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Get Out of the Boat!


Recently, I was asked by our MOPS leader what is your life phrase for the New Year. I didn’t have to think about mine. For a while now, God has placed the same Bible story in front of me. Don’t you love it when the same passage comes up over and over? Maybe God doesn’t need to do that to you, but my Creator knows about my hard head and ADD.

The story is of Peter seeing Jesus walking on the water and asking to join Him. When Jesus grants permission, for a moment Peter feels what it’s like to walk on water. My phrase for the year of 2017 is “Get out of the boat.” God’s calling me to step out of my comfort zone.

 

Jay and I decided this summer we will move to the farm. It will definitely be a lifestyle change. You see, the farm has been a reprieve for us as a family, a get-away place to enjoy with Jay’s brother Shaun and his family, but soon it will become a new lifestyle.

This decision has come about after much prayer, contemplation, and confirmation. Last week, while cleaning the kitchen, I asked God to give me another sign that this is what He truly wanted. Earlier that morning, I signed up on a ministry’s website called Embrace Grace, and an hour later they sent me an email with a bloom word. My bloom word was “Adventure.” The email stated they had prayed over me and felt God had a word of encouragement for me today.  The attached verse was Judges 18:6 ESV, “And the priest said to them, ‘Go in peace. The journey on which you go is under the eye of the Lord.”

Under the word Adventure it went on to say…

“New adventures with the Lord are often exciting and filled with a lot of unknown.

Your sense of calling is like an unfolding, epic adventure! Be encouraged that as an uncharted path is before you, God is with you. When we seek His wise counsel and draw close to Him, it is His voice that leads us. A journey that is directed by Him comes with His protection, oversight, and blessings. Pack your bags with only the items that He wants you to take. Leave your worries and past behind and step into your new adventure with courage knowing your heavenly Father is right beside you! Let the new adventure begin!” (Embrace Grace Bloom Word)

 

To top it off, it came with a print button, so you could print off your sign and hang it on the wall. God has a sense of humor. He sent me a literal sign an hour after I prayed for it. Although there are still lingering doubts, we’ve decided to jump off the gangplank and see what happens.

Life on the farm is in extreme opposition from the life in Orlando. For one, I will have to cook dinner every night. Although, I do it a few nights a week, cooking is not one of my creative talents. Can I get an “Amen” for Uber Eats?  There is no Uber Eats at the farm.…sigh. The nearest decent grocery store is a thirty-minute drive down dirt roads, across a one lane bridge, and into another city. We are in the sticks people!

For another inconvenience, my driving son will be in college, and I will have to drive my boys until November when my second born is able to get his license. In Orlando, if all the drivers are unavailable to pick up from Lacrosse practice or a theme park, we Uber our boys home. It’s as easy as entering an address into your cell phone. There’s no Uber at the farm…ugh!

In O Town, we have entertainment and fine dining around every corner. I am convinced, we are some of the most entertained and well-fed people in the USA. At the farm, there are ATV’s, animals, slow internet, and satellite television which goes out during a storm. In fact, if you goggle the area and ask for happening local events, you get a barbecue restaurant by the tracks and that’s a fifteen-minute drive…snore.

There is one sacrifice I am cringing about…my freedom. Here, I have sitters for Bella whom I trust, so I can go to the Barnes and Nobles down the street and put in a full writing day. The cafe is my office away from home. There are no babysitters or bookstores near the farm…boo hoo!

 

Although, my life will not have the comforts and luxuries of this one, I feel this life will help us grow. It is good to step out of your comfort zone on occasion. In the following weeks, I will write about the pros and cons of this change, my fears, and the steps we are taking with the boys for a smooth transition. Eventually, The Writer’s Roost will become the story of a spoiled Orlando Momma who moves deep into the sticks and what that life looks like. You will follow me as I start over, learning my way in a new town and meeting new people, and as always when I’m at the farm, God will provide the inspiration. This Momma will bravely step off her perfectly manicured lawn, and onto the sea of manure. So slip on your muck boots and come along! Watch out for that runaway bull!

If you’ve ever felt the need for a change, or if you’ve experienced a lifestyle switch-a-roo such as this, please share in the comments below. I’d love to hear about it.

Author:

I am a Christian wife and mother of four children. I love writing, painting, and turning a house into a home. I live full time in Orlando, Florida, but write and paint at my farmhouse buried in the south. Welcome to the Roost.

2 thoughts on “Get Out of the Boat!

  1. Love reading your blog! Adventure is scary – change too. At my age, it’s even scarier it seems. Life is short but yet comfortable in the boat I’m in. I’ve been asking God for signs too to see if a big change in my life is needed. Not in attitude (although that certainly needs adjusting at times) – not in relocating (although at times I think even my 1600 sq foot house is too big) – not in accepting the journey we’ve endured since our son’s accident over seven years ago (although there are days I question why can’t I have my old normal back) – but a change in doing what I do as a vocation. I have to be the bread winner because of sicknesses my husband has faced and unemployment that seems to haunt our son and I’m ok with it except I feel I fall so short in that new role. Maybe there’s another job for me out that. Running my own business is tough – too often at times – it comes with regulations from this group or that – it comes with needing new equipment and little money – every day there is a challenge – so every day I pray. Lord, what do you want me to do to make things better for all of us? One day I seem to get a clear calling that tells me to stay – the next day I seem to get a sign that signs go. I continue to cry out and ask for that neon sign – the one that blinks and you know the answer – but it doesn’t come. So I continue to pray. Maybe that’s what He means when He says pray without ceasing. Hearing about your adventure – your signs – the cries of your heart – affirms what I already know in mine – God is in control. He will continue to show us the way. Maybe the neon signs won’t blink but there will be something some day that will affirm His will for our lives. So, go sweet sister of Tricia, go to the farm with His blessing knowing He’s got you covered. It may be the very sweetness in your life you need right now. Doesn’t mean the going is easy – doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with questions and no answers – but it does mean you are following His will for your life. Can’t wait to read more about it. Thanks for always sharing your life.

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    1. Thank you so much Faye, for sharing your story. I wish more readers would. I love to hear about other’s struggles. Sometimes, it inspires a blog post or two. Stand firm in your faith, and He will light the way. Often times, it’s not in a sign, but in the quiet. I will be writing about this further as I’ve planned out my blogs month by month and left holes for God to fill, but I do believe one of the most important things we can learn is how to hear. Thank you for reading! I’m always surprised…shocked actually…when someone says they read. I’ll probably never get over that.

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