It is official. The Riddles are moving to N. Carolina at the end of this month. (Yes, that’s like in 11 days!) Some of you may have already heard that we were relocating. Some of you may even say, “I thought you were already gone!” LOL But honestly up until this week, nothing has been set in stone. But then…suddenly.
I’ll share more on this later, but basically, about 9 months ago, we began to sense the shift and knew that God was getting ready to relocate us. Over time, and only through prayer, we began to realize it would involve N. Carolina. But this whole time, we still haven’t known exactly where or when. Jobs were not confirmed, we didn’t have a specific date, didn’t know where the kids would be attending school, didn’t even know where to start looking for housing, etc. But nonetheless, we placed our house on the market and in faith began packing, praying for guidance, taking one step at a time, waiting, holding on tightly to His word (even when nothing seemed to be happening), and learning patience and trust at a whole new level.
That might sound spiritually and/or emotionally exhausting. But in all honesty, I can say that we are stronger and more energized than we have ever been and there is so much peace and excitement in our hearts as we look forward to what is in store for us as a family.
To give you a snapshot: We’ll be living in Raleigh, NC. (Cary, to be exact, if you know the area). Steve will be leaving the company he’s been at for the last 24 years and has accepted a position as a Sales Manager for a private Canon dealership. He will still be working in the same industry, drawing from his years of experience, but is very excited about the vision and values by which this new family-owned company operates.
Luke and Skylar are both very excited about the move and will be starting a new adventure of their own in a year-round school. I’m personally very excited about this and though the concept is new to me, from what I’ve learned it looks incredible. The students attend the same amount of school days per year, they’re just stretched out over a full year calendar. So basically they’re on for 9-weeks, and then take 3-week breaks at the end of each 9-week period. They also have the typical Spring Break / Christmas Holidays (which was Luke’s first question). I love the idea of a sustained year-long schedule with a healthy rhythm that keeps their minds stimulated, as opposed to taking such a huge break over the Summer. I think it will also make planning family vacations and getaways easier. We’ll see!
As for me? Well, that chapter is still yet to be written. I will of course continue on in my calling and while I have a great sense of what God will have me doing, the one thing He keeps saying is, “You’ll know it more clearly when We get there.” So for now, I feel like my prioritized assignment is getting our family moved, situated and into a healthy rhythm, which I’m excited to do. I do see a new level of writing, teaching and ministering opening up with an added and more intentional focus on the revelatory things of God. But more on that later. I don’t want to jump ahead of myself and while I’m very excited I will wait patiently for it to unfold.
So there you have it! And now I must get back to packing! But I welcome your prayers. I welcome any words of encouragement the Lord may lay on your hearts for me/us. I also welcome anything that may help us get settled more quickly, like if you happen to know the area, or have some great moving/relocating tips, or anything like that. In short, please stay tuned and please stay connected. It helps me to read your posts and feel the strength of your loving words and prayers surrounding us.
Over the next few days/weeks, I’ll be sharing more updates as we go, and I’m also going to share bits and pieces of what I’ve learned and captured as a result of walking through this major transition – in faith. My hope is that if you feel God prompting you to take a leap, or you feel a major life transition may be coming your way, my experience may add strength to you as God continues to guide you through that.
For now, I just want to boldly declare: God is faithful. Trust Him. Take Him at His word. Learn and exercise what it means to walk by faith – not by sight. For when we do, our lives will shift into functioning – not just at a different level, but we will operate in a different dimension altogether.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV
Linda G. Riddle
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