Sunday, July 3, 2011

Who Say's You Can't Go Home!

So as y’all know I left out on this journey to find “What’s Next” a little over three months ago. I knew the Lord was calling me out I just did not know where, so any opportunity that came my way I threw my hat in the ring and asked the Lord to sort it out. I knew where I wanted to go and that was leaving Texas again for a while, I looked in Atlanta and had a blast with some old and new friends, and then spent a week in Nashville praying the Lord would allow my next step to take me there.

The thing I have come to love most about the Lord is His willingness to allow us to explore and search Him out. Wandering in this case I do not believe was out of His will but exactly what He had asked me to so that when He presented to me what the next step would be it would be after He had given me ample time to explore what I saw as personally desirable locations. So after maybe almost 2000 miles on the road He has brought me to a place not even a hundred miles north of my hometown. And I am pumped about it!

As I was driving out of Nashville (the city I wanted to be in the most) the Lord allowed a conversation to take place about an opportunity at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The job itself couldn’t have been more perfect but I had to ask; as a single gal in her thirties who loved the city was Waco the right place to be. And I LOVE my family please don’t hear me wrong in that but I am a independent gal (sometimes to fault) and I like being out and about exploring and so I didn’t know if I wanted to be so close to home. Well I had about 12 hours in my car after that where the Lord worked on my heart and as I pulled into my apartment complex in Houston in the middle of the night I was convinced this was where the Lord has called me. And I was excited about it! (He is so much better to us than He has to be!)

So I started a long interview process that actually began the next day and did not finalize until this past Wednesday. In that time my lease was up in Houston so I moved back to my hometown with a childhood friend, then in with my brother and sporadically in with another friend from DC. This independent always has a plan girl was humbled because I needed to rely on those around me and I had no plan or timeline to work with. Through this time at home though the Lord has done so much not just in my life but also in some lives around me. Believe me this road has been for me! But its cool to see that He will use it for others as well. If I listed all the Lord has done we’d be here forever and they are not all my stories to share in this public forum but please know they are jaw dropping and even bring tears to my eyes now thinking about it all.

God’s timing is always right and His ways are always for our good. He is the best thing to ever happen to me and the only good that lives within me. He is it!

So I move into a new place on Wednesday, start a new job the following Monday and I am looking forward to the new path He has set out for me and all the adventures that are to come. I know I will meet people who I will love the rest of my life and will change and challenge me to look more like Christ. I can’t wait for this new adventure! Thank you to all who have prayed for me and walked with me in this season of my life. I am so grateful for your faithfulness… now here we go!

P.S. If anyone has Waco suggestions churches, places to eat or shop please let me know! I am totally new to the area!


Holly said...

Surely was praying, sister. Thankful for how He has turned your search into a find!! Woohoo!!!! Praying for the details. Love, holly

Kelly said...

Congrats on the new job, Michelle! I can't wait to hear more about what the Lord has in store for you!

ForHisGlory said...

Darling Michelle,
I am so excited for you! Waco!!!! I did ministry there for two years...I still make it down there for some things related to Baylor!! Love their student life! The Lord used the ministry days there to heal and to break...its a good God story I would love to share with you!! At.......Common Grounds some time!!! This is a coffee shop on campus that you are going to absolutely LOVE!!!!

As for churches, one of my precious college girls has been absolutely transformed while serving and worshiping at Antioch...I haven't been there, but I would recommend for sure after hearing all the Lord has done...

I am about an hour and a half from Waco, tis a great drive filled with memories of embarking on a ministry adventure with the Lord...just saying that if your up for company, I'm up for a visit...

Love you girl, so excited for this new adventure in your life!

Charles and Stacy said...

Hey Michelle, it's been a while...but I love following your travels! As 2 Baylor grads, we absolutely enjoyed our time at Columbus Ave Baptist. Not sure who the staff are now, but the college and singles ministries were AMAZING while we were at Baylor. Hope you are settling in well! Love ya!

Charles and Stacy (Parks) Hall

The Schmidt Family said...

Well friend, the Schmidt's are moving to Temple, TX in a few weeks...Looking forward to hanging out :o)