For those of you who have been following our journey on the RYFO Road Tour you know that we made it safely back to California yesterday. You also know that we have been sharing Glory Stories of God’s goodness while traveling (#GloryStory). While on the road, we learned some major life lessons and we can safely say that our family has changed since first leaving on May 6th. It’s time for us to share two of our very own Glory Stories!
Four and a half months on the road brings changes, challenges, and blessings. We expected life on the road to be difficult. We expected to be met with challenges that stretched and grew our faith in God; and we were blown away by God’s constant care for us and blessings He had planned for us along the way. What we didn’t expect was to have dramatic heart changes about our own capacity and desires.
As we spend time the first few days at home processing what exactly all of this means, we are excited to share 2 major updates with you. The first is in regards to something we have been praying about since last November; where we would like to move next. The second is in regards to a big heart change that God orchestrated on the road.
Where are the Lohrmann’s going?
Many of you have been praying for us as we have sought God’s direction on where we should live after the RYFO road tour ended. While traveling, we narrowed our locations down to two: Nashville, TN and Phoenix, AZ. Obviously both locations are dramatically different and we wanted to move to them for different reasons. Convinced God was going to speak on the subject, we waited and prayed, prayed and waited for Him to respond. As our tour came to a close, Simeon began to feel strongly that God was inviting us to make the final decision. As a couple, we sat down and made a comprehensive Pros and Cons list and began to see God’s design for our family in the details. What emerged from this exercise was surprising. While we thought we would be making the best move if we went to Nashville, it turns out that God is actually leading us to PHOENIX! There are still a number of details to figure out, such as when we will move, where exactly we will move and so on. We have loads of peace and confidence that God is providing a way for our family in this next season.
A change of heart
Before starting the tour, we had multiple conversations regarding the growth of our family. We had determined that it wouldn’t be wise to try for a second child until we had moved and settled into a new home after the tour. While on the road, God began to speak to our hearts separately about this topic. Both of us began to sense that our own plan of “waiting until the time was right” wasn’t God’s plan at all. We felt led to let go of our plan and to completely trust God with His design for our family. Which brings us to our second, huge announcement: WE ARE PREGNANT! Johanna is currently 14 weeks pregnant and both Mom and baby are doing great. Our estimated due date is 3.25.2016 (just 3 days before Judah’s birth day!).
The following verses have taken on concrete meanings for us:
Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Remember the Lord in all you do, and he will give you success.
Proverbs 16:9: People make plans in their mind, but the Lord decides what they will do.
Joshua 1:9: Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go.
It brings great joy to us to share our exciting news, thank you for journeying along side of us and praying with us. We trust in God with all of our hearts for where He is leading us.