I recently wrote about the happenings of the last 9 months in my post
the hmmmm-ing, the haa-ing and the hemming, take a peak for a good read!
It is incredible to me how God speaks through others. When this person told me I was laboring and preparing for new birth, I sort of understood what she said. It has been a very exciting past nine months and yet incredibly uncomfortable. Truly I could compare it to pregnancy!
I asked a question on facebook this past week. It was, "Just a question, doing a little research.... Answer me this... What were your 2 favorite things about pregnancy and your 2 not favorite things about being pregnant...? If you have more than 2 of each, please share. And NO, I am not pregnant! Lol"
I received many wonderful answers, and each one I could compare in the spiritual.
for example, one of the answers read like this,
" upside, feeling the life move inside of me and giving birth to Gods gift - downside, the pressure (i carried low) and hmmmmm I LOVED being pregnant both times."
This is exactly how I've felt!! I was thrilled as I watched God move through the different scenarios that presented themselves! Knowing that this was from God for me, and for Him was amazing to me, and still is! New Life, fulfillment of a calling in my life, and the desires of my heart all wrapped up in a beautiful package! Of course, none of it was easy, and yet when I gave up my need for control and knowledge, it really wasn't difficult at all!
Another one of my favorite answers was,
"favorite - being excited about meeting this new little person. Least favorite - Being terrified about being responsible for a new little person. Other Favorite - feeling the first movements,
researching baby names. Least Faves - Worrying about a loss (and every weird symptom), the
nausea and exhaustion at the beginning, the fear of labor, the braxton hicks, the false labor, the
not being able to sleep....
Again, spiritually speaking, this is exactly how I felt, even the losing sleep....
If God hadn't shown me, and spoke directly to me about taking my eyes off of the process and focusing them on Him and what He wants to do with me, outside of the process, I would have been swallowed up by the process and quite possibly lost this new life!
Recognizing God in all of this was of utmost importance, for my faith and for His calling on my life.. I easily could have missed it!
How often have I missed God in my circumstances? I can think of a few times where I have missed it.... However we serve a beautiful God full of mercy and grace, who recognizes that we are human! He always managed to turn things around, He would call a little louder, convict me a little harder, but His love always remained the same! How privileged are we to serve the incredible Creator!
An update on our situation is that we've got the house! Our possession date is July 1, 2013. We are so excited! This new home is incredible for our family!
Let me tell you though, as much has God has provided a picturesque home and property for our family, it really isn't about us at all! It is entirely about His plan. This home will be a place of ministry, day in and day out, our hope is to share the love of Christ with as many as we can!
We have named the house, "The Nest". For those of you who know me you will have full understanding of this name. Once my husband and I become empty 'nesters', our hope is to open this home to women of all generations going through difficulty. A home for the hurting to recuperate, refresh, and rebuild there life and identity in Christ. This will be a house of LOVE, founded only by the greatest LOVE of all, Jesus.
Please be praying for our family as we move in to this new life that God has provided.
If you are ever in Shoal Lake, please stop by and share your story with us! We would love to see you!