Well my friends, I am here to report to you that our precious Laycie and adorable Kohen have flown from the nest. In perfect poetic irony, she had the baby when I was in Michigan and moved out while I was in Michigan. And if you don’t see that as God’s kindness to me, I am not sure you are looking. I can’t imagine the mess I would have been to have to physically carry her stuff out of my house. And guys I want to tell you, this girl that has lived in our house for almost a year may be the biggest Middlemarch Miracle I have ever had the privilege to witness.
I cannot tell her story for her, but I can say that I got to watch God woo one of His lost sheep back to Himself. I got to see someone who was living in total chaos when she moved in, start to make choices that lined up with scripture, and bring peace to her life. And then as she learned how to trust God more fully, I saw God SHOW OFF His love for her. Things happened for her that can only be explained as a Middlemarch Miracle. And friends, this was not easy for this single mom.
I am here to tell you that if you know Laycie in real life you are coming in contact with one of the strongest people on Earth. Everything in the world pointed to her just staying stuck in the broken relationships and chaos that sin had created all around her. And people, step by step she stared down those obstacles, tentatively took Jesus’ hand, and WALKED RIGHT OUT OF THE GRAVE. It was not easy, and statistics say that she should not have succeeded. But God does not care one jot for miserable statistics. Also, it was not pain free. It was a process that took much prayer, many tears (mostly mine because I am a crier), much discussion, discipline, and commitment. She did not just wake up one day healed of wanting to have things her own way. Just as much as God wooed her, she had to deny herself and her sinful desires and follow Him. That is real strength people.
Also, the heart behind Selah Creek is amazing. Never once was the leadership of Selah Creek afraid to jump right in the mix with us. They flexed when we wanted to bend the rules for her. They came in like a wrecking ball when we needed to have order restored. This is what it means to stand in the gap for single moms. Look around people, single moms are the MOST marginalized demographic in our world. As Christians we are the “gap people.” We have the power of God in us to be able to stand in the gap for the marginalized. Do it! And watch your Middlemarch get set on fire!!! Also, Selah Creek is looking for a house to rent so they can provide housing to a single mom who is needing care right this minute. Do you have a rental you could let them rent in the Dallas area? Hit me up in the comments and I will pass your info along. If you want to know more about Selah Creek click here.
Currently Laycie is fully plugged in at church, is working full-time, her and Kohen are living in their own place, and Laycie is taking classes through Collin College. When she moved in here Ashely, Director at Selah Creek, made her sit down and make a dream board. Laycie had forgotten how to dream because of the chaos she was stuck in. Slowly she started to want things for herself. Things like an education and a secure place to live that was just her own. And I can report right now that she checked off pretty much everything on that dream board save one. The one she is still working on is finding a guy that will add to her life instead of steal from her life. This is an uphill battle for sure because this guy will have to make it through an approval committee that resembles the Roman Courts, the Sanhedrin, the Great White Throne of Judgement, and me. Joking aside, the cool thing is that this young woman knows her worth now. And she knows God has a guy for her that will love her like Christ loves the Church and will love Kohen like he was his own. And when that guy shows up, after he makes it through the approval committee, I will love him like I love Laycie, I promise. (I will do my best, but I will be watching him.)
Laycie, you have added so much to our lives. People say all the time that we are so good to take you in. But I can see clearly that you have blessed us more than we ever blessed you. You have been forever knitted into our family. You are a GREAT mom and remember you are doing everything just right. Please remember going forward that I only freak the freak out on people I love. If I did not care about you, I would not be so intense. You cannot be rid of us. We are in this for the long haul. You are not alone. The Lord loves you Laycie Raye. More than you can possible comprehend. You are right where He wants you. Continue to do what He says, and you will be good. I love you. And Kohen, Auntie Crazy loves you too! (PTL—they are still in Rockwall so I will still see them all the time.)