Ok, ok, I know. It’s been waaay too long without any posts on this blog. Well, there’s been a lot of big changes in life recently, so I beg your forgiveness, and will try and remedy the situation with a quick summary, and then get back to work trying to write more regularly.
So here’s the news:
Our family moved to Sacramento, California in late October.
Why did we move? In a nutshell, to be with some friends out here who have asked us to come and help them try to have deeper fellowship, and to see what God wants to do out here.
When we were first planning to move, we were expecting to live with our friends, Chris and Esther. They even moved into a larger house to accommodate us. But God had different plans, and that just didn’t work out. So we moved out anyway and stayed with them temporarily while looking for a house for ourselves here in Sacramento.
After about 5 or so weeks of house-hunting we found a place, and moved in on the 7th of December. The dust has settled (which had a lot of fir needles and glitter in it due to Christmas), or at least is almost settled. We’ve been really buying up all the time we can get with Shammah’s family lately, because they are now shipping back to Tennessee, hopefully temporarily.
We just got back from hanging out with them at the hotel they’re staying at in Folsom, saying our goodbyes. They are headed out about 7am tomorrow. They have been an amazing support to us, and are like having your closest family around. We’re going to miss them.
It’s a bit strange to us, though not too strange for other people perhaps. You see, both Ari and I have been living in Rose Creek Village since our early teens. That means living communally with all those 250+ people, which have become a very real family to us. So this is pretty radically different. But we are sure of the Lord’s leading, so what else can we do?
This is an exciting time for us. We have been and are being challenged on a daily basis to put our faith to practical application. The clear thing that God told us before our move was to surrender our security to him. But he’s taken care of us every step of the way.
I’d have done everything differently, of course. But his thoughts are not our thoughts, and his ways are not our ways. But in his way there is life abundant and joy forevermore.
So, Merry Christmas! May you find peace in surrendering your security to the Father as well!