Stepping Forth in Faith in a New Year

Within a three week period we decided it was time for my husband, Aaron, to quit his job and begin a whole new business venture. It has been ruminating in our hearts for several months now. My husband has been working tirelessly. There is so many initial fears that resonated in my heart. I like the security of a regular paycheck. I am comfortable. I like paid vacations and health benefits. We have lived the self-employed lifestyle previously and its hard work. I wasn’t ready to step out again. I had my five year plan in place. But God is graciously reminding me that he doesn’t work in my timetable.

I have been mediating on the life of Rebekah from Genesis 24 lately. Abraham’s servant has been sent to his hometown to find a wife for his son, Isaac. Abraham’s servant asks this young lady to come with him to marry Isaac. Rebekah simply says, “I will go.” In a moment, she was willing to say farewell to all that she had ever known. She knew that potentially she would never she her family and home country again. She was willing to marry a man that she had never met. That is amazing faith. I want that faith. To be so at rest in my Father’s arms that I could willingly walk the unknown path before me.

I don’t know what lies behind the next corner of our lives as we let go of my husband’s job and walk by faith and not by sight. We simply don’t know what it will look like this year. The only thing we can do is strive to be faithful in the knowledge that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Am I willing to take a leap of faith into this unknown? For it is in the unknown that fellowship with my Lord is sweetest. It is in the unknown that God’s mercy is most beautifully manifested. It is in the unknown that our faith is refined and comes forth shining more brightly. Am I willing to simply say with Rebekah, “yes, I will go?” Am I willing to follow my man, to faithfully stand by his side, as I committed to at the altar nearly six years ago?

We can be confident in one thing. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He holds me by the hand and walks before me. I am not alone.

I am excited about the new adventures that life brings with it as we set forth in this new year. We will certainly be living more frugally until his new business gets off the ground. Our budget is being trimmed down significantly. I love how God seeks to stretch our faith and get us out of our comfort zone so we can see His beautiful majesty in a whole new light.

Life is full of new adventures saturated with God’s gifts to be observed and recorded and if I stayed in my comfort zone I surely would not be able to experience them.

In addition to it all, during these past few weeks, I have honestly been really struggling and wrestling with the future of this blog. At the start of a new year I want to get all my ducks in a row, have a wonderful inspiring plan for my writing. I wanted to have amazing themes for this new year. I felt pressured that I need to be this professional, organized blog. But the Lord wasn’t opening these doors. No amazing creative ideas. Was this a sign that this season of blogging was coming to an end? I was willing if God wanted to close these doors. But then I felt the Lord speaking to be gently: “Lindsay, I just want you to be faithful in sharing your messy self with these women. I just want you to share My messages. I don’t want you to be about overwhelming women in all the little things they “should” be doing, but rather encouraging them to press in to know the Lord right where they are at.”

I believe in the importance of sharing my real life messes with you. I’m far from perfect. Daily I must cry out for grace and mercy to walk this rode of mothering and homemaking. I want our team of writers (many thanks to my awesome contributing writers) to be about encouraging you in your homemaking, mothering, and wife-hood. We want to see you grow to see the beauty of your work. It is a glorious task that we have been assigned. We need each other in standing strong even when our culture seeks to make us seem invaluable. But ultimately this is all about Jesus. Everything here is for Him. I want this new year to be flowing with His Spirit in everything that is shared here.

So there you have it. The dawn of a new year. You will still find practical simple living tips and healthy recipes sprinkled here and there. These are part of my day by day passions to live by our family mission to live simply in order to give generously. We’ll be sharing practical ways that you can live a generous missional life in the sphere that God has placed you. But ultimately, our writing will be Spirit led, sharing the day by day struggles to kneel humbly before our Master and offer up our hands and feet to his service.

Will you join us and step into the unknowns of God’s amazing grace for you today?

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About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

108 Responses to Stepping Forth in Faith in a New Year

  1. Kristin January 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Lindsay- I am a regular reader of your blog, although I have never commented before. I did want to share that I find myself coming back to this blog on a regular basis, and I think mostly it’s because you are so transparent and just honestly share how God is working in your life. I have been encouraged to read your life story and am so grateful that you have been willing to be vulnerable and allow God to use the mess. I often feel like a “mess” – and when I read your blog, i feel like I’m listening to a “kindred heart” who is seeking to find God in the middle of the mess and I am encouraged to do the same.

    So thank you for choosing to continue passionate homemaking, thank you for deciding that you will continue to honestly share, and thank you for allowing us to see God’s glory even in the messes of life. He is so good to always meet us where we are, use the trials to change us to become more like Jesus. “Until Christ is formed in us”. . . that’s the goal! Take care!

    • Rachel January 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

      Exactly what I was going to say!! I’ve tried reading alot of other blogs, but end up fading away after a short while. Yours is always inspiring, yet truthful and the ideas are actually tangible and God-honoring and uplifting. Keep doing what you’re doing, if God is still leading you to! We readers love it!

  2. Jenni January 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    I like to read about the struggles, honestly, and grow weary of the trend I see in blogs to constantly tell us to do something. In reference to a blog post of yours after this one, I was also relieved to see that it’s a struggle for you too with three kids. All I can say is that this past year, where we went from two to three boys ages 3 1/2 and under, and moving to a new state where my husband started to attend law school, was exhausting. It was rare to find that time where all three would be asleep at the same time so that I could have some time alone. Now the youngest is 10 months old and sleeping more regularly, and the older two are playing more easily together, so the pressure is easing up a bit.

    Thanks for being honest.

  3. Christine January 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Lindsay,

    I feel so inspired by this post. For the past two years I’ve enjoyed your blog and you’ve provided some fantastic recipes that my family uses daily. But to know that your “messy self” is what’s behind this is such a breath of fresh air. I love how trusting you are in the Lord and that even though you admittedly are facing some strenuous changes, you are looking at them as a positive new adventure that God is gracing you with. Thank you for sharing this. And thank your for praising God in all you do. I look forward to continuing to read your blog and learning where this new adventure will take you and your family. Congratulations!

  4. Talia January 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    I love the way God works. Just as you’re learning this, and then sharing it, I find myself contemplating similar decisions, and having to trust God to step away (a long way away) from family and friends to look at a more sustainable life.

    Thanks for sharing. You’ve given me the kick I needed to trust God and his plans for my life. :-)

  5. Heather January 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Linsay, I am inspired, encouraged, and just plain enjoy your blogs…especially the ones that are more on the “messy self” side. No formalities needed! Having your ups and downs, your prayer requests and reminders of Gods faithfulness, and your daily “real-life” happenings has been a wonderful blessing to me, thank you. May you find peace in your family as things change with his career change, and may God give you and your husband wisdom with the new decisions you will face (business decisions, frugal choices, etc). I know I speak for many when I say y’all are AWESOME…and thanks be to God. :0)