Friday, September 23, 2011

Series: The Birth of Something New (#4 Faith=Risk)

In June of this year, we felt the Lord clearly speak that the waiting season was over and He was calling us to make the move to Wheaton, IL. We had no job, no home, and no idea how it was practically going to come together...but we knew that God had been orchestrating this whole thing since the beginning and we were going to "go for it."

GO FOR IT.

That was what we felt like He said. Risk it. Have faith and move forward. Watch Him make a way.

I had always wanted something like this to be a part of my "testimony," but I don't know that I was ever willing to really put myself in that uncertain place. It's one thing to talk about it...it's another thing to really do it! Real faith involves some sort of RISK! If you do not find yourself at the end of yourself...then you're not at the place where God comes sweeping in. You get to that place where it's totally in God's hands and faith rises to believe that God really is who He says He is and He really does love us as much as we've always thought He did. It becomes more then words. It becomes an ever waking reality. It's standing on the edge of a cliff and jumping. It's freedom!

"He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle." Psalm 107:7

This is what we felt like the Lord promised. He was going to make a way. So, on August 11th, we packed up our moving truck and made the two day drive to Illinois. We were expectant, a little nervous, and a lot excited to see what God had in store for us. A friend had found us the great rental home in the area we really asked God to plant us.

More photos in my previous post

We love it! It's the perfect home for us and we're so thankful for it! He is so good to not only provide for our needs, but to meet the desires of our hearts as well. We moved in and were immediately embraced by this amazing "tribe" here at Antioch Wheaton. It instantly felt like family and it was once again so confirming that God had us here for a purpose.

Daily trusting God and risking is still very real for us as we continue to follow the path that He has set before us. Chris looked for a job for the first few weeks we were here and went on several interviews...while our little bit of savings slowly diminished. But, God was so faithful to provide a job for Chris...not a dream job, but a job that will meet our needs. And we are still believing for a life-giving job for him in the near future!! We daily trust Him to meet all our financial needs as we transition...and He WILL! He is our Provision.

Following Jesus is an amazing journey. He is much more concerned with the state of our hearts then the actual destination. We have learned so much this past year and a half about hearing God, our need for community, the grace to make mistakes, and risking it ALL for His glory. Our hearts have been broken, restored, and enlarged all throughout this process.

It's our story. It's the story of Storehouse Crafts. It's HIS story...and this is just the beginning!

Thanks for reading my little series...I hope you'll jump into this journey with us! Follow our blog and our Facebook page to learn what all is in store for Storehouse and for our family! I think God's going to do some really cool things in the coming months! It's going to be incredible and He will be honored before many.

2 comments:

  1. Christie, I loved reading your story. I have been wondering lately how you guys were and if your hubby found a job. So thankful for the update, and wow... your faith is encouraging. What a challenge to me!

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  2. Thanks, Megan!! Hope you guys are doing well!! If you're ever up north, come visit us!!!

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