Well, so far this month I’ve talked about blooming through a career, blooming through a season of engagement, and today I have the incredible opportunity to share my latest “blooming” experience. This isn’t an experience I thought I would ever walk through, but it seems as though it is exactly what the Lord has for us in this newlywed season of life.
I am a planner by nature. I like to know what to expect and when to expect it. I don’t like surprises and I don’t really like when things don’t go the way that I want them to. Hello, you just met my ugly, sinful nature. The sinful, human part of me likes for things to go my way, but I know that my faith in Jesus Christ requires me to die to myself daily so that I can follow Him (Luke 9:23). Following Jesus puts us in uncomfortable situations sometimes, but he plants us there for a reason. We can either bloom there, or choose a negative spirit. Which will we choose?
Last month my husband got an opportunity to take a new job. A job that we had prayed over for months. We knew this was an opportunity that the Lord had dropped in our laps. This job was an answered prayer… but, it would put us in a position that we didn’t expect to be in during our first year of marriage. He would have to train for this new job in Nashville, four hours away from home, during the week until the end of the year. This newlywed had herself a good fit before realizing that, as a wife, my job is to support and encourage my husband in how he is leading our family. I quickly got a reality check from the Lord and decided that I HAD to be supportive about this big change. I HAD to choose a positive attitude and a trusting heart. I had to choose to cling to the truth and let go of the lies that seem to grip my heart with fear.
I didn’t like the idea of sending my husband away during the week during our first few months of marriage. But, I have really come to understand that God doesn’t promise all of the things I so often feel entitled to. I will still have weekends with my guy to go to football games, take our puppies on walks, and just sit in our living room with our favorite fall candles lit. There are still SO many blessings in this season. But, I will only see them when I CHOOSE to see them. It would be so easy to choose a negative attitude and to complain my way through the rest of 2013. But, what a miserable few months I would have. Instead, I am going to embrace this season that the Lord has planted us in and soak in the moments that we get to have. I WILL choose to bloom where I’m planted. My relationship with Christ will grow because of it. My relationship with my husband will grow because of it. In the end, this is a growth spurt I need. At the end of the day, this is just what I need to bloom into the woman and wife the Lord wants me to be.
Thank y’all for listening to my stories this month. What an awesome time to share with you my heart and my life. I love this community and how encouraging it is and I pray that you feel encouraged today! Whatever season or situation you may be planted in, I hope that you choose to bloom. I hope that you choose to allow God to work in the midst of it.
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