out of my comfort zone | one year in idaho

One year ago we arrived at our new home in Idaho.

I can hardly believe that it has been so long, but at the same time it feels like we've lived here forever.

So much has changed since then.

The place we bought is cleaning up nicely. We've done a lot of work to it.

And my heart -- it has had a lot of work done to it too.

If you had told me that I would be here, even just two short years ago, I never would have believed you.

You see, I'm a homebody. Anyone that knows me could tell you that.

My world has always felt the most right when I am surrounded by family and dear old friends. When I know everyone in church on Sunday morning by name. When I can walk out the back door on a chilly evening and pick the perfect orange.

That right there is my comfort zone. My happy place.

I never wanted to leave it. I never thought that I would.

Funny how God works.

He likes to stretch us and pull us out of the comfortable and put us into the uncomfortable.

And it sure hurts. But then all growing pains do.

That really is the point of all the stretching and pulling and breaking. To grow. To put roots down deep in Christ. That's when the fruit comes after all.

I'll be honest with you, there were, and are still, days when I wonder why we ever did this. Days when I feel angry at God for making me so uncomfortable. Days when I am homesick so bad that it hurts.

But there are also days when I can't get over the beauty of this place. Days when I can't imagine life without our new friends. Days when I am overwhelmed by how good God is to me.

Now that a year has passed those good days have begun to outnumber the bad.

I can drive to the grocery store without getting lost. Faces are becoming familiar. This house feels more like home.

Slowly but surely my world is starting to feel right again.

But it's not because I am surrounded by family and dear old friends. Or because I know everyone in church on Sunday morning by name. Or because I can walk out the back door on a chilly evening and pick the perfect orange.

My world is starting to feel right again because I'm growing and my roots are digging deeper into Christ by the day.

I never thought I could feel this contented so far away from my comfort zone, but I do.

I never thought I could let go of all the things I held most dear, but I have.

I never thought I could be brave enough to take on such a wild adventure, but I am.

All by God's grace.

I want to encourage you today friend:

Be brave. Being afraid won't take you on any adventures.

Let go of all those precious things in your life that you think you can't live without. They will never really satisfy you.

Let God take you out of your comfort zone and transplant you into His perfect plan for you. You're going to stretch and it's going to hurt, but the growing and the root digging and the fruit bearing is so,

SO

worth it.