Absent without leaving...
That's been me lately - here and there, but a little MIA in Blog Land.
There's a good reason for that.
I've been hinting at some BIG NEWS on my blog in the last few months. Well, I'm ready to make the big announcement. (No, I am NOT pregnant...58, really?!)
Yup, after living in my current home for 28 years, "The Hub" and I are *getting out of Dodge*!
Can I tell you my journey?
(You’re all saying yes, right?!)
My husband is an original mountain man. He was living in the mountains when we met 10 years ago. I owned a home, he was renting, so when we got married, he moved down to me.
With one condition – well, actually two. One, never cut your hair. Two, don't let us get stuck in the city - (to my husband, the suburbs might as well be the inner city ghetto - just sayin'...)
So, we have spent the last 7 years in Suburbia, dreaming about moving to the mountains. "The Hub" was thinking Montana or Colorado. I was thinking…well, I was thinking, "But my whole family and all my friends are here."
Finally, we decided that a lovely little mountain town about two hours away might just be our perfect compromise place.
So, we played "Lookee-Loos" last summer. Getting our feet wet. Trying it on for size.
And then, we sorta put everything on the back shelf.
Then, around the end of the year, I felt like God was telling me to seriously re-visit the thought of moving.
And this time, it felt not so much like a random idea, but like an actual call from God.
As I began my 2012 yearly Bible reading plan using the Chronological Bible, I found it interesting, in that not-so-subtle, but oh-so-sublime way God has of making coincidences happen – that I was reading all about Abraham.
This verse stood out:
"The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father's family, and go to the land that I will show you.'" (Genesis 12:1)
So, we looked – and within a month – lo and behold, we bought a house!
Then began the rather interesting process that my brother likes to call the "E" word – escrow. I have never seen so much paperwork in my life. Except maybe when my house got T-P'd once. Actually, endless escrow paperwork is kinda like toilet paper – but I digress.
We faced many snags and difficulties.
There were unforeseen problems with heating and septic systems.
Some mouse challenges.
It took us almost a month to find homeowner's insurance because of our proximity to the forest.
I was beginning to face the prospect of moving away from my family – my aging parents, my sons – away from everyone, really – and it wasn't easy.
It was a time of terrible turmoil –
I was unable to find peace, until I told God, "I'm going to do what I feel You're calling me to do – and I trust that You're going with me."
And I can remember the day when He told me He was right there, every step of the way.
"The Hub" and I were driving home one night after visiting up there, and I sat down to do my devotions. The title of that day's selection was "Surveying a Great Mountain."
And this was the verse for the day:
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD…
There he will teach us his ways,
and we will walk in his paths." (Isaiah 2:3)
And, of course, my Bible reading was all about Joshua taking possession of the Promised Land.
A verse from those days?
"'Then, just as the LORD our God commanded us, we left…and traveled through the great and terrifying wilderness…and headed toward the hill country…Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the LORD…has promised you. Don't be afraid! Don't be discouraged!'" (Deuteronomy 1:19, 21)
That's how the journey started.
And I'd just love to tell you more about what's been going on.
Wanna come along?
I promise the stories will *move* you...(oh, c'mon - it was just too easy!!)
Has God ever called you to do something that you absolutely knew you could not do on your own?
Linked today with Joan at SHARING HIS BEAUTY
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