Happy New Year, everyone. I cannot believe that we’re at the start of yet another year! It’s crazy how time flies.
We’re off to a busy start this year. This week Anthony and my boys are packing up our home. The good news is that we will finally have real beds to sleep on and large sofas to accommodate more bodies than the little loveseat we have in our rental house. We’re looking forward to that very much.
It’s been a bittersweet time for me. While I am so thankful for God’s provision with the sale of our home, it’s been so hard to let go in my heart. We bought our country house thinking we would live there until Jesus called us home. You’d think that after living on three different continents in our married lives (and more houses that I can count!) that I would know better.
That I would have grasped the fact that when you lay your life down at the foot of the cross…
…God can call you anywhere.
And in the stillness of the night, when my heart aches for all that was, the Father gently and tenderly reminds me once again…
…your life is not your own, Adéye.
As Anthony has reminded me so many times over the past few months, this is all so temporary. This life that we live is so fleeting. This one shot that we have at getting it right.
We really are just passing through.
Hold onto the things of the world loosely, we tell ourselves.
For in a nano-second, God can change things!
He can put you on a new journey.
He can give you more than you ever imagined.
He can bless you abundantly.
He can give you new, exciting opportunities.
And He can also take away.
Because He is God.
And I am not.
My prayer for 2014 is that my family will find a place to settle once again. I am so amazed at the kids who God has given us. They have embraced this season with such joy and complete acceptance. They have made the most of five months of challenging times and have never allowed themselves to be discouraged or longing for the past. They have been my greatest teachers in this season–always hopeful, always trusting, always reminding me that GOD CAN! Through every trial and every valley the words on their lips have been the same, “Harper is worth it!”
Yes, she certainly is!
I am such a work in progress. So slow to get things right. How grateful I am for such a loving, patient Father in heaven whose love, grace, and mercy know no limits.
I’m embracing 2014 with everything that is within me. My journey to get healthier, fitter, and stronger continues. This year I’m setting out to challenge myself and try new things. I want to find a healthier balance in being all the things that God has called me to be in this life. And I don’t want to miss out on anything that He has for me…
…even if it means that the road will be long and winding.
Praying for you all as we enter another new year. Step out and follow God with crazy, wild abandon this year and let Him amaze you with His sweet presence.
Thank you for the gift of your friendship here. I am truly grateful for every comment you leave here and on FB, every note of encouragement you send my way, every prayer you offer on behalf of my family, every dollar you donate to a cause I share, and every post you share to help us find families for little ones in need. You are such faithful people of the Living God!
May the favor of the Lord Jesus Christ rest upon your families in 2014.