This week’s focus is on moving and transitions. Each year, I try to hit this topic as so many of the awesome readers of Ginger’s Corner are military folks. Military or not, sometimes we have to move, whether it is new schools, new addresses, new jobs, or new seasons in life. Transitions effect us all.
I am excited to share a post from one of my new friends, Carol Stratton. She has a great devotional out that is an encouragement for anyone who is moving. The following post is excerpted from her book, Changing Zip Codes: Finding Community Wherever You’re Transplanted, published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
Big versus little.
Sometimes I feel like I have courage for the larger things in life, like surviving a car accident, giving birth to a premature son, or spending time living in a foreign country. It’s the little things where I fail, like fearing the walk into an unfamiliar church, unpacking and organizing a sea of boxes in my family room, or getting oriented to a new town. Yes, I can fly across the globe to a Bible college in New Zealand, but, “Please God, don’t put me on a freeway two miles away from my new house!”
Our Heavenly Father offers courage for all situations. He doesn’t rate our need and say, “You’re on your own for this situation; it’s only a 2.4 on the fear scale and I don’t mess with such trivial situations.” What kind of God would that make Him? No, He loves us enough to subdue our daily fears. When we do our part and take a first step, He will watch our back and take away our fear, but we need to make the first move.
In his book, The Neurotic’s Notebook, Mignon McLaughlin says, “Courage can’t see around the corner but goes anyway.” Lewis’s outlook on courage is: “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
Saying Boo to our fears!
If we are to be lean, strong men and women of faith, we can expect God to take us on some adventures where we know not where we are going. Courage opens the door and says “boo” to our fears.
What is your biggest fear about moving to a new area? Are you afraid your children won’t make friends? You won’t find a job? You’ll hate the weather? You’ll never see extended family? You will never grow to love that dark galley kitchen?
Look your fears straight in the eye and take one little action today to conquer them. God is great at matching our timid first steps and will be there to keep us moving forward. Sometimes all we have is a community of two, but sometimes that’s enough…for a start.
Carol G. Stratton has been a freelance writer and speaker for over a decade in publications including InTouch magazine, CBN.com, Kyria, Forsyth Women Magazine and theGrand Rapids Press as well as two anthologies, Writing so Heaven Will be Different (Wine Press) and Extraordinary Answers to Prayers (Guideposts). She speaks to MOPS and other women’s groups about life transitions and personality temperaments. She is currently under contract for a women’s inspirational novel called Lake Surrender.
This sounds like a great book! We are about to move (again), and it rings true for me!
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great guest post 🙂 I love the part about fearing the little things. its funny how in a major change/issue I can keep it together and make good decisions and not live in fear, then something small comes along and I have a break down. Glad to hear I am not the only one 🙂 Maybe the big things I tend to give to God more and the little stuff I try to do it on my own? Good things to think about, God wants it all, the big and the small.
So true. This is a point I haven’t really thought about before. Good thoughts all around! Angel you are entered in the prize drawing!
I would love to read this book. I have moved with my husband and kids more times than I ever did as a child. At first I felt like I was harming my kids by not staying forever in one spot, but as it turns out, they are grateful for a better perspective and better understanding of people and places all over the country. They feel freer to explore and find their place in the world.
Although moving has had some challenging moments of transition, my kids have had some great experiences and they look at life differently than their peers who have stayed put. Thanks for chiming in today!
Great tips, Ginger. Our son recently relocated to another state and he’s looking for ways to get connected there. He sees this as an adventure, as most of us would at 23 yrs old. I’m always impressed by the adventuresome spirits that you military families have!
Hope he loves his new home!It was easier when I was that age for sure!