Anyone who has been following my blog anywhere between the start of this year until now, has seen post from my series Transitions: Waiting for a Season of Change, where I shared my emotions, thoughts and experiences, while waiting on God to move me and my family to a new home and bring about a new season of life.
Well, the moment I have been waiting for has arrived and the path between the new season and the old season was created. Friday past we signed a lease to our new home in a different state and for the entire weekend I was able to feel a sense of relief.
After we signed our lease, toured our house, got our keys- the owners even showed us a wonderful park in walking distance from our new home.
We had lunch at a Chilis restaurant nearby. I ordered from the Less than 600 Calories part of the menu- which was a 6 oz Classic Sirloin with Grilled Avocado (410 Cal). I forgot to take a photo of mine, but it looked like this. It tasted great.
Then I ordered Molton Chocolate Cake for desert, which was delicious.
When we arrived home a few hours later, I immediately had to grab my suitcase and head to my church to meet up with the other women from our Women’s ministry to head to a Women’s Retreat for the weekend.
It was a lovely feeling on my way up to have the peace in knowing my life was getting ready for the change I have been praying for very soon. We found a new place to call home and the lease was signed.
When we got to the location, we checked in and headed down for a “Country Fair” (item sales from the different churches- homemade stuff, toys, clothes, etc.). I got some really cute things. I got a clear vase with yellow basket shred paper, clear stones with colorful fake flowers (maybe to put on our dining room table).
I also bought a surprise bag for five bucks that had a lot of unnecessary junk, until saw a Chris Tomlin “Hello Love” C.D at the bottom. I also got a Sunflower growing kit- for growing sunflowers in my new home. Anyway, to make a long story short, shopping was fun.
Later, that evening there was line dancing which I did not participate in, but had a great time watching. I watched as an older lady, at least in her 60’s lead the line dance, and she was really boogying.
Then for the second dance they played Pharrell William’s Happy, which is a song I absolutely love (even though- I don’t 100% get the lyrics) and I really boogied from my chair like I was the only one there. That song had a true meaning to me in that very moment.
The theme of the retreat was “Resolve to Leave a Godly Legacy.” We were all given a free copy of the book “The Resolution for Women,” which stemmed from “The Resolution for Men,” which stemmed from the awesome movie “Courageous” (I love that movie). I can’t wait to read this book.
That night I lied in my really comfy hotel bed (Holiday Inn) and didn’t sleep much, because my brain was alert, happy and beaming with excitement. So I ended up chatting with my friend I was sharing the room with until about 2 in the morning and probably officially fell asleep after 2 and woke up at 6 a.m.
Saturday we had breakfast in the morning, a united session, during which we got to see a very fascinating Timbrels presentation that featured a mommy with her baby attached in a sling in front of her, and a very, very old lady really getting down, that was inspiring.
Then we broke out into smaller groups called “Resolution of Character” Sessions. I chose to participate in the “Raising Godly Children” session, which is discussed in Part III of the book (Resolution for Women).
Later we went on various excursions. I signed up for Frugal Fannies, which is a store that sells brand clothing at a lower price. I bought two dresses, two skirts, a bra, some underwear, and other accessories.
I have never been to Frugal Fannies before, so I wanted to check it out and I also needed something nice to wear to dinner and morning worship the next day, but I resolved that I don’t really have to shop there regularly because brand clothing means absolutely nothing to me. I’d shop there if I was looking for something extra fancy. Now I know.
Later, we had a very special dinner- 4 courses- Fruit, Salad & Bread, Main, Desert. Then we honored the Women of Legacy among us. I resolved to be a Woman of Legacy like these women honored.
Sunday, we ate a lovely breakfast. Then we had devotions with our various churches. We talked about learning to be content in our season and fulfilling the purpose God has for us to fill where we are. A lot of the discussion was just what I needed for this moment. The last verse the Pastor left with us was Joshua 1:9, which was a confirmation for me for the new season I am about to embark on.
I really had a blessed weekend and was very happy. Now back to the reality of getting ready for the move.
Pray for me and my family.