In true “my-life-is-transitioning-like-crazy” fashion, I officially slept in four different states over the course of a week as my life in Alabama came to an end. I said goodbye to living life in that small motel room, and told my hubby “see ya soon” for the next two months approximately 10 days ago.
We spent our last few days together scoping out our soon-to-be home of Clarksville, TN and put an offer on a house. The offer was accepted and we are moving forward! Lord willing, we will close on September 5th.
It is truly overwhelming when you begin to list out all that can happen in a week and beyond. The season of life living in Alabama was short and truly sweet. When you remove all the excess (both literally and figuratively), simplicity can be quite refreshing. This next season of life will include a few weeks in Texas, supporting my family, then preparing to move to Tennessee.
As I remember that season of life in an on-post hotel in Fort Rucker, Alabama, I will remember…
- Evening walks, runs, or bike rides with my husband through the hills and tall pine trees
- Walking across the street to the main hotel building’s breakfast every morning and all the boiled eggs
- Talking through so many different homes, praying about where God would have us, culminating in finding a home where we can truly see our next season of life
- Experiencing the town my husband grew up in
- The weekends we got to visit the beach and simply relax
- Our two little chairs we arranged to have a little living room
- Trying to cook meals in the tiniest space ever, and tag teaming cooking or dish washing, because space was so limited
- My workout friends at the gym on Fort Rucker. They were incredibly encouraging, fun to hang out with, and pushed me
- All the political ads on tv
- Two trips to Clarksville and learning the area and finding our first home to purchase
Where I lay my head is constantly changing, and even the people I spend my days with is constantly changing, from my husband, to weeks at my sister’s, or time with my parents. It is in the midst of so much change, even down to where I lay my head each night, the consistency of pursuing Jesus and spending time reading and absorbing the truth of the Bible becomes even more critically grounding.
In Colossians 3, Paul says to “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” What a reminder. In the midst of everything we have going on, we are to set (to direct our mind, to seek, to strive for) the things of God.
Then he goes on to say (one of my favorite statements) in Colossians 3:4, that “when Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” I love that. The simple statement that Christ would be our life. That our minds would be so set on who He is, that we would be identified as people whose lives are marked by Jesus.
Regardless of where we lay our heads, or how different each day looks, may Christ be what identifies us.