Quick update on us... we don't have a lot of answers.
Between French lockdowns, children's visas not being issued, and school start dates, we're still not sure what the next few weeks hold for our family.
I literally laugh out loud when I say something like, "We might be moving to another country in a few weeks... or not."
We explained to the kids what our different options might be for moving to France and starting school. They had a lot of questions, but they're being so gracious with all of the unknowns. Lucy laughed when she asked me, "How will you know when to pack??"
We have our paperwork in order to go to a visa interview appointment as soon as that becomes a possibility. We're working closely with our school in France and supervisors to make this happen as soon as possible. However, there are so many elements out of our control.
"How are you handling all of this?" is a question I get a lot. A lot.
Let me share with you a song and a psalm that hold truths that I'm clinging to right now.
I'm completing an online Bible study on the Psalms with Jen Wilkin's church in Texas right now, and I'm so thankful for the ways I'm learning to interact with Scripture. Everything from the Lord is so timely and this has been a PERFECT time to learn how to better communicate and process my feelings through prayer, using the Psalms as a guide.
In the Psalms, I see the attributes of God - His sovereignty, His omnipotence, His kindness, His nearness, His grace. My soul truly finds rest in God alone.
From Psalm 37
Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD
trust in Him, and He will act.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him
As I sit here wondering what I should be doing to speed up the process or make something happen, I have found that I must be reminded continually of what I must do...
trust, delight, commit, trust, be still, wait patiently
So, yes, I am making packing lists and double checking our paperwork. But, more importantly, I am learning to be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
And my favorite song at the moment?
"Ancient of Days"
Though the nations rage Kingdoms rise and fall There is still one King Reigning over all So I will not fear for this truth remains: That my God is the Ancient of Days
(Chorus) None above Him, none before Him All of time in His hands For His throne it shall remain and ever stand All the power, all the glory I will trust in His name For my God is the Ancient of Days
Though the dread of night Overwhelms my soul He is here with me I am not alone O His love is sure and He knows my name For my God is the Ancient of Days
Though I may not see What the future brings I will watch and wait For the Saviour King Then my joy complete standing face to face In the presence of the Ancient of Days
Please pray for our family...
Pray for our visa process, French lockdown lifting, wisdom in timeline, and that we'll be able to go to France.
Pray for our hearts as we wait, adjust plans, and shepherd our children through it all!