It is official - our family is moving again. We will be moving to Boonville, MO to be closer to Paul's parents. Paul has always wanted to move to be near his family, but I was always very reluctant. I USED to be jealous of his family. He loves them so much and they are all so tight-knit. Honestly, I hated the competition... There was no way that I would ever go there! But, God has changed all that now! Since God's Holy Spirit changed my life, I actually look forward to going to see his family. And, when we visit there I make great efforts to love them and be lovable. (This is no easy task, because I have been so unapproachable for so long.)
Paul put in his resignation at the church last night. He made it clear that he wants to be closer to his family and this is not about moving away from the church... there was a time that that would have been the motive, but not now. He will preach through August 10th, then we will be finished here. We hope to find housing and employment in Boonville soon.
I have said in previous posts that moving used to be a sort of escape for me, that I loved moving because I loved the change. The problem was that the old Bethany I hated so much followed me everywhere! I never could escape myself! As a result we have moved more times that I can count and looked in many corners of the US for contentment. I never could find contentment in a place! I never understood that contentment is only found in a person. God, through His Holy Spirit has granted me more contentment that I could ever dream possible!
I no longer need to move to try to find happiness! We are moving simply because it is the right thing to do! I see this being a permanent move. Sure, there may be changes in renting/buying etc, but I think we will probably stay in the Boonville area forever. I am finally submitting to Paul in this matter of his family.