When your heart begins to pull you towards something, a fire begins within you. You're overcome with excitement and eagerness for this dream, and you begin to be consumed until ignoring that calling cannot go on any longer.
As you step onto the path of the unknown, you learn to trust the process. You lean on God, you trust that He will provide; if it is His will, He will be faithful. But it isn't always easy. The truth is that there are days when following your heart feels like following a deer who knows the path, gracefully running as you stumble behind trying to keep up. When the journey of following this calling, this pull my heart has, becomes overwhelming and I wonder what it would be like to stop chasing it and turn around.
The process of following your heart will not be been black and white. Choosing to sell our house, move out into the country, and begin our homestead did not miraculously make all of life's struggles go away, even though in my heart I knew it was the right thing to do. Coming to that conclusion, really, was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do and brought me to some of the hardest choices I'd ever have to make. It meant giving up the home we had made our own, where we had brought our babies home to, and where we had so many memories. It meant leaving behind a job that I had poured my identify into and loved passionately. It meant letting go of my grasp on attempting to control my life and choosing to hand over the reigns. And through it all, I've trusted my heart, I've trusted the Lord, and today I am seeing the rewards of that trust.
As I wake up in the morning, I am greeted by the sounds of our animals. I am surrounded by nature in God's beautiful creation. I am home with my little ones each and every day, and I am able to laugh with them, love on them, and hold them just as I've always wanted. As I walked back from the garden last night, I felt the truth of all of these things. I watched the sun cast its evening magic on the trees. I heard the kids playing in the field. I could see the chickens scratching through the woods, and the cows waited at the fence for me, hoping for some ear scratches. These were things I had yearned for, prayed for, begged for...and they are reality. They are here.
So, friends, let me encourage you. Choosing to follow your heart may mean that you will have to sacrifice. It may mean that you will have to leave what is comfortable and leave what you know to enter into the unknown. It may mean that you will have to trust God like you've never trusted Him before. Yet, there is reward in this trust. If God has willed it, He will lead you where you need to go, and He will provide. You will be ok, and your faith, your health, and your mind will be better when it's all said and done.
So don't hold back. Don't be afraid to go where your heart is calling. It will be a journey, and it will be hard. But you're not alone, and the reward is coming.
Take care friends,
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