Four years ago today, I packed everything I could fit into my new jeep and headed to Arizona. My new home. It was a road trip full of both excitement and fear.
Before I left in 2014, I wrote a blog post about this week and I wanted to share it with you. And every day down in Phoenix, I am reminded of God's goodness and faithfulness to provide where He leads His children.
Instead of striving for a predictable, safe lifestyles,
seek to know Me in greater depth and breadth
I long to make your life a glorious adventure,
I am always doing something new within My beloved ones
Be on the lookout for all that I have prepared for you
- Jesus Calling
(Originally posted July 7th, 2014)
I started this blog July 2012, after about 6 months of thinking about it
I knew the Lord was starting a great story for my life
I knew great adventure was on its way
I wanted to make sure I documented what The Lord was doing in my life
I wanted to make sure I was "Enjoying the Journey"
I didn't move anywhere or go on a vacation, but I had quite the adventure
The past three years The Lord opened a whole new way of viewing life
I saw life through the lens of the Word and not the world
I started dreaming about a life I never imagined before
I finally realized that our life is a platform to glorify Him
Impact others for His Glory- build His kingdom
Most the time I didn't know what I was doing or getting myself into
The Lord showed His Grace anyway
The Lord blessed me anyway
It is now July 2014, two years since I started blogging
The Lord has turned my life upside down
However, better than I ever imagined
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more
than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,"
Throughout the past couple years I knew He was preparing me for a change
I knew I was going somewhere, I just didn't know where
This year, however, brought the most change
First, the Lord asked me to leave my comfortable job at Seattle Pacific after six years
Are you sure Lord? Ok, I will
Then He reminded me that I am going to Ethiopia in June
Africa? Are you sure? Ok, I would love too.
Jessie, I want you to move to Phoenix
You mean the city that is hot ALL THE TIME?
A city I have NEVER been too?
The city that doesn't have the seasons fall or winter?
The same Arizona Cardinals in same conference as Seattle Seahawks?
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understandings,
but in ALL ways acknowledge Him
and He will set your paths straight."
OK, Lord, I will move to Phoenix, Arizona.
The Lord has made it very clear that this is my next move
The next place along my journey in my life
I don't know exactly what I'm doing when I get there but I am ok with that
Since I made the decision He has already opened doors
He has placed a great excitement and peace within me
I believe He has been preparing my heart for this move for awhile
My life is not going as I planned but exactly how it is supposed too
I know that God has turned my world upside down
I know He has called me out of my place of comfort and into the unknown
I know God is directing me on a new path
I will miss my family
I will miss my two adorable, amazing nephews
I will miss the Seattle rain and especially the fall season
I will miss my boots, big sweaters and scarves
I will miss the comfort of having family within a drive distance
I will miss knowing my way around a city
I will miss my comfort
Walking in God's Will brings joy & peace
Walking in God's Will brings bigger blessings & beauty
Walking in God's Will is a great adventure worth taking
I moved to Arizona four years ago because the fear of staying in my comfort zone was greater than the fear of the unknown. Unknown to me but known to Him.
As we head into the second half of 2018, I pray that you experience the extravagant faithfulness of God and the abundant goodness He has in store for you!