Hello and happy happy Wednesday! Since my last entry, I am excited to share my latest life update, I have transitioned from Maryland to Texas! This is my third week here and it has been incredibly exciting. I consider the scripture,
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” -Galatians 6:9
I started this blog during summer of 2016 during a time of great frustration. Simply put, things just were not going the way I had prayed or hoped for. When I wrote my first blog post, I was literally sitting on the swing set on my grandmother’s balcony, unemployed and disappointed in many ways. Those closest to me (specifically my immediate family) know that my life journey HAS NOT been easy- very blessed, but not easy. I’ve struggled many many years as a college graduate who could not find a decent paying job, regardless of many years of experience in a field that is supposedly “lucrative”. I had to sacrifice much and strive to overcome many challenges. I had to relentlessly crush the many lies of Satan that flooded my mind in attempt to discourage and derail me. All these years later, I am here. God is still good. He was then. He is now.
I’d be lying if I said I’m 100% living my dream life and I am exactly where I want to be in life at 35. I’ve had many ups and mind-blowing moments. I’ve also encountered many setbacks that made all my hard work and faith seem useless. Nonetheless, I am in a much richer place now than I was at the inception of this blog back in 2016. My faith is much stronger. I am much stronger. I’ve learned to make the best lemonade out of the many lemons that life often throws our way. I’ve learned how to trust God even more. I’ve also learned and experienced the truth in Galatians 6:9.
Like all humans, I’ve had questions, doubts, and regrets. I’ve even momentarily entertained the lie that I’d be better off just living life my way rather than aiming to please God. I got extremely tired of my heart’s desires not being met. I got extremely tired of waiting for what seemed to never come to pass, but the waiting only developed a greater anticipation, deepening my appreciation of Father and His Perfect will for my life. I am still waiting for much. I am also currently enjoying much that I waited long for. I’ve always dreamed of doing a cross country road trip. I’ve always dreamed of living in another state and enjoying the newness of it all, from having to GPS everywhere to getting used to different places to shop. I’ve always been one to thrive away from familiarity and out of my comfort zone. Most of all, I have always been greatly attracted to the south, maybe because my family has origins all throughout the Carolinas and other southeastern states.
I began this year with great anticipation about what God was going to do in my life. I had some requests on the altar and had my heart set on certain things; however, as He so often does, God trashed my plans and catapulted me into His. I honestly love how God comes left field with the LEAST expected blessings. I love surprises. Texas was no where on my mind. Actually, I’ve never even given much consideration to even visiting Texas, nonetheless moving there! God spoke and confirmed His word in so many ways (and through so many people) I would have been a fool to not yield to the instructions. God has moved mountains and paved the path for me to get here in ways that blow my mind every time I think about it! I will release more of the testimony in the near future as things further unfold, but I can assure you that God’s plan is the best plan. It’s not the easiest, most convenient, or most comfortable plan; however, it is the best plan.
I’ve never given Texas much thought, but it’s certainly the best place I’ve ever lived. I am thoroughly enjoying it, from the warm weather to the plethora of great BBQ spots. It was a 20+ hour semi-cross country drive and it was so fun. There goes the road trip I have been wanting to do since I was in my early 20s! I’m still having to GPS around. These highways are wild, there are so many of them, but the newness excites me everyday. I’m having to get used to 70mph-75mph speed limits! I am enjoying all the new stores like Kroger and there’s certainly no shortage of taco spots. This is Texas. Everything here is BIG. I’m seeing God provide my needs and bless me. I’m at peace, I’m happy, and I’m on my way to even greater.
Here are a couple of photos from the fun-filled road trip down here. The total trip took 4 days, but only because you can’t take a road trip without doing all the fun touristy stuff in the major cities along with way! Stay tuned for a video I’ll be sharing soon that documents the trip down here. It was so fun!
I’ll leave you with this until next time – whatever God is telling you to do, DO IT! If He has instructed you to do it, if this is the time to do it, He will make the way for you. You just have to move. You won’t regret it!
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I LOVE ALL OF THIS DARLING HEART. YOU ARE A PHENOMENAL WRITER! ❤️