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A Family Fiat

26007309024_6e4442a4b7It all began with one, simple prayer. A Husband and wife devoted not only to each other, but to Jesus Christ. It was a cold Chicagoland December, the beginning of Advent, and the awakening of a new calling for this family.

Yes Lord, Your servants are listening. A simple yes. That is all it took between my husband and me. This fiat will prove to be the monumental leap of complete blind faith in our Lord.

My husband and I wanted to create a deeper intimacy with each other after a time of spiritual dryness in our home. Advent came, and we started reading our friend’s first published book, Couples Advent Devotional, and the proverbial veil was lifted.

Each prayer gave us more clarity. It was time to move. For many years, we both had been called to “move”, but over these years the Holy Spirit had been guiding us to spiritually move individually, within our vocation of marriage, to move with homeschooling in different ways…I could go on. God has been calling us to move in many different ways. But December 2015, He had called us to move out of our home.

We had to discuss how to get out of our home financially. After research and discussions with a realtor and our lender, we had to begin the short sale process. This was humbling for us both, but we felt a supernatural peace that we know God graced us with. We prayed for discernment multiple times a day. We have remained in this prayerful state and know this is God’s will for our family.

Last year, my parents relocated to South Carolina. We decided we needed to relocate ourselves. God wants us out of Illinois, and we wanted out as well! However, we needed to be sure this was God’s will and not just our own selfish desire to be close to my parents and other family.

We have devoted time to pray individually and together daily throughout this whole process. It has been a whirlwind of a few months, but as the new year has created new beginnings for us, we realized that God has been preparing us for this move longer than we had known.

…but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. ~ Mark 4:19

Looking back, I am certain our Heavenly Father had been trying to tell us to move for a while. My faithful family was so busy that we became distracted with our schedule to actually sit and listen like good little children.

Sometimes, God has to slap us down in order to really get us to hear Him. Pondering on these series of events in our life, I’m reminded of 1 Samuel 3…you know when the Lord called Samuel and he goes to Eli thinking he was being called, when really it was the Lord all along!

My family had something happening every single day. If we were at home, I was busy with at least one ministry or volunteer position or my new home business. My husband and I would be two ships passing each evening. Our family was being pulled apart with all the work we thought was good for us.

Then, illness came. Five out of the six of us were diagnosed with pneumonia in November. We had to cancel every single event. We missed many appointments and stayed home just being with each other. Reflecting on this time now, it was the perfect way God could reach us to let us know it was truly time to move. The devil is tricky. He gets the good faithful ones by keeping us distracted and busy with work we think we need to do in order to be good Christians. You can read more of my thoughts on this here.

In this short time since December, not only has our life been turned around, but my sister and her husband has too! Within a month and a half, they both were offered jobs in Colorado, they put their home up for sale which sold within 48 hours, and they relocated! God is calling my family out of Illinois for a reason, I truly believe this. God’s will be done for my whole family!

The Diedrick family with their priest friends at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Bolingbrook, IL. Pictured: Shane, Fr. Pat, Fr. Herb, Beth, Fr. Tom, Children Will (9), Aiden (7), Evan (4), Kathrine (2)
The Diedrick family with their priest friends at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Bolingbrook, IL. Pictured: Shane, Fr. Pat, Fr. Herb, Beth, Fr. Tom, Children Will (9), Aiden (7), Evan (4), Kathrine (2)

Last weekend we loaded our life onto a 26′ rental truck and drove 750 miles across the country. Husband, wife, four children under nine years old, a cat and a whole lot of memories! New memories to be had in our new home in South Carolina! God has guided my husband and me and has truly moved a mountain for us. We have complete faith and I pray we will never doubt again that through God, all things really are possible!!

We are temporarily living with my parents until we find the perfect homestead for our family. We have been called to farm and be self-sustaining, and continue to be the light on the lampstand for our Lord and Savior in any way He calls us to be!

So, if you’d like to see our new adventure unfold as we search for our Faithful Family Farm, stay tuned…..God’s will be done!
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