by Cryssie Addis
Today my friend Cryssie scatters seeds of courage as she shares her story of saying “Yes!” It’s brave and the results are unexplainable! Whatever “Yes!” is resonating in your heart, go with it!!!
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,”
I remember the very moment my husband called me to tell me that he had gotten called for an interview in Portland, OR. I was having lunch with one of my girlfriends and hung up the phone in shock. I knew he had been looking for jobs outside of Texas but Portland, OR? That was so far.
My friend Carrie was immediately supportive and excited for us. She said, “Maybe this is what you guys need after the year you have had, a new adventure with your husband! Y’all are a young couple, I say GO FOR IT!” I got home after lunch to a very excited yet nervous husband. We discussed it for a lengthy period of time and decided that he would go for it, he would go to the interview in Portland and see what happens!
The week he was gone was the longest week of my life. Not only was it the longest I had ever been apart from my handsome husband but it was a week of nervousness and prayerfulness of what was to be. I knew in my heart of hearts that this was God’s best yes for us but I felt so very nervous. I had just left full time ministry and a job that I loved so much and now this move was upon us. There was so much change going on and so quickly at that! The day I put in my resignation at the church, I felt sad yet so excited because I knew it was God’s best yes for me. I loved my job at the church but God had been prompting my husband and me that it was time to close that door. I honestly had no idea why. I just knew that there were things He needed to do with me and that working at the church was no longer in His plan.
When Darin flew in from Portland, he hadn’t heard if he had gotten the job yet. It wasn’t until the next day that his phone rang and Darin stepped away. All I heard was Darin tell the person on the other end of the line that he would need to speak with his wife and he would be calling them back. When Darin came out from the back room with a huge smile on his face, I knew at that very second that God had orchestrated this whole move. He knew long before we did that He would be moving us cross country to the Pacific Northwest. We had talked about moving before but Portland, Oregon had not been on our radar. This move literally happened in days. We only had a couple of days to pack and load a U-Haul, say goodbye to loved ones and then head off to a new adventure. This was God’s best yes for us.
I think about the orchestration of this divine plan and it makes me smile every time. One decision to be obedient in leaving a job I adored so much allowed both my husband and me to take a giant step into our calling. I knew after our miscarriage in January of 2016 that I wanted to help other women who have experienced pregnancy loss, infertility and/or PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). As much as I loved ministry at the church and as much as I believed in the Life Group Ministry I was leading, my heart was with women who were hurting. I felt a drive and a need to be there for them. In this move, God has opened amazing doors for me to do just that. Not only has my Life Coaching practice allowed me to walk alongside women who have battled infertility, pregnancy loss, child loss and/or women who suffer from PCOS but I also mentor countless women each week as an online mentor for Focus on the Family. If somebody had told me a year ago that my husband and I would be living in the Pacific Northwest, 1,682 miles away from my family and that I, little ol’ Cryssie Addis from West Texas, would be mentoring for Focus on the Family, I would have told you to shut the front door! But this is what happens when we are not afraid of the best yes for our lives. We might not completely understand, we might have some nervousness and it might even be hard to be obedient but His best yes for us is so important and vital to the way our lives fall together for His glory.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalm 37:23
God had a plan for me the day I gave my resignation to a job I loved dearly! He knew that He was writing a new chapter for the Addis Family and the only way He could place us on those written pages was if I let go. He had me at the church for a wonderful season and for many beautiful reasons. He grew me so much in that ministry and I made amazing life-long friendships there, like this one with Denise! The season had come to an end and I could have ignored his prompting and continued on a path that wasn’t written for me or I could have been obedient and allowed Him to continue to write our story with HIS pen!
Whatever He is leading you to do, whatever big step He is asking you to make…..make it! Say, “Yes,” to what He is asking you to say, “Yes,” to and say “No,” to what He needs you to say, “No,” to and let go when it’s time to let go. God will never ask us to give something up without having something already in line to replace it.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Coaching with Cryssie
PCOS, Pregnancy Loss and Infertility Coach
”Helping women to walk in purpose by encouraging, inspiring and walking alongside them.”