I’ve never been good with change. I was torn up the night I got my ears pierced at 13 realizing that I could never go back to not having holes in my ears. I cried when my oldest sister headed off to college. I felt such a loss moving out of the first apartment we had shared together as a married couple. I knew better things were in store, but change always feels strange.
But the older I get, the more I realize that life will never stay the same. God is always moving and doing a new thing. Life is not a journey of constant predictability. No, the walk of faith is one of trust as we walk the winding path on which God leads. Where the path leads us is not always clear, but walking by faith has always been that way.
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” – Hebrews 11:8
This past year has been one of change for my husband and I. After 6.5 years of serving at our church’s youth ministry (almost our entire marriage) we felt God's strong urging to start taking steps in a new direction; one we’ve been considering and praying about for some time. So we are jumping. Jumping into the unknown, excited to feel God’s strong leading, yet uncertain what this new direction holds for us. Our lives have changed. I feel like we’ve gone back to school. Our nights are filled with research, writing and lots of brainstorming. We’ve been seeing God move in big ways and are learning what it means to run with perseverance and when the time is right, Justin and I cannot wait to share our new endeavor with you.
So, while homeschooling our son and addressing some health concerns with our foster daughter were initially the reasons I took a break from writing at HHH last Fall. This new move in our life has led me to officially step back from being a regular writer. Writing for HolyHenHouse has been a pure joy. I’ve loved working with my dear Christian friends at HHH. But I've also found such joy in getting to know you and hearing about the ways God has been encouraging and challenging you in your own walk with Christ. Seeing your faith, hearing your encouragement and joining in fellowship with my fellow Hens has been such a privilege. I love to tell my son, “We are on the same team!” I can’t help but feel the same with all of you!
Each one of us is walking this life of faith and one of God’s blessings is that we have the encouragement and support of one another. Where is God leading you? Where are you being challenged to go? What part of your life is being called out of uncomfortable and safe? I don't know where God is leading you because each of our callings are as unique and particular as each of us. However, I do know that God does have a direction for your life, a calling that will focus on using the powerful message of the gospel to shine the light of Jesus into every corner of this world.
We may not all be running the exact same course, but our destination and reward are all the same.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14
I find the most joy when I’m hopelessly in love with my Savior and desperate for his strength and guidance each day. I’ve been given only a short span here on earth and I’m not going to waste my time meandering along the path looking back on the places I wished I could stay. I’m running towards something better than I can even imagine and when I arrive I want to know that I have held nothing back. My prayer is that God will strengthen you through your time in his Word to do the same.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24
Sisters, let’s run together! Let’s encourage each other! Let’s be attentive to where the Holy Spirit is leading us and let’s run as if we are running, not just to make it to the end of this race, but to win the prize!