New York, New Home

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19

There comes a time in each of our lives when we are faced with transition. The moving from one place to another resulting in change. I have been in this place so many times in my life…well, I could count but the number is far too high. I moved around several times when I was a kid and a teenager. Yes, they were stressful, mostly because of the unknown. As a young adult I moved several times in an effort to maintain rent control…basic roof over your head stuff.

moving-truck-and-boxes-1200x800Then I joined the US Air Force. Need I say more? I came to Houston in March of 2001. I remember having many ambivalent feelings about coming here. We were a military family and having to live in the civilian world. We would not have all the benefits of living close to or on a Military installation.  That was a major adjustment.

We found a church home to attend in August 2001. We were there the Sunday before 9/11 and Jerry Falwell was preaching that particular Sunday and it was eerily a timely message. Little did I know then how God would move in my life, turning everything I knew at the time upside down and inside out.

Several years afterwards I would find myself a single mother again, only this time of 4 children, having to go back to work. I was a stay at home mom for 12 years and this was a ‘transition’ I was not ready for. I was devastated that I had to leave my kids each day to drive across Houston and spend 9 hours a day away from them. I believe I cried for 6 months straight, during the commute, because I had leave them. I imagined every disaster under the sun happening to them. God really had to build me up and strengthen my faith!! He did.

It would take a book to tell you all that happened from that day to this and maybe I will write it someday. But I can tell you every single event and every single transition has gone through the fingers of God! The devastation, the losses, the blessings, the miracles, the mind-blowing answers to 20-year prayers and the absolute unexpected twists and turns of the direction of my life have brought me to a faith in God that I would have never imagined having back then. (does that make you curious to read the book? LOL)

I and a few ladies from my church have just gone through an 8 week study called “Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. We had one woman accept the Lord as her Savior and several of the women resolve major issues in their lives. I am praising God for the opportunity to get to know each one of them and see the Lord work in each of their lives…for this to was an answer to prayer.

Tomorrow I begin a new study with these ladies + a few more. It is called “A Woman’s Heart God Dwelling Place” by Beth Moore. Though I have done this one before, I am excited to go through this study again for several reasons. One, when watching the introduction video Beth mentions having updated the study. She explains how she went back through the whole thing. She was worried at first about doing so but soon came to realize it was all new to her again.

Second, when I first arrived here in Texas the very first bible study I was doing on my own was this very study. I can not tell you all the ways it blessed me then other than it really cemented in my mind what our relationship with Jesus is supposed to look like. She shows you, through the Tabernacle, how God plans every single, intimate detail of His fellowship with us. (That is when we finally commit to having a relationship with Him) The study really helped me to see the intricate devotion He has when it comes to providing for us, comforting us, leading us and ultimately loving us. He used this to prepare my heart and mind for what lay ahead in the coming years.

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All this brings me to the reason for this post…I am heading into another transition in my life. My husband and I have been empty-nesters for a few months now. And recently we got news that we would have to relocate. So after 16 years in Houston, Texas I will be moving to Niagara Falls, New York. I will be leaving my wonderful job of 12 years. Leaving friends and family to head North East. I have never been there before. It is all going to be new. There is some sadness in leaving and saying goodbye. (more on this in an upcoming post)

I know God is in this too. He confirmed it for me just yesterday. Again, as I was watching the Introduction video to the bible study it occurred to me that I am doing the very same bible study I did in 2001 coming into Houston. So when she said it was all new to her, it thrilled me because if I know one thing its that His mercies are new every morning, His word is living and always speaks to you where ever you are in your life and as promised He is doing a new thing!!!

Going into this study expecting the new and exciting things God has to show me through this study is so very overwhelming.  But the anticipation of what new adventures, what new places to explore and what new place to serve Him is the answer to the prayer, “God move me!” Of course when I prayed that I meant ‘move my heart’ after months of feeling kind of stuck spiritually….not my home!!

But isn’t that just like God to take me literally? 🙂

Grace to you,
Shell