One week ago, I was preparing to drive out to a camp and speak five sessions at a women’s retreat an hour away.
As I drove, I couldn’t help but marvel at the goodness of God.8 years, and one week ago today, I pulled up to our new home here in Yakima – Tony’s younger sister and her husband helping us unload the U-Haul.
That night, after it was just the five of us again, in those years before Zeruiah completed us, I remember walking out to the driveway in my bare feet and looking up into the night sky.
The moon was almost full, and as I raised my eyes to look at it, I’ll never forget that feeling of aloneness that settled over me – the knowledge that we knew no one…that no one knew us, and should something go wrong, there was no one in town to reach out to, to ask for help.
So much has changed…
One year and one week ago, I never dreamed that Jesus would open the doors for me to speak again – we were just trying to breathe.
In this season of rebuilding, so much has been rearranged, removed, and restored. My position at Madison House ended, and yet the door was opened for me to start my own business, allowing me to stay at home and homeschool while still supporting the staff at MH through volunteering.
This morning, while Tony and I went out for our weekly coffee date, he looked at me and asked why I hadn’t launched my Coaching site – I had a litany of reasons, but when he gently dug deeper, he unearthed what we both already knew…
And all I could think of was Paul’s second letter to Timothy – how he wrote down the truth that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.
Years ago, I prayed for a love of God’s Word to fill me, a desire to dig in and to know more of Jesus through what was revealed in the pages of scripture. I haven’t always done this well, but even in the times that I have failed, Jesus has been so faithful to draw me back to Himself.
And so I share my love of Him here in this space, and now through this new adventure of Food Freedom and the beauty of good nutrition based on His Word.
This past Christmas, two of the same bracelets were ordered from my favorite jeweler by accident, but we decided to not return the second one. In the back of my mind I thought doing a giveaway would be fun and I think that time has come, because today is a day to celebrate the start of For Form & Face, but also, belatedly, our the 8th anniversary of our move to Yakima, and how good Jesus has been to us here in this space.
This is the Parallel Bracelet – a cuff that wraps around your wrist to remind you how Jesus leads. That in Him alone is fullness of joy, and at His hand are pleasures forevermore.
Maybe you need that reminder too? Maybe you need to celebrate this truth along with me?
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So, while this is the only “Friday Favorite” this week, I think it’s a good one, and I can’t wait to share it with you as well!