Words from my heart. Exactly that. You will not necessarily hear from me weekly on this, because I have to feel led to write things that come from an emotional place for me. Pure and authentic. I have had a very busy month. I sold my house and had to be out in three weeks so I spent the little free time I had the last few weeks packing my house. In addition to packing my house, I leave in one week for a trip to Honduras where I will be volunteering at four orphanages and a hospital for disabled children.

Folks have asked me if this is a mission trip, and I believe any time you take a trip to do something good you are on a mission. I’ll be honest, I haven’t spent as much time preparing my heart to go as I would like, simply because I have been packing my house to move into temporary housing. While packing, I had a very tough time letting go of things. I am extremely sentimental, maybe a bit of a hoarder. I still have clothes in my closet from college that I haven’t worn in years, but I have a tough time letting them go. I am not sure what that says about me, but I am learning to live with a lot less. Those who know me well will be the first to tell you I am not organized, my thoughts are all over the place, and I try to tackle too much. It is amazing to me how moving into an apartment is teaching me that I can be more organized if I will clean up the things I do not need. Such is true in life.

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Here is a picture of the family I’ll meet in one week when I get to Honduras…and this is their home. No kitchen.

I cried the two days we moved. There are many memories in the house we are selling. I love my house and I love my neighbors. It is a big house. We bought it as a foreclosure when the economy slowed down, and we are now selling it at a price that will allow my family to be closer to a debt-free life. Sounds crazy, but we believe this is meant for our lives. Not sure why, and looking at what we can buy is not exactly the home I just sold on a golf course. In fact, I was feeling a little sorry for myself until I received this picture of the family our team will be building a house for in Honduras.

Why is it that we want what everyone else has? Why is it so difficult to be thankful for what we do have and why do we feel that we do not have enough? I do not believe material things buy happiness, and I’ll tell you the truth, the house I am leaving is too big for me to take care of AND run a business, so it was stressing me out. Is it a status thing? I am not sure.

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I just know that in my heart I am doing the right thing, and as they say, doing the right thing is not always easy. But…I am also learning that my tiny apartment is full of the people who make my life complete, and now my large empty house is just that. A large empty house. I am not sure what house I will buy, but I believe it will appear because God honors faithfulness. I was reminded during my quiet time yesterday to take off my sandals, because I am already on holy ground.

I’ll keep you posted. Godspeed.

Healthy Please XOXO

Jill


6 comments


  • Pam Belk November 01, 2013 at 20:04

    I think is just awesome how God works in my life and it gives me such joy to hear the things He is doing in other lives!
    Being obedient to God’s calling on your life will bless you more than you can ever imagine! It is so wonderful to know that even though we only see what’s here and now, God sees the Big picture! He is the Artist!! I’m so excited that you are going with us to Honduras and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for our team and every life that will be touched that week!! Love you much!

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  • Coach Debbie November 01, 2013 at 23:17

    Wow what an awesome message !!!! Your 100% correct as your family & your health are key !!! Without them, the biggest, perfectly decorated house doesn’t mean a thing !!!! Your absolutely doing the right thing !!!! Now please don’t make Coach D clean out your closet !!! Ha

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  • Stephanie Belk November 02, 2013 at 00:33

    You are so right about the right thing and hard thing usually being the same thing. I have been where you are right now. I didn’t have to move because I already lived in a small house with 6 children and when Matthew was out of work for months we wondered how God was going to show up but knowing He would. Good stripped us of pride and we gave up a lot to survive. It was a very humbling experience. However, when God did his thing He gave Matthew what he needed to start a very successful business. My job was to pray without ceasing and Matthew trusted my counsel and together with God we did it. Matthew still calls me before a speaking engagement and asks for prayer. He knows I will pray right that second and will pray with faith and conviction. We can not and could not have gotten where we are without our heavenly Father. Thing is everything could change tomorrow but I know that He is in control. I have had nothing and I have had more than enough and in both I’m content. Happy and content don’t have to mean the same thing. Change is hard and most times undesired but Jill you are strong and you will come out on the other end of this with something to be able to help others with. Faith like palates will stretch you and strengthen you. One is for the body and the other is for the soul. I love you dear friend and I will be praying for you. If you call I will always be there. God has big plans for you and He probably needs you to be debt free to use you. Either way He takes cares of His children. Love you bunches. This is a great testimony.

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  • Jeff Gaura November 02, 2013 at 02:49

    You are inspirational. My wife and I are “all in” on supporting Hoss, you, Lucy, Troy and Ivan in the thing called life.

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  • Angie Medlin November 02, 2013 at 09:57

    Wow. No devotional that I was going to read this morning would be as powerful as these words from your heart. I know this was very hard and emotional for you but God does honor and bless faithfulness. He has a master plan and you can trust it will be good!

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    1. xoxojill November 03, 2013 at 12:57

      Thank you all for your comments! I am exited about this adventure, but nervous at the same time. It’s great to feel supported in the crazy things I do. Hugs to you all!

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