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Rumblings...

Rumblings: an early indication or rumor of dissatisfaction or incipient change.

That's what is going on inside of me lately, (the incipient change part)  Yet I am so busy that it's there in the background, trying to get my attention... and I wish I could "be still" for it to come to the foreground.  This change that is about to happen encompasses our whole lives and right now trying to figure out what steps to take and what to do next is daunting.

Right now we are going forward in the early stages of the plans for the home and the gathering place.  Looking at so many home plans can make you delirious, but working through this process is so important to the future our our lives in Colorado.

I was thinking this week about WORDS and talked about that on my last blog post below.  I was just talking to Lance about taking some time to think about the words we want our home to embody. It's important to me because I truly believe we are being called to a place that the Lord has established ahead of us and therefore a place that when people come (and we live in daily) it speaks to us... and those who will come and be a part of this with us.  

I know GATHER is kind of the "it" word right now.  I see it everywhere... on pillows, signs, etc. But when I first felt the Lord directing us to GATHER people, He lead me to Hebrews 10:22-25: 

22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts purified from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water;

23 let us hold fast the profession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that promised).

24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto charity and unto good works,

25 not forsaking our gathering together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another and so much the more, when ye see that day approaching.

I love how the Message Bible translates Hebrews 10-:22-25 Listen to this version:

So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.

Let's see how INVENTIVE and ENCOURAGING we can be!

I so adore that.  Just like my last post talks about how words can speak life or crush a spirit, I want my home and our Gathering Place to be a place of CREATIVENESS and ENCOURAGEMENT.

Some of the words that are flowing out of these verses and our thought process are:

Inviting

Creative

Fellowship

Rest

Encouragement

Revival

Love

So the question becomes:

How do you go forward in the process of building THESE words into a place that embodies that?? That is what I am trying to figure out and now is the time.  When we are in the process of designing WALLS and SPACES and LIGHTING... all of that!

So I want to share with you some of these elements that will make our home (and gathering place eventually) and see what YOU think.  If will indulge me a little I want to show you some photos and ask if those words above would intermix with these designs.  Sound fun?

When have a vision for our land that goes way beyond our comfort zone as far as design and what we are used to.  So when you see these pictures don't FREAK OUT.  hahaha  

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Even though these all have different styles (don't worry about that right now), they all encompass the elements we want:  

1. An open floor plan
2. Stairs as a design element IN the room
3. A loft visible from this "Great Room."

We really think we want the stairs to be a focal point of this part of the home.  It shows movement, to me it is inviting you to explore and it certainly is creative!

The next element we really want in our home is a Sun Room. Maybe it's just because we are moving from California where it is currently 80 degrees in February... but we truly want a small space that is off the kitchen that is enclosed but open to view the outdoors and feel like your are almost IN the outdoors...

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The first sun room makes my heart go "pitter patter" like nothing else!  I fell in LOVE with this picture on Pinterest instantly.  I just don't know if Colorado sun will be too strong to have the ceiling like that or version #2 would be better?  But oh how I am in love with dreaming about my mornings out here with my bible, Jesus and of course COFFEE... duh 

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Outdoor space.  As you probably have seen, we LOVE our outdoor space... and I've already cried a few times thinking about the day I can no longer be out there in the mornings doing my devotions or the times we have enjoyed with family and friends out there that will forever be treasured. SO... that means we really want to try and create a space outside that is going to be a place for FELLOWSHIP.  Yes, the barn will be that as well and so much more.  But that may not come for a while and is not where we will live our daily lives.

With the way our home will be set up, there will be a walk out basement below the main level.  We are not used to this concept but trying to understand it.  What makes sense it to have a deck off the main level (from the kitchen & great room) that will be a place to relax, unwind and enjoy with friends and family.  What do you think about these spaces above?  I'd love to have a fireplace again outside but now sure it will be a real one or not.

So there's the beginning stages of our home plans. 

I'd LOVE to hear what you think and see if you would feel those words I mentioned above in those spaces?  You can leave a comment on here or via my contact page.  

I'll share more next week of the kitchen and other areas, but that great room/open floor plan is where we want to put the most thought in and create a beautiful place for life with our family and friends.

Have a GREAT weekend,

Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh and if you want to see more of what we are thinking about, you can follow me on Pinterest at Laura McCollough and go to my Laura's Wish List for Colorado.  

 

 

 

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What path are you taking?

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What path are you taking?

Looking over my photos from this year I've noticed a theme.  I take a lot of photos of paths!  What I'm realizing is that it's so fitting for this year because we are truly seeing that the Lord has us on a NEW path and we did NOT expect it.  More on that later...

Here's just some of the paths we have been on in 2017 and you're welcome to scroll right on by, or you can indulge my nostalgia.  :)

This beach path was taken on New Years Day... Looking into colleges for Rebecca lead us to this beautiful beach path in Santa Barbara.  She didn't follow this path because she clearly felt the Lord calling her in a different direction and we are so thrilled she listened to that "still, small voice" that was speaking to her.

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This really cool city street path lead us to one of the cutest little cafe's in all of Paris when we went to Paris in the Springtime!  What a beautiful time of year to explore one of our favorite cities.

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Old cathedral walkways are beautiful and bittersweet to me... This was a beautiful pathway in Mont-Saint Michel in France that we toured and even though is was beautiful, it was a bit sad to see it as just a tourist destination and not really a place of worship anymore.

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This gorgeous path below was in Bruges, Belgium and Rebecca and I had a glorious day this past spring biking through here.  We are SO excited to do this again next summer with the ladies coming to our Paris & Belgium retreat!   We also got to explore many paths in Belgium on a horse-drawn carriage and wander down the beautiful streets that we can't wait to come back to. 

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This girl got to walk another new path... and have a photo shoot in Paris for her Senior photos taken on these picturesque paths!  That was a beautiful surprise and a really special day for both of us.

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Some of the paths we took this year lead us to new places and some lead us to places we used to live!  It was so fun to go back to Orange County in May with our friends from church and spend a weekend in Newport Beach.  We will treasure these times with our families because we know we are all taking different paths soon...

Because sometimes paths will lead you away from people.

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And some pathways will lead you to new people in your lives.  Getting to finally meet Jeanne's whole family this summer and spend time with them was such a treasure and we are so grateful to have had this special time in Bellagio with them!  

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This pathway in Venice was just MAGICAL.  Isabella was so enchanted with this city and it was so much fun to see a place through someone else's eyes.  I feel this way about Bellagio when we see the look of wonder on peoples faces when they see it for the first time.  It is such a joy to get to experience that again and again.

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Isabella was so in love with Venice.  This "path" or Ponte dell'Accademia Bridge has one of the most stunning views of the Grand Canal.  I'm so glad we took the time to take Isabella to Venice this past summer and give her a chance to see this beautiful "floating city."  I know we will be back and find new paths to explore in this amazing place.

Sometimes we take unexpected paths in life and they lead to big changes...

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We would have never thought that taking a road trip from California to Michigan this past summer would change the trajectory of our lives... but it has.

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This beach on Lake Michigan was a quiet spot for me to spend time thinking about what the Lord was stirring in my heart on that road trip.  I believe He wants us to take those times to "Be still" and listen.  So much of our lives we are busy WITH life and we forget to listen to what He has FOR our lives?  This road trip was THAT time for me... and it changed the path we are on now.

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We came home from that road trip and felt a stirring.  If you read my blog post below "Go out in Faith" you know what I'm talking about.  This guy on the path below is one amazing man.  He was able to listen to what the Lord was showing me, believe that the Lord was working in our lives, pray to be lead as well and then move on what we both felt the Lord was calling us to do.  I think he'll find new paths to take with that Harley wherever we live...

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We had a few other paths to head down this year...  Like a trip to Colorado where we actually put an offer on 35 acres of land!  Then an anniversary trip back to where we honeymooned in New England.  And then a trip back to France for Rebecca and I to teach and work... It's been a quite a busy year, if you couldn't tell already! hahaha

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And then Italy... that path just has our hearts. We just got back and I'll be sharing photos from that trip tomorrow on my Love, Tuesday post.  

I'll never tire of walking the beautiful pathways in Italy.  I hope to be an 80 year old lady walking these paths hand in hand with Lance. 

Some pathways, no matter how many times you have been on that path, are so special and have such a place of HOME that they can be visited over and over again...

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And then some pathways BECOME your NEW home...

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It's OFFICIAL... As of today, we are land owners in Colorado!  We can't quite believe it yet, but we are stepping out in faith and praying about what that is supposed to look like for our future.  I continue to be AMAZED at how God works things out and look to Him to guide us on this new path we are on.  Thank you again for all your support and kind comments on here and via email and social media!  We are so grateful and pray that the Lord will just shine in all of this.

The last few days as it lead up to our closing on the land the bible verses for each day were about God building your house, then the next day... God providing for your land and then today was about paths... 

I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Psalm 119:104

I LOVE how things become clear and He speaks to us through His Word.

And, I don't know about you... but I don't want to be on the WRONG path.  I think I was on the wrong path for far too long in my life.  The safe, lukewarm path... I'm sad that that is true, but my husband can attest to it.  The wrong path doesn't have to look horrible and scary and ugly... it can just be a little off from the RIGHT path, to be the WRONG path.  

I am so thankful that the Lord got me back on HIS path and I'll be honest... this new path is scary!  But I am hopeful and excited to see where He leads us.

Think about the paths you have gone down this year... or the last few years.  Would you say you are on the right path?

If not... seek the Lord in prayer to show you how to get there.  Because He has a pretty scary, but awesome path for you too!  It's about having a little Faith and Trust... and being ALL IN for the PATH that leads to eternal JOY.

What path are you taking?

 

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Go out in faith...

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Go out in faith...

Have you asked yourself this question lately... or ever??

What are you called to do?

 

No, not what you are doing... your job, your family, your everyday tasks...

Bigger.

 

Why are you here? What do you think is your calling?

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I'll be completely honest with you and tell you that that was not something I spent ANY time thinking about.  For way too long actually.

Oh there's that time in everyone's life when you're about to graduate High School and you think about what you want to do with your life.  Where should I go to college... what kind of job would I like to have... but "my calling"...  it's just not really something I spent time thinking about.  I think more of my life was spent LETTING things happen.  As a girl growing up 30 years ago I knew I wanted to be married, have children and I wanted to be able to stay home and raise them.  Those were my goals and even though they may seem so simple in this day and age, that was my hearts desire.  I don't see anything wrong with that, but maybe I can dare to say it was not giving God a big enough place in my life?  Or maybe it was a little self centered, or at best just "safe"?  Don't get me wrong... I want my daughters to have those same things even now and they are NOT bad things to want!   

But beyond those simple goals I had, I don't think I asked myself that question I just asked you.  But it IS a question to be asked.  It's SO important to ask yourself.  Because it gets to the heart of WHO God is.  

Who He wants YOU to be.  

We aren't here to merely grow up, find a job, get married, have kids, etc. etc...

Those things are going to happen.  But getting back to the bigger question, I want my daughters to ask themselves that NOW... I want YOU to ask yourselves that question now, at whatever age you may be.  So that you are driven by a purpose set in motion the moment you were born.  Each one of us has a purpose.  Do you know what that is?

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Think of anyone you know who has a PURPOSE in life.  You can tell who they are.

I can think of some dear friends that I know KNOW their purpose.  I think of someone like Franklin Graham (and of course his dad Billy) who KNOW their calling.

I also know an author that is stirring up these thoughts in my head... here's a quote from his book "Chase The Lion"

"In every dream journey there comes a moment when you have to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.  You have to go after a dream that is destined to FAIL without divine intervention."  Mark Batterson

I know I have mentioned his name and his books many times... but it's because nothing, outside of the Word of God, has spoken to me so loudly at this point in my life!

"In God's book, success is spelled stewardship.  It's making the most of the time, talent, and treasure God has given you.  It's doing the best you can with what you have where you are."  Yes, that's Mark Batterson again.

Now let me tell you that long story I've been meaning to tell you:

This past summer we were supposed to be gone for 6 weeks.  We were also supposed to go to Paris, France as part of our trip.  I LOVE Paris and as you saw in past photos I took Rebecca this Spring, was there last week and plan to go next summer with a group of ladies.  

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BUT, I felt like we weren't supposed to go this past summer as a family.  So after talking with Lance about this feeling we changed our plans.  We had to change our plans again because when we were in Italy we felt like we needed to go home.  Which meant that we didn't go to Prague, we didn't go to Bruges and we didn't go to Michigan on the way home...

I say all this because it's part of the reason we are in escrow on 35 acres in Colorado!!!

You see I have been on a journey with the Lord these last few years and I am amazed at how much of a real, true relationship you can have with the God of the Universe!  I shouldn't be shocked about this.  I've always loved the Lord and have followed Jesus my whole life.  But I don't know that I have followed Him my whole life... WITH my WHOLE life.  And I also don't think I really listened to that "Still, small voice"... and that is SO important in this whole story.

A while back I told the Lord to USE me.  I remember writing it in my journal and crying over those words.  Because those are SCARY words to say.  There's a verse in 2 Chronicles 16:9 that says "For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His."  He is looking for YOU, for anyone who is willing to surrender their lives to Him and let Him use you!  He has AMAZING plans for you!  Trust that.

I know that because I have seen that in my life!  (Remember, I'm the one who wanted to get married, have children and live happily ever after in safe town...)  I didn't desire for big dreams or to travel the world or to be in ministry... all over the world!  I'm the one who hates getting on an airplane... or speaking in public!! But He is using my Art & Faith Creative Retreats and I know He has given me such a heart for the women that He has brought into my life through this.  I will do those retreats for as long as He allows and I am SO blessed that I get to share His love with women in beautiful places like Italy and France!!  But He is stirring my heart to more.  To be used in more ways and maybe even in bigger, scarier ways.

Getting back to the story...

We ended up taking a road trip to Michigan because we needed to get there from California now that we didn't have the plane ticket from Paris to Michigan.  Yes, it was long and boring and hours upon hours of driving.  But along the way we stopped at some friends houses and had fun.  One of those special places we stopped was at my dear friend Jeanne Oliver's home in Colorado.  They have such a special place and you can SO feel that when you are there.  She was so open with us and loved on us and truly is a gift in my life that I thank God for.   We also had some sweet moments with the Lord on our trip.  And... something about Colorado made us stop and FEEL His presence.  It happened on the way TO Michigan and on the way home from Michigan.  The mountains stirred in me something I didn't understand yet. 

Isaiah 55:12 says “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."

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Rebecca and I talked about it all the way home.  We felt like Colorado WAS home.  That was so strange to us! All I can say is that the Lord was stirring our hearts and we were trying to understand it, but it didn't make sense.  Lance wasn't even on this road trip with us!  He's also a committed Californian... hahaha  He loves California!  We've talked about moving before and it just never worked out, but mostly because my hubby LOVES California!  Do you see what I'm trying to say?  This whole idea/desire brewing in us was CRAZY!  (God kind of crazy...)

So when we got back home we talked about the trip, all the long hours of driving, the great time we had in Michigan... etc, etc.  We told him how much we loved Colorado... and left it at that.

But in my own prayer time I started praying BIG PRAYERS.  Why did I feel so connected to a place that I didn't even think two thoughts about a month ago?  Why is my heart wanting to go back?  Would I REALLY consider moving out of California?  So in my own time with the Lord I asked him to do something.  I asked that IF He was stirring my heart to move to Colorado, then He would need to change Lances heart.  He would need to put a desire on his heart to want to leave California!  (I really thought "fat chance of that happening")

But things started happening...

One day a couple weeks later Lance said "I think I could move out of California".... What the what?

Then another day he said... "It would be nice to have space and land..."

Ok God... I see you.

At the SAME time, the Lord started showing ME things in His Word and in my prayer time.  I felt like He was directing me to the word "Gather" or "A Gathering Place" and He also lead me to some verses in Hebrews 10-:23-25 that confirmed this.  So at the same time that I'm hearing a foreign language come out of Lance's mouth (I could move out of California??) I'm feeling some confirmation on what is stirring in both of our hearts.

So I started doing some research.  Finding some reasons to move.  We started talking to people about moving.  It was crazy how fast things started moving.  Then one day Lance said, "Let's go check it out..."  

Now I'm all about moving and doing this if it's the Lord calling us to move and He has a purpose in all of this.  But I will tell you that I kinda freaked out for a bit.  I like California too!  And if I'm honest... I like my house, my backyard, my friends here, the nice warm weather here... we have it pretty nice here, in California!

But I also couldn't deny that the Lord was stirring our hearts and moving in our lives, and that is exciting!  It's scary... but it's also exciting when you can clearly see that the Lord is speaking and working in your life, for His purpose to be glorified.

So we went to Colorado... to look.

And it wasn't all sunshine and roses my friends.

The first full day we were there we met with a real estate agent who showed us some homes and land.  Lance wasn't all that impressed.  That day was long and rough and there was arguing and the girls were fighting and we didn't feel anything.  Oh Lance thought some places were nice, but not really what he was thinking it would be like.  So we got back to our hotel and it was not pretty.  Everyone was tired and less then in a good mood.  I thought ok Lord... we're going back home after this trip and California it is.  But I also cried and prayed and cried that night.  I asked the Lord to show us clearly.  I felt like He was opening doors and stirring things in our hearts, but was He?  Was this bad day we just had part of the enemy trying to step in the path of the Lords will and mess things up?  Was this just all my imagination/desire to move out of California and we weren't really seeing signs from the Lord working in us to fulfill a purpose?  I asked the Lord to show us or close the doors.

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The next day we met with a home builder.  I had talked with him briefly a week before we came and told him the vision I felt the Lord was showing me.  He was also a believer and shared some things with me that I really thought were pretty awesome.  So that day we met at their office and we talked about what we were there for.  He then showed us about 5 or 6 properties.  The first one was 35 ACRES!  What?  We were thinking 5 acres, maybe 10 would be HUGE... 35 ACRES... that was CRAZY!  (But ok Lord... You have plans that we don't understand.)  

And that land was pretty awesome.  

We were all looking around and seeing the potential, and I felt it.  The tears started.  Rebecca felt it too.  Of course Lance was trying to keep his cool and not get too excited (always the negotiator) but we prayed over that land right then and there, with the guy!  

We left and saw the other properties and they were nice too.  And... we were just there to LOOK.  Right?

Nope...

Lance was in the front seat with Drew as we were done for the day and heading back to his office.  Lance was talking to him about the area, business in the area (because He is starting a new business soon) and then Lance says: "So Laura, do you want to put an offer on that land?"

What!!??!! Ok... YES!  

And then tears again, and more tears from Rebecca... and then tears from Isabella (but unfortunately for the wrong reason... she didn't want to move.  but more on that at a later time)

So we went home that following Sunday IN escrow on LAND in COLORADO.

There is much about that that can be said.  But I would call it a MIRACLE.

The mountains certainly spoke that weekend and I think of this verse in Psalm 121:

Psalm 121: 1-2 says: "I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth."

But I would also say that it started by listening to that "Still, small voice."  That it's more about the Lord looking to and fro for those who He can use.  That when you open yourself up to the PURPOSES of the Lord God who made you, He starts shifting things around.  Making things happen in HIS timing and in HIS ways.

That's not the end of the story though.  It's just the beginning...

And I'm going to be completely open with you.  It WILL take a MIRACLE to make this happen.

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I've shared a little about this move on social media and here on my blog.  We've shared this with our family and close friends.  But I'm going to tell you now... It will ONLY be God if this vision that He has given us comes to fruition.  You see, we don't have what it's going to take to make this whole thing happen.  35 acres of land, a house, a "gathering place," a vision for serving and loving others... It's all beyond our abilities.  But that is EXACTLY where God gets all the glory!  There are so many little things that we have needed to have answered in this process, doors to be opened, money to be available, (remember my husband isn't working...not so good for lenders looking to loan you money...)  and each time through this process we have had each one answered in the affirmative.  It's been amazing to see God working and we are trusting Him through all of this.  It's not an easy, stress free process as I'm sure you know.  But giving it to the Lord and trusting that He will shut or open the doors is where we need to be.  I'm so thankful to friends and family for praying with us, helping us with so many questions we have, and just listening to us talk it through.  Our church "framalies" our "Bellagio Girls" and so many more have been pray partners with us and we can't thank you enough!!

As we are going through this journey I have been reading "Chase the Lion" by Mark Batterson and there are so many things that speak straight to my heart.  It's really the perfect book at the perfect time.  Here's a few snippets from the book I have to share:

"God's dream for your life is so much bigger, so much better than breaking even.  If you focus on not making mistakes, you won't make a difference."

"When we lack the guts to go after five-hundred pound lions, we rob God of the glory He deserves.  By definition, a God-sized dream will be beyond your ability, beyond your resources.  Unless God does it, it can't be done!  And that is precisely how God gets the glory.  He does things that we can't do so we can't take the credit for them.  God honors big dreams because big dreams honor God."

"God is in the business of miracles and He also is wanting us to have FAITH in Him."

 

So we are going out in faith...

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And we should know by next week some time if this land is ours.  (or I should say God's)

If the Lord blesses us with this land, then we will take the next steps, in His perfect timing.

And I will share those steps with you as well.

Because it's also for YOU.  This "Gathering Place" isn't just for us.  

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Hebrews 10:23-25 "Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together(gathering together), as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near."

Thank you for taking the time to read this LONG post.  You certainly don't have to and there is certainly so much more entertaining media out there then my blog!  But if you are here, I know the Lord is speaking to you and showing YOU that He has a PURPOSE for you.  He WANTS you to ask Him what that looks like... and He wants you to not be afraid to TRUST Him with your life.  

Go out in FAITH...

Hugs,

Laura

Next time I will share my week in France and Italy with you!  It was an incredible week teaching in France and working on some new things for our retreats in Italy.  So much fun stuff ahead!  Here's a photo I'll leave you with that was at the most beautiful villa on Lake Como:

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Love, Tuesday...

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Love, Tuesday...

There is such a LONG post coming soon, I promise, but I just don't have time to catch my breath long enough to sit and blog.

Last week was our 28th wedding anniversary and Lance took me back to our honeymoon place... well multiple places.   We honeymooned in New England and had planned our honeymoon to coincide with the Fall Foliage.  So we went back to Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts last week and we had SUCH a great time!  

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We had SO much fun and what a beautiful time to visit New England!  I highly recommend a visit to this part of our country if you can.

Then today was the day we had been waiting for for a while... to see if Lance had thyroid cancer.  Praise God he does NOT and we are overwhelmed with joy and love from all of you that have prayed for him and have been with us through this scary journey!  We know so many of you know how scary it is to find a lump or lumps and go through this process and we are so humbled by all the love and support we have had.  He does have Hashimoto's disease which he will need to take care of, but we are so thankful it was not anything worse.  

And now tomorrow... yes, life is a bit crazy right now... Rebecca and I get on a plane for France and Italy!  We have an opportunity to share the love of Jesus with a group of about 25-30 ladies in France on Thursday and we are so excited to see where the Lord is leading us.  It is scary to say "I am willing"  to the Lord, but when you DO, He sends you.  He opens doors you would never have imagined and He shows up.  I know He is calling us and even though things are a bit scary in the world these days, we know He will be with us and provide peace and protection.  When we are done in France we will head to Italy to do some work and see some new places for future retreats!  So stay tuned for some SNEAK PEEKS on social media!

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And,

if that is not all that is going on in our lives...

Last post I hinted at a trip we were about to take to Colorado to see if the Lord was directing us there for a reason.

Well, by the end of the month we might actually be land owners in COLORADO!

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We are in escrow on some land with the potential to build on it in the future.  We are not sure exactly the when, what or how... but are positive the Lord is directing it ALL.  I promise when I find the time I will sit down and share the whole story.  It's an incredible one that is still unfolding and I know it is all for His glory.  This is not for us to have land and build our "dream home" on and live happily ever after...  This is a vision the Lord has given to me over the past couple months and I have a husband that can see that vision, supports it and wants to be about the Lords business...  so we are in prayer about all of it. 

My favorite verse keeps coming up and it's one I am clinging to daily:

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We don't always understand what is going on in our lives.  If you would have told me 3 months ago that we would possibly be moving out of California and building on land that has cows and deer and bears and SNAKES.... I would have told you that you were CRAZY!  But it's not our place to always understand what God is doing or calling us to.  Our job is to TRUST the Lord and ACKNOWLEDGE Him.  That He is the author of our lives.  That He has SO much He wants to do in and through us... if we only allow Him to.  Honestly, until we let Him truly, truly direct our paths we  aren't living our lives completely.  But when we say "YES, Lord... I am willing," that is when the going gets GOOD.  Oh it's scary... like I mentioned before.  We don't like the unknown, right?  (Rebecca and I don't even like to fly or speak in public... so what is going on?  lol)  We like our safe neighborhood with fences all around and our sunny California weather with our pretty backyard.   But I can see more and more that the Lord doesn't call us to a "safe" life.  He calls us out.  He wants us to Go.  And that is when He shines through us and It. Is. Good.

Because He is GOOD.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Hugs to all,

Laura

 

 

 

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