Whirlwind is the best word to describe these last 3-4 weeks. Never in our lives have we been more sure about where God was leading, but also overwhelmed by the enormity of the life change. In His kindness, He always provides the grace needed to walk out whatever He’s called us too.
About 4 weeks ago, Amy and I were feeling a stirring in our heart to explore relocation to Jackson, WY. After our 2018 trip, we fell in love with this area and put it on the “bucket list” for one day settling down, but to be honest, never thought it would be a reality. In May of this year when we got back to the area, we began to attend a new church plant from FreshLife.Church and were quickly impacted by the sense of community. It felt like the church was here for us, but also that we were here for the church. It was strange because we were moving on in 6 weeks to Montana to continue our Full-time RV living adventure. But, the feeling was something we just couldn’t shake. As we began to process what we were sensing and feeling, we tried to determine how a move to a place like this would even be a possibility. The truth is, it wasn’t possible. The “barriers to entry” in this area are extremely high. Nothing we could do could force this into a new reality.
As many of you know, Amy & I have the perfect marriage. It has always been rainbows and alive with the light of a million fairies. YEAH RIGHT!
No, the truth is we’ve had a 14+ year marriage that has been all over the map. Figuratively and literally, haha. We have experienced many joys, but we have also experienced (and sometimes created) many heartbreaking, trust eroding, emotion shattering moments as well. In the midst of the highs and lows, we’ve known one thing to be true: God must be the center of our marriage. That sounds like a trite “Christianese” phrase but it is very true. If we don’t allow Him entrance into every part of us individually and as a couple, we will never walk in the freedom and calling He has for us. At least not to its fullest.
If you’re anything like me, God often uses music to communicate something I need to hear or need help putting words to in my own life. Today was one of those times. As I drove into work, I listened to this song for the first time: https://youtu.be/4oaRYLEIeis
I immediately downloaded it and began playing it on loop for the 45 minute drive. I’m not ashamed to tell you that tears filled my eyes as I listened to the lyrics so beautifully describe the desire of my heart, but so often not the actions/words I live out.
If you have a couple minutes, I encourage you to listen to this song. Really listen to the lyrics. I know it can help you recenter on Christ, like it did for me this morning.
To Lauren (Lauren Daigle):
Thank you for your sincerity in these lyrics and your heartfelt delivery of them!
There are a lot of things that play into you being a good Dad, but for this post I just wanted to focus on two of them…
1. Get Down On Your Knees
There is nothing more engaging to your kids, than to get down on your knees to interact with them. Whether you are hugging them, building something with them, giving horsey rides, etc. Getting down on the floor with your kids speaks volumes to them and helps them know that they are important to you. Continue reading