I first realized my control problem when David and I were unable to have children. It took seven years for me to "give" my supposed control of our family to God.
|David's birthday party at our church with friends and family.|
Two months later David's job required us to leave that house and spend the balance of the year living in hotels all over the country. And while we were gone, the fabric of our Murfreesboro life frayed. God "sent out" our Life Group members: all but 2 families have moved to other time zones. Our church split. We had deaths in our families, cancer scares, and even watched an innocent man go to prison. We wondered why God had chosen that time to take us away when we thought we could have been so much help to everyone we loved.
In 2014 we made the move to Denver. We love Denver. We love the low humidity, absence of mosquitoes, Mountain time zone, 300 days of sunshine, organic lifestyle, Broncos football. And the mountains--oh, the mountains! Our time here has been restorative. Colorado has quickly become home, and there is no place we'd rather be than here.
|It may be new to us, but this beauty was built in 1906!|
So I think I'm finally done with making plans and trying to control our future. We are starting to see our Denver year as God's way of preparing us for this move to Chattanooga. What else could it be? No human would move 1.5 hours down I-24 from Murfreesboro to Chattanooga by way of Colorado.
|Meet Copper the basset hound. He has "copper pennies" for eyebrows!|
We enter Chattanooga with renewed priorities. We look forward to becoming part of a community and having a healthy faith, healthy home, healthy food, healthy finances, and healthy relationships. We give control of it all to God, knowing He has an unfathomable plan when we let go of our own lives.
But I'll be hiring the mosquito-control company myself next summer. It's already on my calendar.