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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How Great is our God - Starting a New Chapter

This song sums up perfectly what my heart has been singing lately.  God has shown me numerous times in the last 3 days how truly great He is.  He has proven how true Ephesians 3:20 is "Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us."  God hasn't just taken care of our needs, He has exceeding abundantly taken care of our needs.  Needs that we hadn't even thought of or prayed for.  Matthew 6:8 says "your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him."  How incredible to see that verse applied directly to my life!  How Great is our God!!
About 3 months ago God started working in my life preparing me for something big.  I didn't know what it was but I knew He was ready to do something with our family.  Remember this post back in May?  I was trying so hard to be patient while waiting for Him to reveal His plan to us.  My pastor, Marcus was doing a study of Jonah on Sunday mornings at church.  It was such a powerful study on making sure we are in God's will and not delaying or modifying His will for us.  I know God had that message just for me.  He wanted me to realize the important of being in His will in His timing.
My husband's family is originally from the New England states.  His parents just recently moved back to Maine.  They lived across the street from us for about 2 years so it was hard to adjust to them being gone.  The house across the street still looks lonely and empty without them.  Mike's sister and her family moved to CT last month.  That was another hard goodbye.  I started to wonder if this was what God was preparing my heart for....a big move up North.  Mike and I started tossing the idea around and told each other to just pray that God would clearly show us what to do.  Over the next few days all I could think about was Portland, Maine.  I've only been there one time all for about 5 hours.  I'm a Southern girl so the idea of going that far North was a little frightening.  But God continue to soften my heart with the idea of moving out of my comfort zone.
After talking to Mike about how I was feeling, he agreed that God was working in his heart and he had peace about Portland too!  But just to be sure Mike was going to submit his resume to several different locations up North.  We knew God wanted us up there and Portland would be our dream location, but was it where God wanted us? 
After a long grueling process of watching Mike go through sending out resumes, phone interviews, in-person interview, waiting, waiting, and some more waiting, we finally had some answers.  Two different jobs in two different locations.  One would be staying with the company he currently works for, an easy transfer to CT.  The other would be a management position, something different for him, with a company in Portland that I had never even heard of before.  As much as we wanted to live in Portland, the job in CT would be easier for Mike as far as knowing what is expected of him.  He's already comfortable with his job description so transferring would be so much easier. 
After lots of prayers and sleepless nights of begging God to reveal His will clearly to us, God gave us answers.  And they were all in His timing.  This long process that was making me so impatient was truly perfect timing in God's eyes.  I'm able to finish my summer babysitting commitment and it gives us some extra time to sell our house here in Greer.  Mike is able to have the next two weeks off PAID before he starts his training for his new job.  This is a huge blessing since he's able to me pack and get the house ready for selling.  The new company is  graciously giving us an apartment in Portland for two months as we look for a new house.  How Great is our God for providing that detail that I didn't even think of??!! 
I can't even begin to describe the peace that God has given me that this move is what He wants and everything is going to be ok.  This is a huge step for me completely out of my Southern comfort zone.  Philippians 4:6-7 reminds me "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." 
It's exciting to start this new chapter in our life and I can't wait to see how God is going to use us in Portland, Maine for His glory.  How Great is Our God!


  1. Sweet family love & prayers go before you all I am happy to know you have the peace that only HE can give! Mike send the pic of her first NorEaster 10 footer! LOL.
    Numbers 6:24-26
    Love & Prayers,
    Cindy Midkiff!

  2. Wow....great post, Ashley! How Great is our God???? You are experiencing firsthand watching him pave the way....brings new meaning to that little saying, "where His finger points, His hand provides!"... thanks for sharing your heart. All the details make it so much more real!! :) Love you heaps and bunches, mama g