Season of Life

My husband, Ryan, son, Miller and I have been living in Franklin (just outside of Nashville) for almost 5 months. I can’t believe it has been that long. It feels like we just moved and are settling in. Wait… it’s because we are still settling in haha.

I have not shared before why Ryan and I moved our family to Tennessee. I feel led to share because maybe you are where we were for two years or you are where we are now. Ryan and I visited Franklin for a weekend trip after a couple friend told us how much they loved living here. That weekend we stayed at the couple’s house and immersed ourselves in Franklin. The scenery immediately captured our hearts. There were mountain/hill views and wildlife. Everyone we met was so hospitable. I remember one morning we woke up and ventured out for coffee and breakfast at a place called the Frothy Monkey. As we sat outside sipping our coffee, I realized we are sitting outside in July and it is cool. Like burrr cool. I don’t have sweat dripping down my back. This is awesome!!! We fell in love with Franklin that weekend.

Oh yeah, my sister Brittyn joined us on our trip to Franklin. We visited a cute farmer’s market that weekend in Thompson Station.

I love farmer’s markets!! This one was in a barn that had chandeliers hung in it.

Some time had passed and Ryan and I both felt the Lord calling us to move. We both weren’t sure why. We were surrounded by his family in Plant City, Florida. We were about to start a family of our own. But the feeling didn’t leave us so we decided to both dedicate time in prayer. During the almost two years we prayed, the Lord spoke to us and showed us signs….. like real signs with the word Franklin on them. Franklin was where he was calling us. We learned through the process of moving to Franklin that when the Lord speaks you listen and trust in Him. He opened the door for Ryan a job and us a home to rent all within a month before moving. It was crazy to us! Not, the Lord. He knew all along.

If you are playing the waiting game of what and where the Lord is calling you, know that the Lord will reveal it in his time. His time is always perfect. Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” In Isaiah 40:31 we are encouraged that the Lord will not let us grow weary while we wait. “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Even though the Lord revealed to us that Franklin was where we needed to move and paved the way for us, doesn’t mean that is the end. We are still in the waiting game. We are ready for this season to be over. Why hasn’t the Lord already led us to a home church? We want to get plugged in and meet people. Why hasn’t the door opened for us to buy a house? Why hasn’t he shown us why he moved us here? So many questions.

WHY?????? Do you catch yourself asking the Lord why?

The answer is for me to have Faith. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11                                   I will meditate on this verse for now.

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    Mookie
    May 25, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Whitney,

    I am in the same season. I was praying to buy a home and was looking in my neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY and was willing to venture out a little to Queens, NY, but did not find what I was confessing in my prayers. I was living in Brooklyn, NY for over 15 years with family and friends all around.

    I started to grow weary as doubt came in that I’m not going to find the home my heart desired. I changed realtors four times and the 5th realtor said look in New Jersey. I said no too far. In prayer, I heard yes go. My search increased in NJ and I started getting excited.

    I bid on a few houses, but I was settling, so they didn’t go through. I didn’t share with too many people where I intended to move to. I bid on a property that my mom said this is the one for you. It was my second preference. I showed the property details to my Pastor and he said this looks like you. It’s yours.

    I got into a bidding war. The Spirit of God said don’t move be still. My Pastor declared this is the Year of Victory. My only offer was accepted. I told my realtor I want the seller to give me a certain amount of money. He said you’re crazy you won’t get it. My Pastor shared that he received money from a seller when he was purchasing his house. God is not a respector of persons and I was standing on His Word.

    I received more than what I was seeking. Glory to God! When I shared with family and friends that I was moving to NJ, they said why, you don’t know anyone there. My response was and still is I was led there and I obeyed.

    Note, I know no one out here. I had to learn how to commute to work as I still work in NYC. My church is in NYC. My commute is shorter than when I was living in Brooklyn. I started missing church, because public transportation was not as accessible late nights and weekends. But God said return to church and I learned an easier path to travel, so I got no excuse.

    I believe my blessing(s) are here. I have been believing God for a husband in His image and children. One of my favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11.

    His way and timing is perfect.

    • Reply
      Whitney Miller
      June 23, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story with me Mookie!

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    DANETTE SANTANA
    June 15, 2017 at 2:08 am

    God bless amazing just what I needed to hear.

    • Reply
      Whitney Miller
      June 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      You are welcome!

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