move pic

Transition

It sounds so simple when you say it in a sentence.

“Oh we moved here, and we moved there, and we took this job, and we closed that door, and we made a transition, and we went out on a limb…”

I hear people saying these things. I say these things. But it rolls off the tongue so much easier than it plays out in life.

“I am moving” sails out of the mouth like an unanchored boat sails out of its dock.

It sounds so smooth and unhiccuped.

But no matter how hard one plans and prepares for a major transition there are loose ends, hearts to tend, phone calls, confusion, delays, forgotten necessities, very long to-do lists. The chaos is legit. Even when it’s a good move. Even when it’s positive and exciting and holds a hopeful promise, like this one most certainly does – it’s heavy and frayed.

And so when your luggage falls out all over the place, and your rent car is way too small for a family of five, and you scarf down meals, and the little hearts you mother feel the big change, and when you run to the corner of public places and wipe your tears so nobody sees your eyes leaking… you have to remember that uprooting is difficult. It’s normal that it’s difficult. It should be. It means that you dared to love in the place you were in. It means there is life pulsing all around you that needs tended to in the transition. What a blessed life I live!

I just started A.W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy. A dear kindred friend gifted it to me at our last coffee date. It starts out by saying…

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

If I were to really boil it all down, I could show you that every single one of the destructive decisions I made in the past, could be chalked up to me not having a right view of who God is. I either believed Him to be untrustworthy, unreal, unhappy with me…any of a number of things. So Tozer here, talking about having a right view of God – it shakes me up. And it reminds me that my view of God and who He is – is always important, but that it is especially important in times of transition.

Having a correct view of God, makes me have a correct view of myself, which leads me to have a more pure and accurate view of others…so paramount when the ground beneath you is unchartered and the people around you are new and you’re constantly needing to remind Yourself of your identity in Him.

Tozer is teaching me in the transition and I am grateful.

We close on our new home today.

This has been years in the making for me and I’m sitting here with you a bit giddy over it all. The renting, the tiny spaces, the lack of roots – it takes a toll on a Mama. So getting the green light to own again puts me over the moon, really.

And it makes me plop to shaky knees and give God praise for what I feel like is from His hand.

He has been so faithful to us. So, so faithful.

Lord, let all the hearts that pass by here today really recognize You as being present and faithful in their current circumstances. Give them a keen awareness of You and what You are doing. Provide. Send overflow. Peace. Abundance. Revelation – in whatever it is that is hard and difficult in their current situations. Bless them, Lord. And give us all a right view of You, and an accurate interpretation of the gospel. Seal it in and let it guide and ground us. In Jesus’ name, yes and amen.

Hugs and love all around.

Thanks for Sharing!
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone
leaf and sun

A Special Sunday

Rather than saying goodbye and separating ourselves from a church family we love, we’re saying see ya soon and deciding to be sisters. We will have a kin church down here on the gulf….leading separate lives but having an open line…. Ministering in two different states but staying connected, as family does. This is healthy and it makes me happy.… Read more →

TN

Moving

My daughter’s last day at dance is tonight. And my oldest two will sit under their current piano teacher one last time tomorrow. And they will bid goodbye to classmates this week. And I’m a mess. Thrilled, expectant, excited – but sad. Happy, sure, ready – but heavy. And I know this drill. I’ve packed up many, many times throughout… Read more →

What People Need

All of us just want our faces cupped. All of us. The young child just stumbling into their own blossom. The man in a suit with a corner office balancing the ladder climb and the family life. The single woman pouring out her all in service. The retired person looking back and looking around and making the most of the… Read more →

comp pic

A Day Conference

I’m sitting here before sunup on a Saturday. It’s dark and my mind is muddled by sleep and I’m peering into the day and seeing a pouring. Mama here doesn’t fly the coop much. My current season and station has me playing out my role here within the walls of my rented home. But from dawn to dusk today I… Read more →

bible wednesday pic

A Monday Petition

There’s a fog that seems to fall on Mondays. The weekend offers us somewhat of a reprieve, making room for a little more rest….like a break in the clouds. But Mondays… They can leave the head groggy and the heart reluctant. I’m convinced that it doesn’t have to be this way. I’m sure some gurus out there have ways to… Read more →

narnia pic

Story

Every time you read to your child you’re lighting a candle. I had always known that words were my cushion and passion and breath, but I had no idea the deep impact they could have on a child’s pursuits and perspectives. Early on in my mothering, my Ohio friend Betsy kindly kept buying my children books for birthdays and special… Read more →

daffodil pic

Women

Women are cultivators. No matter the occupation or lack there of, no matter the political leaning or preferences, no matter the background or bent,  women are a wonder of ability and influence. What we touch and till can improve. What we set our hearts and hands to can be made finer because of our focused involvement. What we invite into… Read more →

leaf water pic

Still Raining

Have you ever noticed how the trees rain even after the skies have stopped? All those leaves puddling water, they eventually release all their holding. It’s been dark and wet down here in the bayou the last few days, so in my continuing attempts to practice being present, and in my constant search for beauty – my observations have all… Read more →

herbie pic

Soar

We were reading a book about Herbie the Hedgehog. It was late, the children should have been tucked in and snoozing by that hour, but the evening had run long and our reading had too. This particular library book aimed at the age of my youngest, so he stood next to me, close and concentrated, as I flipped the pages.… Read more →