I have known Sarah my whole life. We have videos of us as children during Thanksgiving, which has now been a tradition for 30+ years. Sarah is my best friend, my Arizona dreamer, my adventure partner, and my faith encourager. Many people ask why I moved to Arizona. The best answer I can give is a leap of faith, but it all started with Sarah’s brave decision to say YES to the Lord calling her to Arizona. She invited me along and the rest is history. Sarah’s YES to the Lord not only changed her life, but also mine. I will forever be grateful for her YES. Sarah’s story is one of God’s provision for our lives, which is always better than we imagine, and His faithfulness to provide where He guides us.
Have you ever had the feeling that God was placing something on your heart so very strongly you just couldn’t ignore it? You want to ignore the feeling, because it may not be convenient. You may not be blissfully happy, but you are comfortable with your life, content with what you have and where you are going…. but then, God speaks to you in such a way that you have absolutely NO CHOICE but to follow what you know God is so strongly calling you to do. This is my story of how God uprooted me, changed my life entirely for the better, and all for His glory.
Around two & a half years ago, I was living a pretty comfortable life. I had a “good” job (although I hated it and knew I wanted/needed more, but it paid the bills & I knew how to do my job well) I had a cute little Queen Anne apartment, lots of friends and lots of happy hours lined up each week. My life was nice. I had no complaints. But I felt something missing and I knew deep down that there MUST be more. I always thought the “more” would come when I was married, maybe had a few kids and was “more of an adult”.
But I felt something missing and I knew deep down that there MUST be more. I always thought the “more” would come when I was married, maybe had a few kids and was “more of an adult”.
Then it happened. My boss and I had a disagreement in regards to another co-worker. No yelling, no big fight- just a discussion where I felt like many employees often do, unappreciated & frustrated. Literally during this conversation, which I went into stressed out, I felt the presence of God and He laid something so powerful & profound on my heart.
It was actually both a physical and spiritual feeling where I so strongly felt Him telling me to leave my job- and Seattle- and the very comfortable life I lived- and pick up & move to Arizona. I wish I could accurately describe the feeling, but I can’t. It was and still is indescribable. God placed moving to Phoenix on my heart and while I was scared (very scared) I followed what He told me to do because I KNEW He would be faithful. I definitely struggled at times (I had to get my ducks in a row & moved about four months after I had this feeling) knowing I would be leaving family, friends, an income- but when you do what God tells you, He ALWAYS provides. And provide in a few very incredible ways is exactly what he did.
Saying Yes to God was the best and most fulfilling decision I ever could have made. My heart is bursting with gratitude and I am in awe of His faithfulness and goodness.
The blessings that followed me leaving Seattle were so much better than I ever could have imagined. God continued to place big dreams on my heart, all while giving me the courage to fulfill my dreams. One of those dreams included moving to Rome, Italy for three months in the fall of 2014 and achieving my goal of exploring every inch of the city while living like a local and working at a convent at the Vatican. You can read one of my final blog posts from my time in Roma in 2014. I feel it describes my experience & how grateful my heart was and continues to feel. Once I left Roma, God gave me the courage to go on and pursue a Master’s degree at Arizona State University, another lifelong dream. I graduated in May 2016 and will be enrolling in a PhD program in the fall of 2017 (yet another dream I will accomplish, with God’s guidance and blessings).
Saying Yes to God was the best and most fulfilling decision I ever could have made. My heart is bursting with gratitude and I am in awe of His faithfulness and goodness. There is no doubt that when God lays something on your heart- no matter how scary or unexpected it might be- He will fulfill His promises. And His promises will be better than you could have imagined. I truly feel God wants us to live our very best lives & when we follow our hearts, our stories all lead to His glory.