On naming this blog

Ava’s first four months were really hard. She was small and had feeding troubles and food allergies, and we were in constant motion caring for her and Elijah. But most of the issues were things we thought would get easier over time. Once she can breastfeed, we’ll turn a corner and life will get easier…once she is bigger & doesn’t have to eat so often, we’ll turn the corner…once she is stronger, we’ll turn the corner.

But what looked like a three week endurance became six, and then nine…and finally around the end of July I decided I needed to stop looking for corners and trust God for each day as its own day, not as a step toward something Else that would bring relief.

Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

The moment God took me back to that passage was the moment I realized I needed to see our Hard Thing not as a short season to endure, but as part of what was becoming our New Thing. And with this came some relief. Many times in life God has cleared a path for me to walk down in places where I didn’t think it was possible to go, places I didn’t want to go, or ones in which I just didn’t see the use…because he loves doing new things in spite of our drift toward the comfortable, safe, familiar, or just preferred paths.

So, we are finding our way in the wild now. 


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