With my recent move, I’ve been feeling an equal blend of chaos and peacefulness, and that feeling culminated with several stream of consciousness Instagram stories that I posed last week! I stand by what I wrote into the void that day, and wanted to give those thoughts a place to live (in your inbox today!)
This is what I shared earlier this month about moving into our recently completed custom home build, a process that began with our purchase of 96.6 acres in a small town called Waycross in southern Georgia and ended with us finally moving into the home of our dreams.
“This whole weekend has been wild but also unforgettable. I am experiencing a deep feeling of peace that I haven’t felt before, and I feel truly settled for the first time in my adult life.
As a military spouse of 7 years, I have never lived in one place for longer than 3 years, and have never owned a home. My husband and I dreamed of this possibility back when we were teenagers and are now living out our wildest dreams as land and homeowners.
Sometimes we’re asked why we moved to a small town in southern Georgia. There is something different, and slower, about the pace of life here, in the way strangers treat each other here, in the values and priorities of the city. There is a sense of pride and unity in the town that I’ve only just seen glimpses of but that I can’t wait to join and participate in.
The idea that we can make friends (and so can our son) without needing to leave them in a few years is WILD to us. The fact that we have full control over our land and home is everything I’ve ever wanted.
I feel… peaceful. Don’t get me wrong—there are still worries I have—but I feel like the final piece in a puzzle that had gone missing my whole life finally popped into place.
It almost brings me to tears thinking about how this is the home that our son will grow up in and remember as home. His new school is where he will meet his friends, play sports, and graduate from.
We waited (sometimes impatiently), made long term decisions, and stuck out the build when we got frustrated. The reality of looking out our front windows and seeing nothing but pine trees as the sun sets is truly surreal.
I know it sounds strange to keep saying this, but all glory to the Lord for everything that He has made possible in our businesses and lives, for making opportunities available and closing the right doors to guide us to where we are now.
It can be easy to fall into “Oh, I did this” or even “I deserve this,” but we’ve been reminding ourselves that all good things come from the Lord and that the greatest gift from Him, we’ve already received and can never lose.
My prayer is that we continue to steward what we’ve been given with gratitude and wisdom, all for His glory.
Has there ever been a time in your life when, in the midst of a chaotic life change, you’ve found a profound sense of peace?