19 February 2014

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

So, hey!  We moved to California!  Sha-bam!  How about that.  And, of all places, we have landed in San Diego.  Fact: Of all the places I thought we might end up, San Diego was... not even on the list.  But, let me tell you, we are SO HAPPY to be here.

People have asked lots of questions before/during/after/allthetime about our plans, this move, why San Diego, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.  You know, there are a lot of answers I can and sometimes do give, but a lot of times, I do my best to awkward sidestep and move the conversation along to different avenues*. Let me now give the only answer that is really of any significance and is as close to full disclosure as I will give: We are doing our best to follow God's will for us.

I believe in God.  I believe in a God who hears and answers prayers.  I believe in revelation, as in communication direct from heaven meant directly for me (and my family).  And I believe that God, who is literally my very loving Father in Heaven, has a plan for us and work for us to do.

Right now San Diego is a part of that plan.  Of this I have no doubt.  Since moving here, there have been so many, many, many blessings that I cannot help but see the hand of God clearing every imaginable roadblock in our way.  That doesn't mean it has been easy.  In fact, most of these last 6 months have been very, very hard.  Full of blessings.  And hard.

But today.  Today God moved an immovable mountain for me.  Today I remembered that miracles are real. He looked down from heaven and saw that I was scared, tired, and trying so very hard to trust in Him and He didn't just help me, He picked me up Himself and gave me a gift that I had already come to accept wasn't mine to receive.  But He let me have it.  And I cried in disbelief and gratitude.  Today this promise came true:

We acknowledge that your path will at times be difficult. But I give you this promise in the name of the Lord: rise up and follow in the footsteps of our Redeemer and Savior, and one day you will look back and be filled with eternal gratitude that you chose to trust the Atonement and its power to lift you up and give you strength.
President Uchtdorf (here)

*The questions we have asked God, the financial details of our life, all the nitty gritty details are something we feel are too personal to share with most people.  In trying to find the balance of how much to share, we prefer to err on the side of keeping it to ourselves too much.