The Lord is doing some very exciting things in my life right now! I have been very unhappy at my job for a long time now but He has given me peace in that I have had a strong feeling that something else is around the corner; I just need to be patient. Things have kind of come to a head lately with me getting daily migraines and I was starting to think that they were related to the stress I have been under with my job. I felt a strong urge to take some time off of work to take a break and see if the migraines would go away so I have been off from work the past 10 days. I thought going into this week that it would be a week of leisure to just hang out at home, do some small projects and just de-stress. I have come to find out that the Lord had a completely different agenda for these days off. I believe that I have finally received the guidance that I have been praying about for the past year.
Two years ago my husband and I took a trip to Arizona to visit my family there and see the sights. I remember thinking at that time that I wouldn’t mind moving back (I was born there and we moved away when I was two). To my surprise, my husband actually said that he wouldn’t mind moving there some day. In the weeks and months that followed our trip, we talked casually about the possibility of relocating there. My mom had said that she wouldn’t mind moving back when she retired but this would be several years down the road at that time; we thought that maybe we would go at that same time. A few months ago, I was searching for a new job locally and thought by chance I would check to see if there was anything of interest in AZ. I came across a job working for the same agency I work for now but it would be a promotion to the position I currently hold. I by chance mentioned it to my husband and he thought I should apply for it. We talked about the possibility of moving at that time and starting thinking about what all a move like that would entail. I ultimately decided not to apply for it because I was not ready to leave my mom behind for 4 years. Since that time, I have felt compelled to occasionally check job listings in AZ although I didn’t think I could really go through with moving. Meanwhile, my stress level has been building at work and a little over a month ago now I started with the daily migraines. At the beginning of this 10 day stretch off from work, something pretty cool happened. My mom and I had a nice talk after I mentioned feeling like maybe I was being led to move to AZ now as opposed to waiting when she was able to retire. She gave me confirmation that she would be okay with things if I left and reminded me that I need to take her out of the equation and live MY life. I feel that the Lord has been preparing her for this as much as He has been preparing me. After this talk with my mom and a lot more prayer, my husband and I made the decision to move to AZ as soon as we can find jobs. Since we made this decision, I have felt at peace with the whole situation. I know from past experience that where there is peace – there is the Lord!! This week of leisure quickly turned into a week of work to not only update my resume and start job searching, but also to go through my house and prepare for a large garage sale in preparation of moving. Of course, there are a lot more details to this chain of events, but this gives you the idea. Our God is so awesome!! It is very apparent that what I am just discovering has been in the works for a long time. He has not only been preparing me for this move, but has also been preparing my entire family. I would have expected my husband, born and raised in ND, loving the hunting and fishing here and having very little experience with travel outside of ND to not be open to the possibility of moving away after only a 10 day vacation – but he was! I would have expected myself to never have a change in heart about being able to leave my mom behind, but I have! I completely expected my daughter to freak out about even the possibility of having to leave her best friend, but she didn’t! When the Lord is involved, all the pieces come together exactly how they are meant to. This is just another example of how He has worked in my life – thank you Lord for being faithful and never letting me down! Thank you Lord for the peace in every situation that only You can bring! Thank you Lord for shining your everlasting light on my path!