But then God told my husband to "get out of the box." I'd seen it coming for quite some time. I felt God loosening my grip on things I held dear and turning my face towards the Son who was full of creative ideas. And I told God I was willing to do anything or go anywhere...and I meant it. I wanted Andy's dreams realized. (Don't think too highly of me--it took me 38 years to get there!)
I love familiarity, but change is oh, so good! It forces us to readjust our lives. We have new people to get to know, a new way of thinking, new places to shop, and friends to make. It stretches us in ways we may never have been stretched. And it gives us a fresh outlook--we're seeing things in new ways and with an adjusted mindset. I think it's pretty clever of God to uproot us and transplant us. It shakes things up and keeps us dependent on Him.
I grieve now when I hear someone groaning over change--or just having a negative, rotten attitude. Here are some things I recommend.
- Have a positive mindset. Purpose to speak positive things about your situation. Remember that life and death are in the power of the tongue. The more you speak positive things, you'll find your mind quickly follows. And remember you are the guage for your children--they're learning from you.
- Keep God's Word close to your heart. Remember His plans for you and your family are GOOD!
- Ask God what He wants to teach you. You can be sure He does.
- Be adventurous! See what your new home has to offer. Get a library card, visit the shops, try new restaurants, go a different direction each week and see what landmarks are around you. Meet new people as you go.
- Be brave. Put yourself out there and meet people. Everyone needs a friend. And the best way to have a friend is to be one. S-t-r-e-t-c-h yourself in this!!
- Invite people to your home. It may be initiating a life group, inviting some kids over to play with your kids, having a mom over for coffee, inviting a family to dinner. Just do it!
I've found change to be very good. God is good. And His plans for us our good. We can trust that.