What in the world have I agreed to?!! Y’all! I’m the girl who agonizes over sending out one paragraph emails and now I’ve signed up to write blog posts….Ugh! But The Lord has continually reminded me lately that it’s time to “speak”. After holding in all the stirrings and wonders of The Lord for SO LONG it’s now time to proclaim!!!
“Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.”
Psalms 105:1-2 NLT
My “stirrings” started earlier this year … but they were birthed out of a very dry and barren season in my life. It was one of those times when you question over & over, “Lord, You’re still there, right?”. Each time I sat down to read The Word or to pray my brain was just mush! All of it, absolutely mush! I’d look at the words on the page of my Bible and nothing made sense; it was like I was trying to read a foreign language! Yet as time went on my questions of “where are You, Lord?” morphed into “what are You doing, Lord?” And that terrified me!!!
So before I knew it June had rolled around and we were off to visit family in Oklahoma. I think it was there that Matt & I realized we were both on the same page; some kind of change was on the horizon. We didn’t know what that meant but we knew God was working in our hearts and prepping us for something. So, we continued to pray and seek His Word, asking The Lord to show us something! Anything!!!
And boy, did He ever!!! It was the morning of June 25, 2016, we were back in NC, when I sat down with my One Year Bible. With the busy month of June and traveling I was WAY behind in my daily reading plan. Instead of picking up where I had left off and feeling completely defeated from the get go I decided to skip ahead to the current day. So fast forward I did, to 2 Kings 8, that day’s reading…
“Elisha had told the woman whose son he had brought back to life, “Take your family and MOVE to some other place, for the LORD has called for a famine on Israel that will last for seven years.”” 2 Kings 8:1 NLT
Holy Moly!!!! I immediately closed my Bible, jumped up from my seat, with tears in my eyes I told The Lord He’d have to confirm it over and over and over. Right then and there, I decided I’d keep this tidbit of information just be between me & Him… at least for the time being. In my mind, confessing it out loud to someone else, even Matt, just made it too real and if God was for real about this, I needed a little bit more convincing. I needed to make sure I had heard Him correctly but desperately hoping I had misunderstood!
So over the last four months, He’s made it perfectly clear that I had in fact heard Him correctly. He’s been calling me/us out … to what? We don’t exactly know yet but we’re excited to see what He has in store!
You know, each of us must walk our own unique journey. My journey may not look like yours and He may not be telling you to “take your family and move” but what is He calling you to? Have you drifted away from God and His Word? Are you in a dry and barren season where everything is just mush? Or are you just in a place of uncertainty?
Sweet friends, I want to encourage you to keep seeking Him and the truth of His Word! Keep digging deep. His love never fails, His Word never returns void and He wants you to know Him like never before!!! Whatever the journey, He wants all of us to love Him more deeply & trust Him more fully.
5 thoughts on “Take Your Family and Move”
Great job writing! God Bless!
Thanks for sharing. He will tell you where in His time. Stay strong! We love you guys.
Awesome Amanda! We know God is faithful and He will complete the good work He has started! Love you!
Wow, Mrs Amanda..this bless me. Always praying for you and pastor Matt. We love and Miss you!
Aacia and Chris 💕
Wow is a understatement I was so taken away from your writing and your obedience to listening to God. May you be in store for a great adventure with God leaving.
Prayers NANCY WADE