Wednesday, April 15, 2009

An Announcement

Three years ago was hard. Three years ago I cried, I stressed, I worried, I feared, I tried to control, I tried to give up. It. Was. Hard. We were told we wouldn't be leaving Denver. And then we were handed orders that said, "You're leaving Denver." We didn't want to move to Vandenberg. But that's also what the orders said, "You're moving to Vandenberg." (Okay. It was all in military lingo. But you get the idea.)

We prayed. We almost got out of the Air Force and stayed in Denver. Except for the fact that... we prayed. God was very clear. He wanted us to move. "What??? But, why??? Things are good right heeeerrrrrreeee." Reluctantly knowing God's plans are the best ones to follow, we moved. And it was hard. And our house didn't sell. And that sent our finances into a negative state. And our new house was a wreck. And thing after thing after thing. But we knew we were supposed to go.

Funny thing. God follows through. Wouldn't ya know it?

Santa Maria has been wonderful. We have one of the most amazing church families ever. EVer. EV. ER. Yes, it was difficult getting settled. Yes, there were many obstacles to overcome. But God blessed our family incredibly more than we could have ever hoped for, had ever dreamed of.

That move was hard. But it taught us to hold everything with an open hand. Not just possessions, but our friends, where we live, schools, jobs, church... everything.

"When you are holding everything with your hand open, then God is free to exchange His better for your good without so much pain in the transition." ~Angela Thomas, A Beautiful Offering

There was much "pain in the transition" with our last move.

So, THIS time I know it will be different. It will still be emotional and sad and hard, but it won't be as painful. It won't be excruciating, because we've been learning to hold the things of this earth loosely. We've learned (and are still learning) to let God take what we think is good and give us something He knows is better for us.

When we first moved here they said it would be three years. Then they said four. Then they said two. Then they said four. Then they said three, but they would just move Nate to another job on base, so we'd actually be here for something like seven years. We've had NO idea what was going on! And with what happened last time, didn't know what to believe or what to put stock in.

Then the news came down that...

this July our family will be moving from Santa Maria, California, to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

And, let me tell you from experience, it's a LOT easier to run along the path of God's plan with joy than to trudge down it with sorrow, kicking and whining in fear.

I will move in JOY!!! Joy and expectation. And I will shed tears, and I will allow myself to mourn what we are "losing." But I will also be excited for everything God has for us out in Colorado Springs. I will know that our life is not about storing up treasures here on this earth, but about storing them up in Heaven. And this move is a part of that! I will rest in the fact that MY GOD is in the details. MY GOD knows my family's every step and has fastened us securely in His plans. He has intricately woven blessings, both big and small, throughout our steps. Blessings for us as we move in what He has for us, and blessings for others as we move in what He has for us. Because it works both ways.

He has prepared us for this. (An awesome story I'll share on here someday soon.) And we will move in JOY!

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." ~Matthew 6:19-21

I want my life to be directed by the treasure I want to store up, and I want to store up treasure that is not of this earth. This earth will perish. One day this world we know will be no more. We live in the in-between place, and keeping a right perspective can be difficult at times. But if our hearts are directed by the kind of treasure we want to store up, then we learn to hold the things of this world with an open hand. We learn to bless and be blessed.

"If you feel things slipping away, if you seem to have lost control, or if you instinctively want to grab hold of everything and pull it in tight, then maybe God is asking you to let go. Open your hands and let Him move His treasure in and out of your life. The blessing is that He always puts more into your open hands than you could have ever imagined there was room for." ~Angela Thomas, A Beautiful Offering

We learn to move in joy.
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The Adventure said...

Angela,

We look forward to seeing you there. Do you know what Job Nate will be doing? Justin will be getting there in Early July and the kids and I will be there Mid-July. Do you know if you are going to buy a house? We look forward to seeing you soon. Here is my phone # (719)235-0779
Vonnie

Lady Esther said...

Wow! I know I have a hard time in this department. I can honestly say I need to grow in this area of letting go. What an opportunity for you all to grow as you go. I want to grasp things in my little hands and say, "My precious!!!" but that is idolatry. Father forgive me!
Things never work out the way I think they will. God bless you Angela and your family. You are so strong and that really inspires me.

Gourmet to Gerber said...

What a wonderful way to view this time. I loved your perspective and what you had to say....it is likely something I will keep in mind over time.

Ann Ordway

Anna said...

I saw your link on FB and really appreciated this post. I'm inspired by your decision to choose joy and obedience. I need to follow in your footsteps. God is good.

Anna
(Ol' George Fox pal)

Lalena said...

I'm so glad God had our life journeys intersect. I love you my friend.

Kelleigh said...

My heart is aching for you right now, but I TOO will feel JOY for you and your family. I'm excited to see what God has in store for you in Colorado Springs!

MomOfDudes said...

I thought for sure your orders would move you to San Diego!

Blessings on your move pal

Love ya
Troysie

MooBee Mama said...

Great summation of how we all should live! You will always be my "sunny" friend...no matter where you live!

Nicole said...

First, you are an amazing woman, and I admire you. I admire your faith, your strength and your courage.

Second, selfishly, I'm glad you'll be back in the area. Maybe not in Denver, but at least in the state. It will allow me to get to hear you sing live (which I love), and envy your goodwill purchases in person.

I will pray for an easy move, and a smooth transition into life in the Springs.

Amber Joy said...

oh, now I'm even more jealous since I see that you'll get to be near the Mulkeys. I'll cry, I am crying. but you will go in Joy!

Maryellen said...

Angela,

Great post! It will be great to have you back in Colorado. It won't cost so much to be able to get you to sing at Crossroads. I love the music you feature on this blog. Great stuff. Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog.

See you soon,

Maryellen

Sarah said...

Angela and Family-

We too are excited to what God has in store for us in Colorado Springs. The kids and I will be in Castle Rock starting May 25 and Mike will follow in July. We plan on buying a home but will do so hopefully by July. I know our paths will meet again there and look forward to hearing your adventures. Call me 805-757-0178(cell) I have gym info and such if you want.

Sarah Morton