I have been keeping a BIG secret!
We’re going to… Oxford!
My husband got accepted to begin his PhD studies in Old Testament at Oxford University in England and we are moving there in about a month! (***Moving in January 2021).
There’s really no other way to explain this than that it is all by God’s grace. When he applied we were not sure that he would get accepted. Then when he got accepted, we had no idea how we would pay for school and living there. Then God took care of that too. And then the lockdown happened with the virus and we thought that would stop our plans. But God has taken care of all of that too. God has plowed through all of these obstacles, making them seem like nothing. And, most of all, He has plowed through our own doubtful hearts, showing us that, yes, He can do anything, and, yes, He can make anything happen despite the odds against us.
Isn’t that just like our God? Using these unknown circumstances to show that He is in control and He will work out His plan no matter what? I’m glad to say that it is and I can see Him at work in our lives to push us into this new chapter.
And, here we are, just waiting for visa approval and a month out from flying around the world to our new home! There will surely be many changes, but as we prepare to move, and the time gets closer and closer, I am just so, so excited. Not only for this amazing opportunity for my husband to study at one of the most prestigious schools, but just for the adventure of it all. Flying overseas, living in another country, experiencing it all with my little family.
I grew up as a missionary kid and we moved around quite a bit as a family. The time I’ve spent here in Southern California has actually been the longest I’ve ever lived in one place! Suffice it to say, I am ready for a new adventure. And, when God has made so many things happen for us to go, it makes me even more excited to see what He will do with this change.
Follow Along With Us!
So, follow along with us as I will be posting a few things related to traveling, packing, minimalism (we’re only taking some books and what will fit in our suitcases! Eeek!), and my new life as an expat in England. And, if you’re not following me already, I post daily on my Instagram.
But, not to worry, I will always post what I’m learning about God and how my theology still influences and guides my life. And, really, even in this big time of change for my family, I still need to spend time getting to know God and getting to know His Word. In fact, when we go through big life changes or transitions, it is even more vital to spend time with God who is unchanging, ever-loving, and all-powerful. So please keep an eye out for the rest of my posts about the Psalms this month. And then, beginning in September, I will start a study of short theology lessons that we can learn together. Short because I will have so much to do in getting ready to move! But also because we can learn a lot about God in a short study.
Whew… now I’ve finally gotten to tell you all! I’m so excited to share this adventure with you and take you along with us as we move and grow as a family.
P.S. If you have any tips for flying with an almost-three-year-old, ideas for indoor activities (we have to quarantine upon arrival), or any other tips for living in England… please let me know!