A New Chapter

18 Apr


Some new chapters are more than a story. Today’s new chapter is about life. My husband starts work today in a new office. We’re so excited! For the past thirteen months he’s been working across the state from our home. Every Monday he’d leave after lunch and I wouldn’t see him again until 9:30 Friday night. He worked four 10-hour days so that he could be home that extra day every weekend. Still, after 33 years of marriage, it was hard to be separated for so long.

We’d originally planned to move across the state to his new location, but we never had a sense of peace about it. We’ve followed employment before, more than once, but always had the sense of peace that God was in the details. That didn’t happen this time. Several things occurred to delay our selling the farm, and then there were rumors of a retirement that would have moved him back home to the office he’d left. So we waited. We prayed. We put our ducks in a row. And we waited some more.

In the meantime, we started attending a church that we fell in love with. How can you fall in love with a church, you ask? A church isn’t a building. A church is a fellowship of people. We entered this church and felt like we’d come home. We couldn’t believe God would give us such a gift, only to take it away. Still we prepared to move. We even set the date of April 1st to relist the farm for sale.

Then on March 23rd my husband was called to an office about an hour’s drive away. It was his exact position with the State of Michigan. The same pay. The same seniority. He could transfer right over. Everything clicked. It didn’t take him longer than a minute to agree.

We’re so thankful to be able to stay on our farm and continue with the church we attend here. I’ve no doubt that if we’d moved, God would have provided for our every need in the new place. That’s the kind of God He is. But … as the saying goes … “There’s no place like home.”

Many thanks to my Quid Pro Quills partners, and all the people who have prayed for us through this past year. We felt every prayer. God is so good!

~ Pegg Thomas

Trooper and Pegg cropped




Posted by on April 18, 2016 in Pegg Thomas



16 responses to “A New Chapter

  1. kararhunt

    April 18, 2016 at 6:39 am

    And you get to keep Trooper!


  2. Judy Gougeon

    April 18, 2016 at 8:13 am

    God is good, we just need to listen.


    • Pegg Thomas

      April 18, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Listen and wait. Two things that don’t come naturally. 😉


  3. Robin Patchen

    April 18, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I’m so glad this worked out for you two. I know how heartbroken you would have been to leave your farm, but you were patient, and God is good and guided you right where you needed to be…er, stay.


    • Pegg Thomas

      April 18, 2016 at 9:00 am

      We’ve moved so many times chasing employment that we just automatically assumed we would this time as well. But quite obviously, that wasn’t His plan. Maybe we just needed this time to stretch and grow in our faith. Pretty sure we did!


  4. Margaret Heaton

    April 18, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Pegg, farm and family, I totally understand. Waiting on God and waiting for the peace only He gives isn’t easy. But you persisted and He is faithful! I’m so happy for you.


  5. Linda Yezak

    April 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

    So excited for you! No place like home, and we can’t wait yo get back!


    • Pegg Thomas

      April 18, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks! Now when you’re ready to visit our northern climes …. 🙂


  6. ceciliamariepulliam

    April 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Such great news! God indeed looks after us. Happy for you!


  7. jerichakingston

    April 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Love it, Pegg! Thank you for sharing how God is faithful to provide!


    • Pegg Thomas

      April 18, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      I’m a bit overwhelmed at the response here, on my FB page, and via e-mail. So humbling to know how many people have followed our 13-month saga and prayed for us.


  8. Candice Sue Patterson

    April 18, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    God is good! So glad you get to stay, Pegg. What a blessing.


    • Pegg Thomas

      April 18, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      It is, indeed! Thank you for all the prayer support.



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