This is my first blog post from our new home in Missouri! It's been quite the adventrue to get here and I have a long story to share. I haven't had much time to blog so this poor little one has been neglected but I hope to change that and it's start right now!
I have to say that I never would have thought we would be living in Missouri and it just goes to show me that God has plans far greater than the piddly little ones I make and are much more important anyways!
To start our story, I have to go back about a year or so, and the feeling both Steve and I had that we were going to be moving. At the time we thought it was going to be to Virginia but that never panned out to anything as much as we really wanted it to. We didn't know what to do with what we were feeling and some words that we felt were from the Lord. Well...little did we know that He was preparing us for this move that wasn't on my radar at all!
We came to Missouri about a month ago for a homeschool retreat I was attending and Steve came along to do some painting he was hired for. While we were here a big job Steve had back in Asheville fell through and it made our future pretty bleak looking. It has been a tough year with the economy and painting was getting harder and harder to find and the good jobs just weren't there. We moved to Asheville 13 years ago for Steve to start painting with his dad and it had gone pretty good up to that point. To say the least, we were heavy hearted as to what our future was going to hold and what our next step was going to be. Steve had been working so hard to keep our family surviving and he was so tired. He wasn't sleeping well and his heart was racing at times with the stress of it all. We were at the end of ourselves and all we could do was cry out to God to take care of us and that is just what He did. Of course it didn't look at all like anything we had planned but we decided to take a huge step of faith and be obedient in it.
So about a month after returning from our trip to Missouri we packed up all our belongings and headed down the road.
The process of how that decision was made was quite a laborious one but one we knew was from God. Hard to swallow at times, as we were leaving the home we never thought we would and friends we would miss dearly. I think that is why God made so many things so very clear to us concerning this next step because He knew how hard it would be for us to leave. God answered a prayer of Steve's so specifically that there was no doubt we were to go on the adventure halfway across the US to where we are now. He completely took my argument out from under me and now that I look back on it that was pretty much the only way I would have moved from the spot we were in. Amazing how He knows us so well and just what we need to follow Him without abandonment.
Steve was feeling pretty low before all of this and really didn't feel that he had any marketable skills since all he has been doing for the last 14 years was painting. As we started praying about our future, Steve felt like he should go to school for EMT since he had been wanting to go to that years ago but never did as we didn't have the time or the money to do it. So the main part of our moving where we are now is for Steve to go to school and see where our future can lead to after that.
The most amazing part of all of this is to see how God had used His children in our lives and to see our story come to be right before our very eyes. It all started with Steve's prayer being answered that he thought was pretty crazy to pray but he did and we have learned that there is nothing too crazy for God to answer! It all started with that and God used two very wonderful people to make that happen and we are so very thankful for them. They offered space in their house for the next year and that is exactly part of what Steve prayed. Well not specifically that but that is how God chose to answer it and there was not question to us that that was the answer. We are so very thankful for their generous hearts and the beautuiful people that they are. And then we had so many people that provided for our move and in ways we had not ever expected. Our hearts are so full with gratitude to so many people that helped us get to where we are and it is amazing to see God use them in our lives.
Right now all we know for sure is that we are right where God wants us to be and for the next year we will be here while Steve goes to school in hopes to gain skills that will allow us to find a job that is much more stable for our future. And I have no doubt that will happen as I look back at how God moved mightly to bring us here and made it very clear to us in ways we can't question.
So that is how our adventure to where we are now began and I'm excited to see what God is going to do next. Of course, none of this comes without a lot of emotions attached to it but God is faithful to handle all the tears that have been cried because of such a big change. We miss our friends dearly and are so thankful for the bonds that are much stronger than any distance. We are excited to see what this adventure will bring in our lives and will keep the blog updated as it unfolds!