Our great adventure.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

via Instagram @whitneynewby
Since Friday, we've had two major milestones on our journey to whatever this next season holds:
1. Shawn put in his two weeks notice.
2. We sold about half of our stuff.

Shawn leaving his job has been on our hearts and our prayer lists for months, so it wasn't a quick decision at all. We had just begun praying specifically about him being done at the end of May when we found out we had to be out of our house at the end of May, which actually felt really confirming. I mean, why not do it all at once? :) By June 1, we'll officially have no job and no house. And for some reason, we don't feel anxious about it at all. (More on that later.) Our main reason for him leaving his job is that our business is growing and thriving and I desperately need his help. But we also feel like there's another piece to the puzzle that even we aren't aware of yet. Still, it was a big step of faith to leave a consistent salary, great benefits, and a company car behind.

We also decided to sell lots of our stuff: furniture, baby things, home decor, and just the "stuff" that accumulates over time. We want to be as mobile as possible, without a lot that has to be moved. We set out to have a garage sale on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, it rained for the entire time, but we still had quite a bit of traffic. Saturday was much, much slower, and toward the last couple hours, I told Shawn we'd probably need to have another sale next weekend because we had so much left over. (Oh me of little faith!) Well, toward the end of the sale, we got quite a bit more traffic and things were selling left and right. A microwave, a TV, a large chair, some shelves... it was all finding new homes and we were so happy about it. We'd decided to end at 2:00pm, and right at 2:00, a lady came by and asked what price we could give her if she would buy everything that was left. Only God. We gave her a price, she paid us, we packed it up, and she hauled it off. Every single thing had sold. We sat there, stunned, praising the Lord that He had come through in such a miraculous way.

via Instagram @whitneynewby
We've felt the Lord's presence in these last few weeks more than ever. We know that this next season will (obviously) involve a move. Across town? Across the country? Across the ocean? We don't know. We pray it will involve living in a city, as that's where our hearts really are. We also know that this next season will involve our business, Brighter Day, and we are praying for wild success on that front.

Beyond that, we don't know. We're open to wherever the Lord may send us, and are thankful that we're in a place that requires so much faith that He will continue to lead us and provide for us. We're traveling light, ready to go wherever He opens doors.

11 comments:

  1. Wow Whitney, what amazing affirmations from the Lord! Thanks for sharing - it is comforting for me to read about God's faithfulness through your story and be reminded that He will be faithful in mine too.

    I look forward to hearing where He leads your family!

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  2. One of my favorite quotes is "Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith" ~ Margaret Shepherd. You are stepping out in faith and trusting; G-d never fails us, I am excited for your family and looking forward to see where His plans lead. G-d bless you always~

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  3. That's so awesome you're letting go of everything and giving it to God. You remind me of Jennie Allen the author of "Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul". You should really read the book if you get a chance :)God has such a great plan for your family!

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  4. Wow! What a huge leap you're taking!! I cant wait to see how God uses you, Shawn, and Liam to bring glory to Himself.

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  5. Wow! How confirming - God is blessing your faithfulness and trust at every step. What an inspiration you are. Praying that I can also trust Him that deeply and be unafraid to do things that seem huge. Nothing is impossible with God!

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  6. Oh boy, isn't living for God such an adventure?! I think it's a common misconception that when you're living in God's will everything will just be super easy and fall right into your hands. No way! Living in God's will requires bravery. Sometimes He asks us to just give everything up, turn our two weeks notice in, and have faith that He'll provide. It's an adventure, but one I wouldn't trade for the world! Thank you for sharing your story! Your faith is encouraging :)

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  7. So many praises! The yard sale, the success of Brighter Day, the leap of faith you are taking. Rick and I left our jobs at our church in Florida over a year ago. When people have asked us why we moved to Knoxville, we've always known our answer is simply Jesus and His call. There are days I thought people would think we were foolish when we explained that, but I know after walking through it that that is the least foolish thing that could be on our hearts. You are walking with Him the way we were created to. I'm so proud of you and Shawn and thankful to watch your journey. I love how you both are following God in the area He has given you great influence: Brighter Day. That really is a blessing and a door only He could open. I can't wait to see what Brighter Day will become as you step out in faith and free up your time and resources to be used by God. I am so rooting for you, and praying not just for success, but that you will see God's path clearly and follow without resistance. Praying you into the unknown, friend.

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  8. God never ceases to amaze me. He truly is an amazing and all powerful God! I am so happy that your garage sale went well, and I will continue to pray that He leads you and your sweet family in the right direction, as I know He will!

    Love and Blessings,
    Jenna

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  9. What an encouragement to see God confirming your steps! My husband and I are also waiting on God for some big stuff come the beginning of next month, and I was uplifted to read how God is already answering your prayers, even if all the puzzle pieces aren't in place as of yet. Thank you for sharing your story!

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  10. That last line "we re traveling light" know you mean it literally but it hit me figuratively too! You are traveling The Light too! Always see His Faithfulness here! So excited for this adventure I will pray and can't wait to see His work and timing unfold! It truly is a brighter day!

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  11. I liked reading about your new adventures! I am sure, it will be a great experience for all of you, and as soon as God is in your hearts, the things will work out perfectly fine!

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