Unexpected Moves

This blog post may come as a surprise to many of you.  We've been keeping this news VERY quiet until we absolutely knew it was happening.  But, today is the day I spill the beans.  Read on, friend...

 " 'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,' declares the Lord.  'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.' " - Isaiah 55:8-9

"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways, submit to Him, and He will direct your paths." -Proverbs 3:5-6

This is an emotional post to write.  Even though I'm excited about the upcoming season, there's also an aspect of it that's bittersweet. 

I have lived in Florida for over a decade.  When I first arrived, I was a bright-eyed, fresh out-of-college, 22 year-old, just praying that God would direct me to what I should be doing with my life.  Moving to Florida was an act of trust.  I had no family there, but I made the move anyway.   

Now that I've lived there for much longer than I ever anticipated, I've been sensing that our season in FL is almost up.  Yes, my family has grown since I first arrived!  I now have a wonderful husband of nine years, a son who will be four in the fall, and a baby on the way, due in October!  God has truly enlarged my little life since I took that leap of faith. 

As I've been sensing that the season was changing, I've continually sought God for insight on what comes next.  As we know, He won't always give us all of the information we're hoping for, but often only little glimpses into our new season.  For the longest time, Jamie (my husband) and I thought we would be moving to Nashville.  As a Christian artist, there's really no better place for me to be.  Over the years, I've made so many connections there, not to mention, I went to college there and fell in love with Music City.  I always said when I had a family of my own, I wanted to raise them there.  

Jamie and I sought opportunities in Nashville over and over.  Often, it would seem like a door would open, but just as quickly, close again.  I couldn't understand why it was happening that way.  I continually asked God to direct my steps and open the right doors.  So, why weren't they opening? 

At the beginning of this year, I felt the tugging in my heart to lay down my Nashville dream.  Around the same time, God was impressing upon me to be still and wait for Him to act (Psalm 37:7).  So that's what I did.  I allowed my Nashville dream to die, as painful as that was.  And I got as still as possible in God's presence, waiting on HIs direction. 

Then in February, we found out we were expecting baby #2.  I knew this had to be a part of God's plan for my life, but I wondered if we would be raising the baby in Florida or somewhere else. 

Soon after learning of our pregnancy, God impressed a place on my heart.  It's a place that's always been dear to me, but I honestly never considered moving there.  Moving back there. 

God threw open the doors for our family to relocate to Louisville, KY this summer.  What's amazing about that is my entire family lives there.  My parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.  I grew up there and left when I was 18 for college.  I never dreamed I would be moving back, with a family in tow.   

So much has happened to convince us that this is the right move for the next season.  Our home in FL sold within 24 hours of being on the market.  We close on our new home in KY on June 30th.  So, in a little over a month, we will be moved there and settling into our new life before this baby comes in October.  

What does this mean for Kristin King Music?  At the moment, I don't even know.  I have been working on revamping my business plan and model to make my services and products even more accessible in my new market.  I am excited to work with local churches in the area and offer my music consultation services.  I am planning on releasing a new non-fiction book by the end of 2017.  I am also working on a long-anticipated vocal warm-up program.  Just because we are relocating doesn't mean the work is ending.  In fact, I feel that God is increasing the workload and giving me so many new ideas.  There are many exciting things going on all at once. 

I did NOT expect this move.  But I have incredible peace about it because I know I did my part.  I allowed God to direct my steps by seeking Him first instead of trying to insist on my own plan (it wouldn't have worked out anyway).  

I do believe the best is yet to come for Kristin King Music and my growing family.  God has been so faithful!  Stay tuned and I'll keep you posted on our journey along the way!

10 comments

  • Linda Sanders

    Linda Sanders South Daytona

    Oh my gosh! What thrilling news for you and your family, but bittersweet indeed for us here. "Boo hoo" we'll miss you and "Congratulations" on your new season. 😊

    Oh my gosh! What thrilling news for you and your family, but bittersweet indeed for us here. "Boo hoo" we'll miss you and "Congratulations" on your new season. 😊

  • Amanda D

    Amanda D Orlando, Florida

    I'm so thankful to read this again, even after you telling me in person. Your journey is also a testimony to me. I'm settling into this town until God opens the doors for us to move. I imagine it's exciting and scary all at once, but God truly is faithful. He will provide for you guys in this transition. Our family will also be praying for you all.

    I'm so thankful to read this again, even after you telling me in person. Your journey is also a testimony to me. I'm settling into this town until God opens the doors for us to move. I imagine it's exciting and scary all at once, but God truly is faithful. He will provide for you guys in this transition. Our family will also be praying for you all.

  • Rebekah Lay

    Rebekah Lay Deland fl

    Girl you going to Kentucky I'm moving back to Florida!!!! God is up to something.

    Girl you going to Kentucky I'm moving back to Florida!!!! God is up to something.

  • Brenda Hicks

    Brenda Hicks

    What an exciting adventure for you and your family. I know that it will be wonderful to have your entire family around you when you welcome your new baby. I was privileged to meet you while you worked at Horizon Elementary and I pray the Lord watches over you, your family, and Kristin King Music.

    What an exciting adventure for you and your family. I know that it will be wonderful to have your entire family around you when you welcome your new baby. I was privileged to meet you while you worked at Horizon Elementary and I pray the Lord watches over you, your family, and Kristin King Music.

  • Kristin King Music

    Kristin King Music

    Linda, it is bittersweet to me too. I grew so much here. God had much to teach me when I arrived. But, I've received blessing after blessing here and know it's a result of obedience. I will miss you so much!

    Linda, it is bittersweet to me too. I grew so much here. God had much to teach me when I arrived. But, I've received blessing after blessing here and know it's a result of obedience. I will miss you so much!

  • Kristin King Music

    Kristin King Music

    Amanda, thank you for saying that! You sometimes have to plant somewhere even if you don't know why. God always brings blessing when you obey without knowing why.

    Amanda, thank you for saying that! You sometimes have to plant somewhere even if you don't know why. God always brings blessing when you obey without knowing why.

  • Kristin King Music

    Kristin King Music

    Rebekah, no way!! We're trading places! Haha, blessings on your new season as well!

    Rebekah, no way!! We're trading places! Haha, blessings on your new season as well!

  • Kristin King Music

    Kristin King Music

    Brenda, I am so glad to have met you at Horizon. You are such a wonderful person. So glad we have social media to keep up with each other!

    Brenda, I am so glad to have met you at Horizon. You are such a wonderful person. So glad we have social media to keep up with each other!

  • Marcey Gist

    Marcey Gist Daytona Beach, FL

    I have been through several of those "unexpected moves", and I must say that God is faithful. Even when it looked like the "wrong" move or we "missed" God, He was merciful because we did it by faith. We wouldn't know what it was like to walk on the water if we never stepped out of the boat. I sing the words of that song always remind me of those unexpected moves - a physical relocation or a major change of plans: "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters. Wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander. And my faith will be made stronger. In the presence of my Savior." Thank you for sharing your journey, Kristen. God will continue to show Himself strong and mighty in your life.

    I have been through several of those "unexpected moves", and I must say that God is faithful. Even when it looked like the "wrong" move or we "missed" God, He was merciful because we did it by faith. We wouldn't know what it was like to walk on the water if we never stepped out of the boat. I sing the words of that song always remind me of those unexpected moves - a physical relocation or a major change of plans: "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters. Wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander. And my faith will be made stronger. In the presence of my Savior." Thank you for sharing your journey, Kristen. God will continue to show Himself strong and mighty in your life.

  • Kristin King Music

    Kristin King Music

    Marcey, I love what you've written. And you're right, "Oceans" is a perfect song for this season of my life. Many blessings to you and yours! You are such a sweet woman of God and a great encourager to me.

    Marcey, I love what you've written. And you're right, "Oceans" is a perfect song for this season of my life. Many blessings to you and yours! You are such a sweet woman of God and a great encourager to me.

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