So many thoughts and feelings are coming to my mind. We have been so blessed, and I feel so grateful, more than I could ever express. For the past year, Shane's really struggled in finding new business since the new construction industry has come to a hault. We've actually been amazed that he's been able to hang on to it as long as he has. Just as this job officially came to a close, last week.. we feel blessed more than ever to be able to transition from that job to another very smoothly and quickly. Some good friends of ours are buying our house and are able to purchase it right away. We are moving to an area we are both very comfortable and familiar with, with a lot of friends and family support. Shane's parents have also helped us out so much and have been a big part of this transition in our lives, and we are so grateful to them. We feel truly humbled at the blessings that we have received and how so many things have fallen into place. I also feel sad leaving the wonderful place we have called our home for the past 7 years. The friends, relationships, and our little home. It's all very surreal that we are leaving. But I think that this new chapter in our lives will bring about many wonderful things, and we are so excited for it!
I had a really busy day today. But in the midst of watching kids and hacking down my to do list, I felt this very peaceful feeling, and the tune of "Be Still My Soul" came to my mind. I had no idea what the lyrics to the song were, other than the title of the song. I was so moved I had to immediately find the lyrics and hear the music. The first thing I clicked on was one of the most beautiful renditions of the song I have ever heard in my life. I came to tears as I listened to the beautiful music and read the poetic lyrics.
As I took the time to be still, I felt more than ever that the Lord loves us so much and has truly had a hand in this change in our lives and has watched over us and guided us each step of the way. And it gave me so much comfort. It didn't make my to-do list any shorter, or make me miss my friends any less, but I just was filled with so much happiness and joy in getting things done and moving forward as I contemplated the Lord's hand in our lives and our many blessings. As weird as it sounds, I'm grateful for the trials that I go through, because I learn so much. Also as we celebrated Easter yesterday, I feel a deep gratitude for his Son, Jesus Christ. I know that he not only atoned for our sins, but felt all grief and pain. I feel that he truly understands the things we go through, no matter how big or small it may be. I know that because of His atonement, we can be healed or be eased of every physical, mental, and spiritual pain if we are humble and have faith. And when we receive that healing we can start to understand His perfect love for us, which helps us to better love others as well as ourselves. And in this process comes the greatest learning and knowledge we can ever receive in this life!
The Lord is on thy side!
With patience bear, the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide.
In ev'ry change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul--
Thy best, thy heav'nly Friend
Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul! thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul! the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still, my soul! the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul! when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.