We Have a New Address
Josh and I received an email two weeks ago, and the reality of it hit me like a ton of bricks. In the midst of that email was our new address. I’ve never been more excited in my entire life! Don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly aware that this move will be extremely challenging. I already rarely see my family, and I’m sure that family visits will become more rare with a five hour distance between us. We have four kids, two of which will be turning two a week after we move. We have become part of a precious church family at The Refuge that we will miss dearly. Josh will be taking a bit of a pay cut, plus going to school more hours per week. We will become a part of a new community, and I am the world’s worst at making new friends.
So, why would we make such a crazy move? That’s easy. We are head over heels crazy in love with God! We have been blessed beyond measure. We have been delivered from near-death experiences and addictions. We have been carried back to the flock after straying off path for what we thought was greener grass. The truth is, we’d be crazy not to.
In case you’re not aware of why we are moving in the first place, Josh has been taking seminary classes at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary extension center here in Shreveport. He has only been able to take two classes per semester, and he is in his third semester. So, basically, he’s earned one semester’s worth of credits thus far. This is the foundational reason for our imminent move to New Orleans, but once we started seeking this path, we realized that getting an education in a timely matter was not the only benefit to moving. I could list them all, but the most important detail is that our family will be completely immersed in ministry. We will be living on campus surrounded by other families who are heeding God’s call–just like us! Our kids will have friends who are living a similar lifestyle. This community will be great for our little family, and we couldn’t be more excited and grateful to God for this opportunity to grow closer to Him.
To those who are hurt by our moving away, trust me, we are struggling, too. But, the fruit that God can bear through us in our obedience will be worth every mile marker set between us and any obstacles we face. When we are in the middle of God’s Will, only good things can happen. Only good things can come from this. We will take whatever God has planned for us until we reach our eternal address in Heaven.
Joshua 24:15 NASB “If it is disagreeable in your site to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your father served which were beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
James 1:2 NIV “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,”
2 Corinthians 5:1 HCSB “For we know that if our temporary, earthly dwelling is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal dwelling in the heavens, not made with hands.”