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Moving and Change

Oh my goodness…. I do NOT want to go through that again any time soon. It is the most stressful thing I’ve gone through since my divorce eleven years ago. And, if I’m honest with myself, I’m not sure which was worse. Both were bad, but I’m leaning towards the moving being worse than the divorce at the moment.

Since it was all my stuff, I was the one who needed to say where it should go. My standard answer became, “In a box!”. I mean, that was logical, wasn’t it? Ok, so the answer was a bit snarky and definitely borne of frustration, but, as long as the item in question ended up in a box, I didn’t care which one it went in.

My parents, God love ’em, were such a help. I don’t know what I’d have done if they hadn’t come to help me pack. Well, that’s not true, I do, too. I wouldn’t have gotten it all done by the time the movers had come and gone! The guys who came to move me were so great. They were both fun and funny and knew exactly what they were doing. And neither complained – at least not to where I could hear it – when they discovered I had packed things into the drawers of some of the furniture, and even in the washer and dryer. Such good guys. AND I was on the third floor, too. So, that made it even worse on them.

I tell ya, I had to pray big time to try and keep from becoming even more overwhelmed than I already was. And I know my friends were praying for me. For a week, the three of us were busy packing all day. We took very little time out to do anything else, other than eat and sleep. My apartment was only 860sf, but I had so much stuff… things I didn’t even remember having! I took at least 3 car loads of things to Goodwill. And, probably should have taken even more, but that’ll have to wait until I move into my new space once I find a job.

I still have no doubt that God has somewhere special for me to work, and I’m not worried about finding it. I just wish it would hurry up and find me! (I have a bit of a problem when it comes to being patient…) I wonder where the job will be and what I will be doing. I am very skilled at what I do, and would love the opportunity to learn something new. So, I’m pretty open.

Since having to pack my life up and move it back to Tennessee, I have figured out that I do not want to have to do this again any time soon. Which just goes along with the fact that I believe I will be getting a house, instead of moving into another apartment. The last time I came home for a visit, I went looking at some apartments and found a beautiful complex that just felt right. While looking around the property and thinking how much I liked it, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Why are you limiting Me to an apartment?” Whoa. Really?! 

It was just a natural thing for me to look at apartments, since that’s where I’ve lived for the last eleven years. The fact that I would be able to afford a HOUSE when I get a new job, hadn’t even crossed my mind. It’s actually something that is hard for me to wrap my mind around… Me, with a house……On my own! A house, not a condo. Why buy a condo? To me, it’s going to be the same as living in an apartment, it’ll just be mine.  And, they’re harder to sell than a house – from what I understand, anyway. The only kind of condo I would consider would be a ranch condo. All on one level. They do exist, but they’re harder to find. Heck, my friends used to make fun of me because I told them I would LOVE to live in a retirement community! I love older people, and they’re quiet! No thumping music out in the parking lot at 2am. Oh, AND they watch out for their neighbors. Some may call it being nosey, but, if you have nothing to hide, why worry?

Anyway, I don’t want to have to move more than once. So, unless something happens to change my mind, I want to find where I’ll be living for a while. Getting rid of clutter from your life is so freeing. I don’t mind doing it, it’s just the sitting down and doing it that gets me. I am easily distracted, so it’s hard for me to stay focused on what I’m doing. If you think about it, de-cluttering is a lot like being a Christian. A few years ago I read a little blurb about how cleaning out a pumpkin is like becoming a Christian and it’s stuck with me, because it’s so apropos.

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I think that sums up the concept pretty well, don’t you?

I don’t know about you, but even after all these years, there’s still a lot of things that need to be cleaned out of my life. His goal is to get us as close to being like Him as He can, which isn’t going to be an easy task. (Him being perfect and all…) So, that means many things in our lives must change. Change is a scary thing for some of us. But He works on us constantly IF we listen to him.

Do you know of things in your life that need to change? Has He asked you to do something differently than you usually do? Go ahead and make that change. You’ll be better off. Don’t take my word for it, take His. He makes us all KINDS of promises throughout the Bible. If you don’t know where they are, Google it! (Google is a wonderful thing!) Or, here…. Here’s what I found when I Googled “Biblical Promises”. Click the link and start finding your promises!


Decision Made!

So, the date has been set, and barring any changes from the moving company, I will be back HOME in three weeks! I never thought about being in Atlanta this long. For the last 6 years, at least, I’ve thought I would be moving home ‘soon’. But it just never seemed to happen. But finally, after 14 years, 7 months and 24 days, (…but who’s counting?!), God has allowed me to move. I’ve ‘graduated’ as my best friend says. Apparently I have done all He needed me to do and learn here and my next ‘growth spurt’ will occur in a new place.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about what God has in store for me. I have no idea what it is, or what it entails, but I am so ready for it! A new job with new opportunities to learn and grow, new people to meet…Wow! Awesome!!

What I’m not looking forward to, however, is trying to find a new church home. It will be impossible to even come close to finding what I have here in a church. But I need to look at finding that new church home as an adventure. One that I should look forward to. Stepping outside my comfort zone, making myself go somewhere new isn’t something I do easily. But it will mean finding new leaders and teachers who will help me continue my walk with God. But I know without finding a new church, my life as I have come to know it, will become stagnant. And that is something I can not let happen.

Life without hearing from my Heavenly Father would be unbearable. When you’re used to hearing from Him on a somewhat regular basis, it can be unnerving when you don’t hear from Him. When I lost my job, I figured I would move home, but it wasn’t a guaranteed thing. I waited and listened for His voice to tell me what He wanted me to do. But it never came. I didn’t want to make this decision on my own. I wanted to do what He wanted me to do, but I wanted Him to TELL me what to do. So, I sat and listened. But I didn’t hear that Voice as I had before. I never actually heard Him say, “Move home” like I thought I would. Like I wanted to. That would have been too easy, I suppose. So, I had to rely on His gentle, guiding ways of letting me know what to do. You might call them signs… I don’t know how else to describe it. The signs varied, everything from hearing Bluegrass music and feeling a yearning for home that I hadn’t had in years, to someone telling me I reminded them of the woman stuck on her roof in a flood who refused all help because she was ‘waiting on the Lord to help her’, (which, I wasn’t THAT stubborn about it!), to the anxiety I felt about even applying for a job in Georgia, to finally, the peace that moving home was the right decision to make. It took an agonizing three weeks for the peace to come. But come, it did. And now I can say with all certainty that moving home to be closer to my family is the best and only decision that I could have made.

I will miss a lot of things about Georgia, but nothing here can compare to being in God’s Will for your life and knowing that it coincides with what you want. I am ready to walk in my destiny, where ever that may lead.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in your destiny? God has a destiny just for you. One that is for no one else in this world. It is uniquely yours, and you, and only you, can fulfill the destiny He has for you. All you have to do is ask Him what He wants you to do. He’ll tell you. A lot of people don’t ask because they’re scared to know. They’re afraid they’ll be sent to Africa or some other far away land. And, yes, that is a possibility. But you have to crawl before you can walk, and walk before you can run. So, you have to start living a Christian life and be open to all it means before He will call you to something big. He won’t call you to do something He hasn’t prepared you to do. Change, especially as a Christian, is a constant thing. He will mold you into what He wants you to be. Sometimes it’s subtle. Sometimes it’s painful. But you will never be the same. But it will be an exciting journey from the first day, until your last.

“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.” ~ John 15:2-6

Go ahead. Ask Him what He wants you to do. I dare ya. You’ll never be the same.

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