LIVING WITH THE INLAWS
"Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality." Romans 12:13
Before I go into how living with my in-laws was like..how about a quick life update? The Lord sold our home back in November and our plans were to move back into the little house right by Mike's parents' house. Well on moving day as we started to pile in our stuff, we noticed space was filling up quickly with very little space left for us to actually live in. Which left us no other option but to move in with Mike's parents (uninvited haha but hey they are our parents right?!) So off we went!
"A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9
In my walk with the Lord, a common theme has been how much God changes my plans. I am a planner by nature, I will lay in bed at night and go over the next day over and over, making sure I cover all areas. Well moving in with Mike's parents, was a huge change in our plans, a pretty inconvenient one. Not on our part but for them. You see we have two dogs (annoying needy ones I must add) and busy schedules we dreaded the thought of burdening others. But if we are familiar with the Lord's ways, we are aware that he is not concerned about keeping us in our comfort zones. During this home sale/home searching process, the Lord has sanctified us. He has taught us to be completely reliant on him. I can't even begin to express how many hours were spent praying over every decision, whether big or small. During this time the Lord showed us how self-reliant we had become going to the Lord for very little. Reminding me that Jesus did not come for the healthy but for the sick. "And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.'" Mark 2:17
I am so thankful the Lord had us move in with Mike's parents it turned out to be such a wonderful blessing. Yes, our dogs were an annoyance, but we made it work and Bentley their golden pup was such a good friend to Roman! I have known MIke's family for 10 years now but living with them at least for me made us feel like family. During my time there Mrs. Trivett (Mike's mother) taught me so much. I learned so much from her, she was a living example of what a forgiving heart looked like. She was also a demonstration of the power a silent and submissive spirit. It was also so special to see Mike and his dad constantly hangout like buddies. Whether it was playing pool, watching a game, or conversating for long hours. The Lord knew what we needed and through it, we were sanctified.
Whatever stages in life you are in I encourage you to walk in confidence in the Lord. His ways are greater than ours, His plans are covered in truth and shielded with His righteousness.