Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hello, from PA!

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The journey was a long one, but we are here, settled, and exploring every chance we get!  I have 101 things to update you guys on, but I'll take it one post at a time.  So much has happened in the last couple of weeks!

God has been moving in working in our lives in ways that simply bring me to my knees in awe and thanksgiving.  The love and provision He has poured out on us in this time is incredible.  From the biggest of needs, to the smallest - they've been met.  To HIM Who is able to do abundantly and exceedingly more than we could ever ask or imagine.  I could not survive this life without Him!

Our last day of church in Tulsa, two days before we moved, we sang Everlasting God.  I wasn't real familiar with the song before we sang it, but it has been on my lips and in my heart ever since.  There hasn't been a day go by since moving that I haven't sang it out in praise.  I've claimed it as my song for the year and I can't sing it without crying ... every single time.

When we were standing in church singing, Levi was standing in front of me and I had my hands on his little shoulders.

"Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord."

The week had been exhausting.  We'd been packing and moving and getting our house sparkly clean every second of the previous days and we were physically and emotionally exhausted.

"You are the everlasting God, the everlasting God, You do not faint, You won't grow weary."

We continued to sing, and I felt Levi's little shoulders start shaking.  I looked down at him and he looked up at me and cried, "I don't want to leave my church".

"You're the defender of the weak, You comfort those in need," we continued to sing.

I sat on the pew and hugged my little son, comforting him as best as I could - knowing God was holding him even tighter.  And holding me, too.

"You lift us up on the wings like eagles.
Our God, You reign forever.
Our hope, our strong deliverer."

How great the promises of our God.  As I sat there emotionally drained on every level, I wanted to cry and say "I give up.  I don't want to do it either.  Just let us stay.  Don't make my kids leave everything and everyone they've ever known.  We love it here.  Just let us stay."  And God whispered to me - trust Me. I will lift you up, give you comfort, deliver you.  Trust Me.  These words, this song ... it's for YOU.

Peace overwhelmed my body.

I could feel my faith increase at that very moment.

Peace.

...

The next day, the day before we pulled out of the drive and headed North, our realtor called.  Our house SOLD.

"Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord."

Two days later when we arrived to our townhouse, the very thing I had worried myself sick about before getting here was sovereignly gone before and taken care of.

"You lift us up on the wings like eagles."

My faith has grown leaps and bounds as God continues to show Himself faithful to my family and me. I can not even describe how incredible His ways are, how He proves it time and again, and I can't wait to tell of His goodness as He holds us and keeps us throughout this year.

Isaiah 40:31









9 comments:

  1. God is going to do marvelous things in your life this year! You will look back one day and say "That's why you sent us to Erie!" I love you Whitney!

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  2. Welcome to Erie! There are some wonderful Christ-centered churches here that will feed and encourage you during your time here, and I'm sure God will point you in the right direction. If you need some advice on grocery stores, children or adult activities, or whatever, I'd be glad to correspond and try to help. You'll see - your time in Erie will go quickly, and you will be glad for your time here. Have a great time.

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  3. Your post really spoke to me. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I love that song and I am so glad God is moving mountains for you guys right now! His love is amazing and I loved your post, thank you for sharing. I can't wait to read more about your adventures in PA!

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  5. I am so glad you are getting settled in PA....I've been wondering about you......and what a story you are teaching your boys....about the big world, about chasing your dreams, about even though you may be separated from loved ones, you still love each other.....there is much for each of you to learn on this adventure......I'm sure it is going to be a big, wonderful year!!!!

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  6. Thanks for the update! We are entering a big transition this summer too... Totally different from yours as we are finally moving back to our hometown after 9 years away.... But still a big deal and major change for us and we have been in AWE of God's faithfulness as we prepare for this move. Looking forward to reading more about your new adventure

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  7. That's one of my favorite songs. It (along with a few other songs) helped me through my miscarriage and the wait to be pregnant again. Two babies later, I still get teary-eyed when I hear it.

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  8. Praying for you and your sweet family, trusting The Lord is carrying you every step along the way. Much love from Oklahoma!

    "You call me out upon the waters
    The great unknown, where feet may fail. And there I find You in the mystery in oceans deep, my faith will stand..." Oceans by Hillsong United

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  9. I love that song! It was the perfect song to get you through such a hard time. God knew just what you needed!

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May the Lord bless you and keep you safe today! Thanks for the comment, friends! :)

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