A Year Ago We Moved to Atlanta...

It was a year ago today that my husband and I packed all our belongings into boxes, shoved them into a moving truck, and drove 1,000 miles to our new home in Atlanta. Even when we were strategically piling wedding presents and parcels onto the truck, we had no idea what really would await us down South. We had no idea what this new life would look like; it all was pretty much in the air. It was our first real leap of faith together as a couple.

As most of you know, my husband and I met and dated long-distance for the first 10 months of our courtship. He had long-intended to spend his summer in Grand Rapids with me, but when we got engaged and decided to get married over the summer,
we had a decision to make: Stay in Michigan or move to Atlanta?

There were benefits and drawbacks to each option:

In Michigan, I had a well-paying, full-time job with good benefits. In this economy, that is not to be taken lightly. 

However, it would mean having to figure out an alternative for Michael finishing up college. Ultimately, our goal is that when we start our family, he will be the breadwinner so that I can stay home and raise our kids (which is the way both of us were raised and has been my heart’s desire for raising my own family). So it was very important that we not delay him finishing up his degree and getting a job, plus he was studying to be a teacher and the teaching market is pretty nonexistent in Michigan, so we guessed that eventually we’d have to move anyway for him to find a job. (Turns out the teaching market in Georgia is no better!)

Moving to Atlanta, though, was full of question marks. Michael would be able to finish up his last year in college, uninterrupted. He had a scholarship that would cover his entire tuition, which we both consider a great perk because we want to keep our debt to a minimum--even if it is “good debt.” However, it would mean me leaving my job and us not knowing what we would do for income or how we would get by.

Once Michael moved to Grand Rapids, we spent the first month praying about this decision until we ultimately decided to make the decision in favor of our future rather than our current circumstances: We would move to Atlanta.

Now, at the time, as I was praying through it, I didn’t feel that we had to move to Atlanta. I really felt like God impressed upon me that both decisions were good decisions and either one would be OK. 

However, the Atlanta decision was a greater leap of faith while staying in Grand Rapids would mostly be made out of fear of the unknown. And I don't want to live based on fear. With that on my heart, we decided in favor of moving to Atlanta.

And I have to say it was a great decision. 

Time after time, God has awed me with his provision and blessing during this move, from a surprisingly steady income to enough wedding money to pay for our entire move down here, and then some. 

We continue to thank God for each day he has given us, our manna that provides us with our daily bread. Leaping into the fog of question marks has been an incredible lesson for us, and a great way to start off our marriage, if you ask me. We're still walking through those question marks, but each time we do, God always comes to the rescue and, in doing so, builds my faith more and more.

Though we still don’t know what awaits us or how this will all work out, we continue to trust that he will be faithful to his Word and his name: Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider.

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  1. God's peace really does provide all that we need during difficult times. We just have to trust Him & know that He is there ♥ What a wonderful post!

  2. My fiance and I are were long distance for quite a bit too. I'm glad you wrote about this today because we are currently trying to settle on a place to live.

  3. What a great story.
    Stepping out in faith takes courage
    but in doing so you grow SO much
    i feel like this last year we've been in a similar boat
    and my relationship with God and Ted has greatly benefited

  4. Thanks for all the lovely comments, gals! It means so much to hear them and to hear that others are going/have gone through similar things. It's beautiful to see the stories God's weaving in all our lives and how they connect!!

  5. Carmen - I relate so much to this blog. My husband Justin and I moved to Ann Arbor right after our wedding last summer for him to start grad school. We too made the decision to move knowing it was full of question marks, but also hoping it would force us to trust God. God has definitely provided. And although moving, getting married, job searching, and starting over in a new city was a lot to handle all at once -- it has been really great for our marriage. It's truly forced us to be a team and work through every little decision about our new life together (for better or worse!). Justin and I often make decisions to practice acting out of trust rather than fear. I love being comfortable and having everything planned out so it's been a challenge for me! In addition, our goal is also to get to a point some day where I can be a stay at home mom while Justin works -- sometimes it's overwhelming to make decisions now about something that seems far away, but it's good discipline. Anyway...just wanted to say I totally relate and am grateful for the reminder that God is our Jehovah Jireh(a name of God's that my mom always uses!).


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