Here's another idea where instead of a post, they made a cool little wine space out of it!
We will be SO glad when this planning stage is over and we can just give the reigns over to the homebuilders and wait for it to be done. (yes, I know it's not THAT easy...) It's so fun to look at all the photos on Pinterest and other places, but then when it's "go time" to actually MAKE the decisions that will be forever in your home... not so easy to nail down.
Nevertheless, we are still just in awe of what is moving forward here. There is so much "behind the scenes" that the Lord is working out and we daily trust that He will show us the timing of everything. So much still needs to be worked out: We need to get a loan, we need Lance to start his new business in Colorado (and have an income again... pretty important I'd say, lol) and we need our house to sell here. It's had me many times in tears (in a GOOD WAY) thinking about how we are totally depended on our Savior... AND, we want to be in that place! It's a hard place to let yourself rest in, (especially when there is SO. MUCH. TO. DO... ) but it is where we know He is taking us and where we desire to BE. This could still end, or be postponed, at any moment if any one of those things I mentioned above doesn't happen. Then we know we will need to wait, and we'd be ok with that too. Totally opening yourselves up to God's plans for you is scary and exciting all at the same time. I think those are the two emotions we feel most during this journey.
Last Sunday in church we were learning about another "I AM" statement that Jesus talks about in the book of John: "I AM the Good Shepard" and again, we see the Lord's perfect timing in that. We know He is shepherding us. We know He is a Sovereign, Good Shepard and He has all authority over our lives. It is unbelievably peaceful to know that He knows everything about us, yet still loves us! Isn't that awesome!?! He is like the shepard who leave the 99 and goes after that ONE lost sheep, pursuing him with His love until he comes back into His fold.
We know that He has a GOOD path for us and we want to yield to that and trust IN that. That if we veer off His path, He will bring us back and get us on the right path. My son-in-law Dany Ferrara shared some insight into Proverbs 16:9 last week at his staff meeting, which Rebecca happened to be a part of. She shared with me how impactful that was to her, and I want to share that real quickly here.
Proverbs 16:9 says: "The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps."
I think most people think of this verse in some what of a negative way, as in "well I shouldn't make my own plans, because God's plans are better and I'll wait for Him to show me..." But what Dany felt the Lord sharing with him (when they were praying and considering leaving here to go to Austria) is that it is OK to make plans, that in fact God does want up to plan! And that IN THAT process, the Lord will ESTABLISH these plans. (I talked about this a while back in a post about our desires and how God gives us our desires for a REASON) So if you feel lead to go somewhere, or do something or you feel that little "nudge"... start planning it. Start praying about, planning for it, researching it, talking about it, asking others about it. That is where you will see the Lord ESTABLISHING it. If it's not in the Lord's plan then He will shut the doors. If it's what He is calling you to do, the doors will open and you will have peace stepping through that door.
I love that, and I know it really touched Rebecca's heart as she shared it with me.
I hope you know today that He is that Good Shepard in your life. That He does want GOOD for you.(Jeremiah 29:11) But also know that there are many bad shepards out there who would like to influence your life and get you to go down the wrong path. Who would like to use you for their purposes, who would like to confuse you about what is good and right. I think of the media and how they try to influence us, or how the world tries to shepard us in the direction they feel is right for the times. For those of you who believe that God is real and good and true, don't let those things lead you away from Jesus Christ.
Each day we have the choice to follow after the Good Shepard who loves us and wants to lead us down His path.
I think of Psalm 23:
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Rest in the joyful assurance that we have in Him.
Sorry this got long and drawn out... I think only I can bring a blog post about moving and design plans around to the Lord... hahaha
I hope you don't think I'm always "preaching" to you, because in all truth I am preaching to myself most of all! I fail to remember so much that comes out through these blog posts and I have so much to learn myself. So the Holy Spirit is definitely trying to get me to HEAR these words and let them sink in to my heart as well. I hope you know that I never say what I say here to tell you what to do. It's simply a space that I pray over and ask the Holy Spirit to bless and use, and hopefully that touches someone out there.
And if you're wondering... No, we do not have a house with a view of the Eiffel Tower! lol The picture at the top of this post is simply a gorgeous view that we WILL get to enjoy when we bring 14 ladies to Paris this summer! Through all this crazy planning for this move, I've also been planning for our retreats this year. We can't wait to have lots of FUN exploring Paris & Bruges, to create and talk about art, (this year will be a study on Rodin) and to share our deep love of Jesus! July come quick...
Have a BEAUTIFUL Tuesday!