Tom and Laura Clifton, serving as missionaries with FamilyLife, a ministry of Cru.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

We are Moving

For 16 months our house has been up for sale. Over 100 different families have been in and out of our house during that time wondering if our house was right for them. We had planned to take the house off the market at the end of August to get a break from all the showings, but God had a different plan.

On Saturday afternoon we had a showing. I took Courtney school shopping because I had decided that with only 2 weeks left until our house went off the market we weren't going to move. In fact, my heart was no longer in to getting the house ready for a showing. I didn't do all the last minute "touches" to make our house appealing to others. I really didn't care. I was ready to settle in for a year (or two) and make the most of it. I had my plans and I thought I knew what was best for us and I was striving toward it.

When I got home from shopping Tom told me that he met the family that had looked at our house. They were a homeschool family. My inital thought was, "Oh no. I bet they can see themselves living in this house!" Sure enough, before dinner time we had an offer and our lives began to change.

Now I feel like life is moving much too quickly. Tom and I fly out next week to look for houses, and details are floating through my mind constantly about what needs to be done before our house closes on September 21st.

I am thankful for:

  • Ten great years in Little Rock and all the friends we have made here in Arkansas
  • A wonderful church that has encouraged us (and our children) in our walk with God
  • A faithful God who always has our best in mind (and a plan we can trust)
  • Children that don't understand why we need to move but that trust us as parents
  • God's hand in all of this and a teenager that is excited about this opportunity
  • A chance to serve God as a couple (and family) in Washington with FamilyLife

You can pray for:

  • God's peace as we make this transition
  • A home for us in Washington
  • Sleep---with all the details floating around in my head sleep is extremely difficult
  • Safety and protection for us and our children as we travel
  • That our relationship as a family will be stronger during this time and that our hearts will grow closer to God
  • My health--with all sudden stress the Crohn's disease that has attacked my body for the past 4 years is really flaring up and there are no meds that my body will tolerate to help with the symptoms (You could pray for healing too!)
  • Wisdom as we decide what to do for school for Courtney during this transition time

Thank you!!!

1 comment:

  1. I hate that you're moving, but love that Tom will not have to be on the road so much. I hate that I'm losing your kids from church, but I love that they are so trusting. I will miss my sweet friend Laura, but am glad for the many future days that you will not be a temporary single mom. I'm praying for the details, and the God will make this transition smooth and as uncomplicated as possible. I love you, friend!


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