It’s been a couple weeks since I said goodbye to my home. I admit I have been feeling very emotional. A friend recently pointed out to me that I am grieving what was, making room for what God has next. That I need to give myself time to “sit into” my feelings, so that’s what I have been doing; this has led to a lot of reflection.
I knew my life was blessed in so many ways and that we have a great Father who provides for all our needs. God has been showing me how he surrounded me with a loving group of believers. As I was preparing to move, I had ideas of where I could go next but was not emotionally ready to decide. I just couldn’t do it, so I let it go to God. Around that time three of the ladies from my small group offered me a place to stay. I felt so loved and wished I could stay with them all. I had to pray and again look to God for direction. He showed me where I was meant to be.
God led me to the home of Erin Hente and her 2 youngest children, Lila and Austin. You see God had planted Erin and I into the same small group, then had us both attend last Falls women’s bible retreat where we got to know each other on a deeper level. I am so thankful for the acceptance I am feeling with her family. I have a comfortable space that I can both work and live. A place to be with God and to find my footing for what He has for me next.
I enjoy hearing the footsteps of the kids and the presence of them “being a family.” Austin is 10 and into his games and tree house. Lila is soon to be 13, staying connected to friends through technology and making friendship bracelets with plans of raising money to donate somewhere (if you want a bracelet, I can hook you up!). Erin is loving on her children, and getting her own ministry going in the widow community. Yes, God knows every part of me, placing me with a family and a strong female to lean on and learn from. God truly knows exactly what we need, and when we will need it!
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.