Went for a walk through my backyard and was just blown away by God's goodness. This has been my home for 2 1/2 years.
We had so many different plans for it, so many things to change and do. And though we did some, we barely skimmed the surface. Our 3 bedrooms, 2 baths were supposed to house our family, more specifically our kids.
God had different plans though, instead He brought me a wonderful friend to be like a sister to me. He has filled the seemingly empty void in my heart in so many ways. He filled those empty bedrooms with her friendship and He fulfilled my hopes and dreams of being a mom in a whole different way than I imagined. He filled this house with JOY and He did so abundantly.
He strengthened my marriage, my faith, my relationship with Him as my Daddy, here at this house. I can't tell you how many times I walked the backyard trails for a breath of fresh air and came back refreshed by His presence.
From kayaking in the lake to walking with my first furbaby and my handsome hubby around the 8 acres in the back: I am one blessed woman.
Sure, some things don't turn out the way we plan but I couldn't be more thankful that God's plans are not mine-- that they are higher than mine.
I sure am going to miss this view but I am ready for what's next.
The place where God has called me "where my trust is without borders". Ha- I sang that song for years and couldn't fathom what that looked like, now I know. It looks like the heart God has given me for the orphans awaiting our arrival in Haiti. It looks like the sweet face of five year old Mary... needing someone to love her unconditionally and teach her there will never be a day she is not loved. It looks like us getting to teach these kids that God says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love..." Jeremiah 31:3.
After all this is just a house, but home will be wherever He leads.
Please consider partnering with us through prayer and financial means while we move forward on the path God is leading.
Don't let your humble abode be in material houses; instead make it in the eternal blessings the Lord promises. Abide in Him friends, Abide in Love.
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Kristen & Alex Bradshaw