God started something.
I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ
You and Me Forever
Tyson and I were participating in a Bible Study with our small group called You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan. The week we started the book, an old friend died of cancer and the week we ended the book, an old friend died in an accident - both young mothers in their early 30s. This book happened to be about eternity and not only helped me guide my thoughts, questions and heartache, but also challenged us with the question, “How can we use what we have for the kingdom of God?”
We started dreaming up the idea of farming and how we could use it to show others the love of God.
The year started off with me landing a new job closer to home. Something Tyson had joked about happening in order to go after the homestead dream popped up in our life as a reality. I loved the job and the people I left behind. I prayed God would bring clarity to where I was supposed to go and He brought the peace I needed to take on this new opportunity. The organization I left had a policy that relatives could not work together and one month after I left, they posted a position that Tyson would have considered in his top 3 career goals to land. He was offered that position. The timing was too good to be true. But it gets even better.
After browsing the real estate market for a year, a property was listed but it was over our price range. We counter-offered 18 times. We settled on an agreement knowing we would get more for our current home with the hot market, but it was still more than the number we had in our head. The appraisal of our new home came in less than the purchase agreement and the bank sold us the house for the exact amount we were persistent in countering with.
The first year of living here at Wildroot Cove, I was almost stressed that I wasn’t using what we had the way God intended. I wanted to be obedient and felt as though if I missed it, He might take it all away. Fear. I was reading Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer and she explains that it is God’s responsibility to make sure you hear. We should of course always be listening but it if we miss it, He will send someone, He will make the right words pop off the pages in your Bible, He will speak to you through a sermon… and then once you hear, it’s your responsibility to be obedient. That reassured me and I no longer doubted if I was missing the whole point.