Growth, Life Lessons


May 27, 2017

The polls are out and most seem to agree that moving sucks! Moving from one place to another in the same state can be a very overwhelming process. But moving from state to another state is like spring cleaning on steroids! February 2016 my family and I made it official… we now call Louisiana home again. Not many were aware of the year long process we went through before the official move took place. 

I received the initial orders back in January 2015. To say that I was confused with this new set of orders from God is an understatement. HE was the one who told me to move to the DMV area in the first place. My life was sweet just the way it was. Five years living in Maryland had done my life real good. The growth from December 2010 to January 2016 had been great and I was looking forward to more….and then the orders changed. 

Now I will tell you that one of my first thoughts were to ignore the orders. I mean wouldn’t God understand if I explained why I wanted to stay and give more of my supply to my local ministry? If I promised to appreciate my friends (who had basically become family) more? Surly he would change his mind, right?? NOT! 

Following these new set of orders hasn’t been easy. It has stretched us in ways we never could’ve imagine. Who knew it would take six months for Marquis (my husband) to find a job? Who knew that being around family would prove itself challenging? No one told me that the absence of friends would hurt so bad, and the effort to make new ones would be so overwhelming. 

A place I once called home has often felt like a foreign land. There have been times where I feel like the wind has been knocked out of me in the middle of a dessert without water. While I still don’t know all that this new season has in store for my family and I…I find peace in knowing that God created the orders. Here’s a summary of a few lessons I’ve learned since obeying them. I hope they bless  you as much as they have blessed me. 

1. You can be stretched and strengthened at the same time.

2. Unwavering faith is water to a thirsty soul. 

3. You don’t have to understand to obey

What are your orders? I would love to hear from you!


God’s Daughter.  His wife. Their mother. Your friend.

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  • Reply DeLainna July 3, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    “You don’t have to understand to obey. ” Wow. That is great wisdom. God is working in me in these same areas. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that my life actually doesn’t belong to me but to God in Christ Jesus. I grew up hearing a gospel preached that was self serving. It was always about getting ready for your next blessing. But the Holy Spirit began speaking to my heart (through Gods Word) about denying myself and following Jesus. About loving God and enjoying being His daughter and not just always seeking His hand. And about realizing that He wanted to use me to reach the lost. God bless you sister. I’m so encouraged by your blogs!

    • Reply angelbrantley July 8, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      🙌🙌🙌 I’m so encouraged by your comment. Thanks so much for reading my friend. My prayer is that you continue on your journey of denying yourself….and that you realize in denying yourself you are protected!!!

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