God is so faithful. He is leading us into a new season and we cannot be more excited about it! This January we will be moving to Graham, TX.
This has actually been what feels like a long time coming for us. Both my husband, Buddy, and I were born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. We loved our city and we seriously thought we would be “Fort Worthians” for life. However, in January of 2018 we decided to help out our church’s new location opening in Graham which is 2 hours from Fort Worth. Buddy was all for it but I was quite hesitant. My dad is from Graham and I had spent quite a bit of time out there and I am not going to lie, I didn’t see it any more than a random small town. I followed Buddy’s leadership and every weekend we drove out there, but every weekend I complained about it. It wasn’t that it was bad, it was that I worked in Dallas and my daily commute was a round trip of 3 hours and the last thing I wanted to do on my weekends was another 4 hour round trip. I also didn’t see the point on making connections with people when we were only going to be out there for a short while.
3 months into the year I quit my job in Dallas. It was here that the Lord started prepping our hearts. I was desperate for community and since we didn’t have that or even really wanted that in Fort Worth, we started actually investing in the people and the city of Graham. We still didn’t know what God had planned for us yet. I had gotten a new job in Fort Worth, we lived Downtown, we just got a new car that surely isn’t suitable for country life, and we were getting ready to renew our lease in July. We had no intentions of leaving.
Fast forward to July 2018. We were making amazing friendships and yet we also felt like we were missing out on a lot. We had fallen in love with the town, the people, the culture, and everything. I had heard the Lord’s call for us to move but Buddy hadn’t heard it yet. Then, one morning while we were on our way to church, making that long Sunday drive, Buddy started talking about Graham and instantly got emotional. It was then that we realized this wasn’t us, this was God. We prayed, looked at our finances, and felt like January of 2019 was the best time.
We moved in with my parents when our lease was up to save money, we applied to jobs, we looked at houses, apartments, and everything between. We tried moving earlier but clearly that wasn’t in God’s plan. This whole time we were telling people that we were moving in January and yet when they asked us about work and living, we had no answer but that “God will provide”.
There were a few times that I doubted that we would move. I had been applying for jobs and had a few interviews but the positions weren’t opening for a few months after January. We tried to get a house but nothing felt right and they never pulled through. By the time December came around there was still no promise, no place to live, no jobs, and we were just hit with one of the most expensive months in November with a lot of surprise financial obligations. My husband, being one of the most faith filled people I have ever met in my entire life, wasn’t worried one bit. I was worried.
We prayed that if Graham was meant to be then we would know because God would work in our favor and let it happen, not by us trying to force it, but simply allowing God to take control. My good friend, Darbie, encouraged me to take steps in faith towards what God had for us, so we did. We got a town-home style apartment and our set our move-in date for the first weekend in January. A week later I had an interview with a radio station and although I felt under qualified since I had no experience in radio, I went anyways and it turned out to be the perfect fit for me and I was hired with my start date on the first week of January.
Even just the other day I was stressing because moving isn’t cheap but I am and I don’t like that it is going to cost us money. But through all of this we have seen God’s hand and work in our life. He said January and he did not fail us. He has shown us his favor and his love for us through it all. I have seen how freeing it is to allow God to work on our behalf as we trusted him because when I was trying to force it myself nothing happened the way I wanted it to and it stressed me out. He is so faithful and all of this is because of him.
We will miss Fort Worth, especially with me being the most typical city girl you have ever met in your whole life, but we know that the joy and promise God has for us in Graham is greater than everything we could have if we were in the city and not following God’s plan for our lives. Being obedient to his word has been the most rewarding growth in our relationship that I could explain.
“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands…” 2 John 1:6a