trust is:
- a: Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, of someone or something.
b: One in which confidence is placed.
Is not that the epitome of God and everything he stands for; and the guidepost for us, as Christians to follow?
In the Bible, the word “trust” is mentioned 147 times (King James Version). It is referenced 39 times in the Psalms alone. This tells me that trusting is a pretty critical part of my walk with Jesus.
How does one trust God for such an important life situation? My answer is a question… “How does one NOT trust the God of the universe for such a (small for Him) thing? God is good. All the time. For me, my trust comes in remembering situations he has come through in very big ways for me in the past. He has never, ever abandoned me, and he won’t start now. I know that. I trust in that—and that is what is making this situation bearable.
And so, we are trusting Him to lead us to our new home, wherever that may be. We’re currently scouting new areas that never occurred to us before. You know what’s happening? We’re getting really, really excited! It sort of feels like Christmastime for us; seeing what gifts God is going to give us through this move.
Faith or fear; you can’t have both. You must choose one over the other. God tells us to have faith and trust:
Joshua 1:9- “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord, your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 9:10- 10 “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
Psalm 56:3- 3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
Psalm 84:12- 12 Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trust in you.”
I’m choosing faith and trust for this chapter in our lives. With the clarity that is derived from faith, hope and trust, I can think clearly, do the things I am able to, in this moment, with what I have; and trust God for the rest. Most importantly, I’ll be able to hear God’s still, small voice in the midst of this life storm, guiding to the next chapter in our lives.
Now I’m not writing this post as a sanctimonious, “perfect” Christian. Far from it! I fall short of God’s expectations on a daily basis, and it is only through his grace that I am able to be forgiven, learn from it and move on. I’m writing it, first of all because God asked me to and so I’m hoping that it blesses someone else going through a tough time. And secondly, because I may need a reminder when the enemy tries to get a hold of me down the long road ahead. I’ll be able to come back here and read this, knowing that these words were those that God told me to write, and garner comfort in this reminder.
I hope you’ll continue on this journey with us. (Prayers are always encouraged and appreciated!) Thank you!!
Blessings to you and Yours,
Proverbs 3:5-6- 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways, submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”