Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it. Psalm 37:5
Have you ever dreamed of making a change in your life? Dreamed about it for years on end? Thought about it so much that the dream changed again and again? That has been the way for my husband and me. We felt it was time for us to move to a place where the allergens would be less, different, and the air cleaner and fresher. We wanted a place where we, as seniors, could feel a bit more at ease regarding finances, weather, taxes, and other senior concerns.
Last Spring, we finally felt that it was time to make this move. The older we were getting, the more difficult this seemed and we thought we better do this now or we wouldn’t have the ability to move. We prayed, knowing that God would lead us. He took New Mexico and Georgia out of the running and headed us to East Texas…Nacogdoches, Lufkin. We would sell our home in Portland, TX which was tough….leaving the home my husband built himself for us 23 years ago. We lived in it all but one year of our marriage.
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10
So we began the sorting out, having a garage sale and, at the end, a moving sale. One day, Ken was in the yard taking photos of our home for we were going to sell our home “by owner.” A car stopped; the man asked Ken if, by chance, he was going to be selling this house? God brought a man by at that very moment who became the new owner of this home. G appreciated the beautiful craftsmanship my husband had put into the cabinetry throughout the house and the quality workmanship that went into the building of this home. G bought a lot covered with lovely trees, Mesquite, Live Oak, Anacua, Arizona Ash, surrounding this home. We never even listed it. Escrow went smoothly.
For You, O LORD, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.
My husband’s two sisters opened their doors to us…places to stay between looking for a new town, finding a home, and escrow. Just where were we going to live?
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Psalm 150:2
After perusing the internet for homes for sale in East Texas, we found more homes in our price range in Lufkin. A neighbor in Portland guided us to a great realtor. We like the town of 35,000 pop. with just about everything we could possibly need or want. We found a house that is now our home. It is close to just about everything we need. God stopped us from buying some homes. We could see He was with us.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. Psalm 95:2
Our new home has issues but we feel God giving us strength and ability to handle them, doing the work ourselves or hiring help when we need that too.
It is good to give thanks to the LORD
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning
And Your faithfulness by night,…. Psalm 92:1-2
We are finding doctors, feeling God’s direction in that as well. We sense His closing doors when we are headed the wrong way.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8
This truly has been a journey where we have depended upon His guidance…
…a journey where we have had to walk with blind trust, with our eyes on Him.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid what can mere man do to me… Psalm 56:4
We are so blessed.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
His understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:5
When thoughts began to rise for this post, the following was nothing we could have known, although God knew. Hurricane Harvey was yet to develop in the Gulf:
Our home was in Portland, TX. Hurricane Harvey just devastated Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Ingleside, all small towns on one side of Portland and wreaked havoc in Corpus Christi which is on the other side of Portland. We were not there, although we have friends there so feel very connected. Our friends are okay. Some houses not, but the lives of those we know are safe. We had desired to move away from the coast more and more as we aged. The older one gets, the harder it is to board up, evacuate, and manage through the aftermath of a hurricane. Our former home made it through the storm in tact, but most of the trees in the yard lost at least one major limb. G shared that with us Saturday. We were grateful to God for keeping G safe and his new home in one piece. We prayed for him in these regards.
Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. 1 Thessalonians 5:24
We feel so blessed to be here and not there.
For the LORD is a great God
And a great King above all gods,
In Whose hand are the depths of the earth,
The peaks of the mountains are His also.
The sea is His, for it was He Who made it,
And His hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:3-5
God gave us direction and we obeyed. Thank You, Jesus. Thank You.
O LORD of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in You! Psalm 84:12
Father God, You have blessed us beyond measure. We are continually learning to trust You, knowing that You know the very path You wish for us. You keep us sheltered under Your wings. You hold us near in all times. May we remember these things, that we would turn to You for all of our needs. We have seen Your mighty works in our lives so beautifully and clearly. Oh, LORD, You are our All.
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the Name of the LORD is to be praised! Psalm 113:3
May I walk near to You and know Your still, small voice. May I sense Your very Presence with me. Thank You, LORD.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD! Psalm 150:6
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the LORD; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together… Psalm 34:1-3
In the Strong Name of Jesus, I am so grateful. Amen.