Only the Size of A Mustard Seed

{Necklace from Allie M Designs on Etsy}

Wowsers and Yikes! Two weeks have passed so quickly and so much has happened in the past 14 days!

Two weeks ago (on the 25th) we headed to Colorado in search of a place to lay our heads and call home for a time as we adjust to Colorado living and decide where we want to plant ourselves long term. It was a long and somewhat grueling process which was not what we expected. We began our search in the northern suburbs of Denver and were certain that of the 5 or so places we had scheduled to see we would be able to find just the place, get our deposit down that day and head home soon after. Well, we were sorely disappointed… it did not go at all as we had expected and we were left at the end of day one feeling tired, frustrated and wondering what in the world we were getting ourselves into… had we made a terrible mistake? We asked ourselves… what now?!?

So, we took the kids to the pool at our hotel… gathered our thoughts… prayed (a lot) and decided to press on. The next day we found a new area to search and upon pulling into the new town, we knew this was a much better fit for our family. With it being a holiday weekend, it was difficult to get ahold of people in order to see the potential homes and so we decided we needed to stay an extra day or two. At which point we switched hotels and started part two of our journey. It was almost immediately more exciting and we had so much more peace about it all.

By then end of the day Tuesday things seemed to be coming together… we had several good options and were hopeful we would be able to put a deposit down and have a place secured, which is what we had set out to accomplish on our trip.

Wednesday, after seeing two more places we were able to make a decision, put a deposit down and even sign our lease… SUCCESS! We had accomplished our goal and checked one more “big” thing off our list. The next hurdle… finding a job.

This adventure has brought a lot of ups and downs, a large gamut of emotions… including a lot of fear… a couple of times we’ve considered calling the whole thing off. But, when we push the fear aside we are left with faith… and as Matthew 17:20 says… “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

All it takes is faith as small as a mustard seed… those aren’t very big and I have to say there’s been moments I could barely muster faith that big… but we’ve persevered, we’re setting out to finish this “race”… who would have thought that chasing a dream would be this tough… but at times it has been, but we are trusting that on the other side all of this work, all of the emotion, the fear, the challenges and difficulties, the effort… we are trusting that all of it will be worth it and if all else fails, it will at least be an adventure that caused growth and a learning experience.

Some really great quotes I found, (because I couldn’t choose just one):

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
Robert Cushing

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life. 
Herbert Otto

If we all did the things we are capable of,
we would astound ourselves.
Thomas Edison

 So, whatever challenge your facing today or whatever dream you are dreaming of… I encourage you to press on, keep going, take baby steps and don’t give up. Trust God, find that faith, even if a mustard seed sized faith is all you can muster and trust that it’s all going to work out. Even if in the end you find yourself only learning a lesson, learn it with all your might and allow it to help you grow.

James 1:2-4 says  “ Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Oh! And just in case you’re wondering… the town we settled on… Fort Collins, CO! It’s a great city with a special place in our hearts that I’ll share another day… and in just a couple more weeks we’ll be there and I’ll be able to share our adventures in our new city with you! Can’t wait!

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