Sunday, March 1, 2015

"I Will Be With You Wherever You Go"

Much has happened since my last post.
Yet, there is much more that must happen.

To make a long story short,
my husband came home from work last Friday and said, 
"A package has been offered and I need to accept."

We talked to our children, his mom, our sisters and brothers
and now we are selling our home,
praying for a job with insurance,
looking for a house in Nasvhille,
and believing God to supply our needs.

Whew!  I am truly still in shock.
This is an unfamiliar path.
Like Joshua, we have never walked this way before.

We've raised our children in this house.
It is home.
I am filled with much sentiment.

I love my small home.
Only a little over 1000 sq. ft. it has housed my favorites.

In the small living room, our daughter accepted Jesus.
In that same room, my husband rocked me
as we both prayed for her healing of what
looked like a serious disease.

Every small part holds a piece of my heart.

Humble, yet mighty.

The things I can hold in my hands, I will carry with me,
as well as the things that I can not.

Each room holds a memory.
I've touched doorposts and doorknobs and
bedposts and prayed a hedge of protections around them.

I've prayed for a scared little boy who was
tormented in his sleep and an insecure
little girl who wanted to please.

I've listened endless hours to a little girl practice vocals and lines for a play.

Day after day, I watched a little boy take batting practice
in the living room and shoot hoops above his bedroom door.

I've sat on back steps and watched a boy and a girl
and their daddy hit, catch and run bases.
Over time, the grass beaten down by little feet,
became a baseball diamond.

I've prayed in my room before bedtime
while a little boy asked,
"Mommy, are you praying."
"Yes, baby it's me."

In this house,
I've known victories and defeats,
joy and sorrow,
emptiness and full,
uncertainty and peace.
having little but possessing everything.

"Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified,
do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God
will be with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9

Trusting in the ONE who will be with me wherever I go.



  1. I truly hope Bonnie that it will all work out and that the best of things will come from this. These are not easy times, but there will be good times to come again, so look forward to those and remember all the good times that have been too. Hugs to you. xx

  2. Bonnie, praying that things will work out for you and your sweet family, a new home to continue those memories, a job to provide and insurance to support.

  3. Lifting you up in prayer, Bonnie.

  4. wrote so beautifully what is on your heart. I know that God has His hand on you and your family at the very moment, as He always has. I will continue to pray for every detail to work out just the way He wants them to. Good things are ahead!

  5. bonnie... Paul and I had our first date in this house over 25 years ago. I am with you on the memories and attachment to your house. I look around and everywhere is a memory. : ) Paul has 2 years left until full retirement.. unless they offer him something now.. we talk about it all of the time. Packing up, moving south to warmer climates and lower taxes... I just can't imagine ever leaving this little house. Congrats and Good luck!!!

  6. Oh my dear friend, I know how you feel about such things. Our kids grew up in the home we'd lived in for 20 years while raising them. One went to the mission field and the other left for college and we moved to be closer to our aging parents. It is hard, but the rewards are great...and HE WILL go with you whithersoever He sends you. Praying for a quick sale of your home! Love and hugs.

  7. I hear your heart loud and clear.... I believe that God has a plan and it's good! He works all things together for good for those that love Him. And it's pretty clear how much you love Him. I pray that you'll have peace and feel excitement for this new season in your life. And that it all goes smoothly. You're such a sweet lady Bonnie. Hugs to you!

  8. WOW, I know you are torn about leaving your home full of memories but OH SO excited about moving closer to your family:) I will pray that God will help you thru all of the emotions and decisions ahead! Sending a HUGE HUG your way this morning!

  9. It's hard when things happen quickly and we haven't had a chance to plan. You WILL come through this and find yourself in a good situation - I just know it!

  10. I am surrounding you and your family with prayers of strength and grace. May your path lead to happiness within your family circle.

  11. Sending prayers for you all, Hugs Francine.

  12. My dear Bonnie, please know you will be in my prayers as you face the many decisions and choices about the future... The Lord certainly has a plan and purpose.

    Memories... they are so sweet and precious. I was smiling as I read your sweet words. Thankfully, those memories will be carried on in your heart :) Thinking of you, dear one. Hugs!

  13. Duet. 31:8 the Lord himself will go before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

    It is not an easy road, but I have learned that everything in this life is temporary. Seasons come and go each in different lengths. But is our God goes before is, what is there to fear. (Pointing finger at myself too). Hopefully we will see you there soon.

  14. My friend...
    Hugs and love as you begin this new journey.
    May your heart be full of all those warm memories and may they carry you through this new chapter in your lives. : )

  15. In our late 40's we both lost jobs (worked for same company) and made a move that was frightful. God blessed us with more and better.
    Just trust Him!

  16. I have just stopped in for a second and appreciate your honesty about the change. We are redefining who we are and need to move on and don't have a clue as to where God is sending us.

  17. Oh,Bonnie. I am so sorry you have to deal with all of this. I know how hard it is to move-especially when it is combined with a life altering thing like the loss of a job. You will do fine. The memories, as you know, are wrapped in your heart and you will make new memories in a new place....and who knows...they may be even better memories than the ones you have there.
    God bless you as you do this- xo Diana

  18. Your post is filled with such sweet memories. Continue to have faith. Wishing you the best as you move forward.
    Farmhouse hugs,

  19. I have complete faith that all work out with the sale, new home finding, job, move etc! You are strong and resilent my friend...yes, ma'am you are! Keeping you in prayer. Blessings

  20. My heart is so filled with hope and love for you... I read your post this morning but am struggling with words for you. I'll email you. I've walked your road...I understand! Please know that my prayers have been and continue to be with you. Love coming across the miles, Bonnie!

  21. What a beautiful post Bonnie! I know this is a difficult but exciting time...I know God goes before you and with you. I cannot wait to see where you land and what exciting new things GOD has in store for you! Go in peace and Go in love! Blessings my dear friend!

  22. I know that this is a time of uncertainty, but your faith will carry you wherever you go. Take lots of photos of your space the way it is. Make a little album. Write your stories down. And of course they will forever remain in your heart. Look at this move as the beginning of a beautiful journey. xoxo

  23. "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you". Isn't it a comfort to know that God already knows what is will happen? I know this is hard though. There is so much sentimental value in a home, especially all those memories of your kids. I'm praying for you!

  24. A new chapter in your life. There are some good ideas that some bloggers have given to you.

  25. Prayers for you~ changes can be hard!

  26. Your post was so dear and sweet and touching as you described your life in your home. Pure. Your faith is a blessing to me and I'm sure others. I am excited to see your path unfold.

  27. Sending prayers for peace as you step out in faith to a new adventure! I think I'd struggle greatly if I needed to sell my home, I feel the way you do about your place! So much living!! Believing for great things ahead!! Blessings, Cindy

  28. You almost made me cry. I love your house, tho' I've never been there. God bless you, Friend. The big plus will be being near your Grands and family. I pray it all comes together better than you can even imagine...Don't know if you've noticed on my blog, but we're moving too. I've not had much time to think about it yet.


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