Exodus 23:20 “Behold, I am going to send an Angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.
I can’t believe that it’s already been a year.
It seems like only yesterday my wife got the call that she had been hired as the new traffic reporter for the local news station in Cincinnati. I remember it vividly. I remember the feeling of relief. I remember just being thankful. I remember the praise that went up. I remember wondering how in the world this was going to happen. Prior to getting that call, I will be honest, we were struggling financially. My wife had left a highly stressful work environment and decided that it was time to pursue her destiny. Which was great until it hit us that we were going to have to make it on one income until someone finally realized that she belonged on their station (and that call didn’t come for several months). As an entrepreneur, I have to admit that faith has pulled me through a lot of these types of scenarios. I was completely clueless how my business (which had just lost my highest paying client) was going to keep the lights on, food in the fridge, car notes paid and tuition payments up to date.I had stashed a few thousand dollars, but it was dwindling quickly. This job offer came right on time. But the road didn’t come easy.
There were a lot of obstacles that almost prevented us from moving forward. First off, our savings was disappearing and now we had to figure out how we were going to come up with the money required to move to an entirely new city. Our apartment complex in Indianapolis wouldn’t allow us to get out of the last 6 months of our lease, and we couldn’t find anyone to take it over either. At that same time, we needed to find a new place in Cincinnati and come up with first and last month’s rent. But even those things weren’t the immediate concerns. My wife was about to begin the commute of her life: two hours there, two hours back, EVERY day. Did I mention that she was working on the morning show? This means that she was rolling out of bed at around 1:30am to get ready and get on the road. There is something to be said about the kind of determination required to drive 200 miles a day in pursuit of your dreams. (There is also a lot of wear and tear on a vehicle as when you drive 1000 miles a week - so of course when we needed money the most is when the transmission started acting up.) There were a few times when she had to stay in Cincinnati overnight instead of traveling in fresh snowstorms, which required an extra amount of patience and responsibility from me on the homefront taking care of our girls. The road was difficult, but God granted us traveling mercies.
Joshua 1:9b “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
I’ve worn a medallion around my neck for about the last eight years with this verse on it, as a reminder that no matter where my talents take me, God is already there. Let’s be honest, it’s scary to follow your dreams. Whether that means working for someone else in your dream job, or creating your dream as an entrepreneur. There were days when my wife wondered if she should even take the job in Cincinnati - it seemed like the entire deck was stacked against us… but GOD said to go. He opened the door and it was up to us to walk through it. He has continued to provide us with traveling mercies over the course of the last year, not just on the roads, but on our journey through this life, and for that we’re grateful.
In the last year, my company TheAIDG has grown tremendously - that road trip has been one full of twists and turns and pot holes and construction and roadblocks and detours and well… rewards. Running that company for the last 9 1/2 years has given me the knowledge required to write this blog and EntrepreneurGarden has definitely picked up traction (thank you for riding with me in the passenger seat)! My speaking career is looking up, and God is continuing to send Angels ahead of me to prepare a place.
I just wanted to take time out to encourage you to keep your life in DRIVE. Even when it seems like all roads are blocked, pursue your purpose and trust God to keep the roads clear. I thank Him for the provisions. I thank Him for the safe roads. I thank Him for the traveling mercies.
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