Monday, November 28, 2011

Moving Makeover

Perk things up with a room re-do

Just Moved volunteer and long-time friend of Just Moved, Karin Kreisel, recently gave Susan Miller's office a much-needed facelift. Karin is a gifted designer and has brought her decorative flare to many Just Moved events over the years. Redecorating Susan's office was one more way that she has been a blessing to Susan and to this ministry.

We asked Karin to share a few of her best decorating tips. Here they are for you to use to add a fresh look to any room in your home or office (along with photos of the beautiful results in Susan's office).

1. Be daring... paint a room with 2 colors, one wall darker as an accent wall. If you don't like

it, you can always repaint it later. Paint is the cheapest way to redecorate for a new, fresh, updated look!

2. Repurpose... take everything out of the room and put things back in a different place, or for a different purpose. (A basket of magazines can hold a plant instead.) Don't feel like you have to use everything. Go for an uncluttered look. Simple is better.

3. Buy large artwork or pictures. Don't make the mistake of buying artwork that is too small for a large wall. Think big!

4. Hang pictures at eye level. People usually hang pictures too high.

5. Go for a solid sofa color and accent with print pillows. You can change out colors easily with different pillows.

6. Try uplighting to cast a lighting effect on plants or pictures. Use a spotlight or lamp that shines up from the floor to feature an object.

7. Make bookshelves interesting. Stack books horizontally and vertically. Place a picture or an object on a shelf beside books or on top of books stacked horizontally.

8. Add a throw rug to tie it all together. A rug brings warmth and intimacy to a large or small room.

A Moving Story

Emptiness that only Jesus can fill
Rebekah in CA

The transition is going exactly like so many of the testimonies I have read online. We moved from Vermont to California, with two little girls and a teenage son. I left my two best friends since 5th grade and most of my family. I am so fortunate to have a wonderful sister, however, that lives 30 minutes away!!

Of course, I am lonely. The paragraph in that newsletter (Just Moved Bloom, Vol. I, issue 3) regarding friendship just hit me like a ton of bricks -- it captured perfectly what I have been feeling and I felt so validated. It's the part about being out of step with the world when you don't have those intimate friendships you long for. Nothing was solved by reading it, but I felt less burdened because someone out there understood.

There are two things I have underestimated in moving. One is that the feelings of loneliness are very similar to postpartum depression feelings. If you have ever suffered from that you will know it's awful. It's not just loneliness -- it's almost an irrational emptiness feeling that absolutely nothing but Jesus can fill.

The second thing that is difficult is that when you move and make such an enormous transition, it would be nice to have someone to share all of that with, to share what you miss, etc. But because you moved, you don't know anyone and so you can't share. I have to keep so much bottled up inside. No one cares that Vermont has better this or better that. No one really understands. I see now how I missed some opportunities in Vermont to minister to new people. I just had no idea! So that has been a real challenge for me. Again, the answer is Jesus. He will listen to me, and He will even groan and cry for me and with me.

I'm so glad I found Just Moved. I really want to start a group here but I feel quite unqualified. I figure I need to read the book first at least! But I really want to. Thanks so much for your service. This organization is truly a blessing.

(Editor: when God stirs a desire in your heart it is natural to feel unqualified. He will enable you for that which He has called you! We help every step of the way and starting a Moving On After Moving In group can be the best way for you to find friends and grow in your faith while offering the life line that another new mover needs! Call (480.991.5268; M-Th, 9am-4pm, MST) or email us at to find out more.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Devotional-Sept. 2011

A firm foundation when your world has been shaken

When hurricane Irene hit the coast and continued on its rampage, nothing was sacred. The winds and the floods came to uproot lives, homes, yards and trees. That's what hurricanes do so well. They change the landscape of our lives, our cities, and our small towns. They shake our foundation and leave behind a pathway of destruction. People desperately seek the safety and protection of shelter through someone's provision and kindness.

There are times when you experience your own personal hurricane. The winds of change uproot your life, leaving little hope for what tomorrow will bring. You feel vulnerable and alone, desperately wanting someone to understand and to care.

God is your firm foundation when your world has been shaken. He is your shelter, your refuge, and your protection in the storms of life. His arm is out-stretched; His hand is open-waiting to give you a safe place in His arms.

Scripture to Remember:
"Thou has been my stronghold, and a refuge in the day of my distress." Psalm 59:16

"He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken." Psalm 62:2

"I would hasten to my place of refuge from the stormy wind...." Psalm 55:8

Question to Consider:
When my life is uprooted with the winds of change, what will I do?

Oh Lord, "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2

Thought for the Day:
I will run to Him before the storm hits!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Heart Notes

Dear Friends,

Summer has come and gone now, vacations are over, school has started, and the rhythm of routines and schedules have begun to structure our lives again. Cherished memories of summer with family and friends are etched in our minds, and pictures that captured the moment, or the smile, have become a treasure in our hearts.

The memories I hold most dear this summer were spent with my six grandchildren and their parents. My daughter and I held our traditional "Cousins Camp" in cool northern Arizona at our small retreat center, better known as a two bedroom (plus loft) townhouse. I fixed 12 gallons of lemonade, made 36 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, 6 dozen chocolate chip cookies, found 12 missing shoes, fixed an overflowing toilet 4 times, took 125 pictures, and said "wash your hands," at least 6 times a day.

I do believe my daughter can fix mac n' cheese and chicken nuggets 10 different ways! I set up "Nana's Nail Salon" on our deck, and painted nails for my three granddaughters and their friends for a whole morning. My three grandsons and their friends played board games on our deck for hours of entertainment. Kick-ball was a late afternoon ritual, with a growing number of kids participating every day. Even the parents would gather to watch. Bunk beds and sleeping bags filled the loft, giggles were heard and games were played until "lights out" echoed up the stairs. I could go on and on....

The best thing for you and me to do, now that summer is over, is to pull our memory treasures out anytime during a hectic day, or a busy schedule, and reflect on the special times and people that made the summer so memorable. We can look at our pictures, share them with family and friends, and recount the stories as vivid and real as when they happened.

With September here, I hope you "fall" in love with Jesus all the more. Remember His faithfulness, recount His story, and share Him with your friends.

From My Heart to Yours,
Susan Miller

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Just Moved Community

The Just Moved Community is ready to welcome you!

Join now!

The Just Moved Community grew out of a vision to help women around the world who have recently moved to find the connection that they long for. The Just Moved Community will help to give you the courage to start over, move ahead, and put down roots all over again.

More women are joining every day. Here's what one woman wrote after joining:

I was unsure about joining the Community, but now I see that this is a real community of people that truly care. I thank you so much for taking out the time to call and send me an email it made me feel like someone actually cares about the transition I am about to embark on.

Joining the Just Moved Community is FREE
Here are the benefits that you'll enjoy as a member of the Just Moved Community:

A FREE copy of the New Neighbor's Pocket Guide, available exclusively through Just Moved Ministry. This 40-page booklet is filled with encouragement, tips, insights, scripture, and prayers for the entire process of a move. Written by Susan Miller.

A personal welcome from someone who cares at Just Moved Ministry. We encourage you to register a phone number to receive a one-time call of welcome and for you to share any prayer requests.

The Bloom newsletter sent directly to your home.

Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions about letting go, starting over, and moving ahead with your life after a move

Free download of all 22 Just Moved radio broadcasts.

Access to the Just Moved Library -- a wealth of encouragement and devotions, moving tips, and moving stories.

Prayer Support from the Just Moved Prayer Team.

Go to to learn more!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Who We Are & What We Do

Just Moved Ministry

Who we are and what we do...

Whether your move was a welcome opportunity or a dreaded event, you face tremendous change and the daunting task of starting over in a new place. Just Moved Ministry is committed to the spiritual growth and emotional well-being of women who are uprooted due to a move. Through biblical teaching and personal support, we are committed to prepare, encourage, and equip a woman to let go of the past, rebuild hope, and embrace her new life when she moves.

Uprooted women everywhere contact Just Moved Ministry for personal encouragement and turn to for helpful resources, inspiration, encouragement, prayer support, and an online community.

Churches, seminaries, and corporations in the U.S. and military installations around the world offer the Moving On After Moving In Bible study based on Susan Miller's bestseller, After the Boxes are Unpacked; Moving On After Moving In, in an effort to encourage and enfold newcomers. The study guides women through the emotional stages of a move, helps them become aware of opportunities for spiritual growth, and provides a rewarding way for them to connect in their new community.

For those who choose to start a Moving On After Moving In study, Just Moved Ministry provides all of the necessary materials, leader newsletters, and one-on-one support to make the study a success.

Susan Miller, America's Moving Coach® and President of Just Moved Ministry, is invited to speak nationally and internationally at women's events, leadership conferences, military installations, and for corporations that relocate their employees.

For Susan Miller's speaking availability, email:

For more information about all of our resources...


Call Just Moved Ministry in Arizona: 480.991.5268

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Write to: Just Moved Ministry, 8010 E. Morgan Trail, Suite 7, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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Monday, August 15, 2011

A Moving Makeover

Whatever your circumstances, you may find yourself yearning for a fresh start. Our "Moving Makeover" web page is designed with you in mind. Every month you can expect easy and practical tips, how-to's, ideas, and encouragement to make a change and improve your life in your home, your health, fashion, and beauty.

Read more Moving Makeovers

August 2011

At-Home Spa Treatments: Relax Without Having To Pay The Bill

This article originally appeared on

It may sound more efficient than effective to spread something on your face that you can also pack for lunch, but there are tons of reasons why whipping up a homemade beauty recipe is smarter than splurging on a store-bought product.

What's On The Menu

A lot of what makes store-bought products so expensive is the packaging, says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home. According to Cox, three bucks worth of ingredients from the grocery can produce a DIY treatment with the same effect as a $300 professional facial. (She told us that simple yogurt blended with fresh fruit into a facial works as well as a $34 Guinot exfoliating mask.) For more homemade beauty recipes, Helena Van Zandbergen, a celeb hairstylist who has worked everywhere from runways to reality shows, recommends Pioneer Thinking.

Why DIY Is So Appetizing

In addition to being cheap, anything you make at home (unless you're a chemist) will be 100% natural. The fact that homemade products don't include any ingredients you can't pronounce is especially good news for anyone with sensitive skin, those who want to go completely green, and those worried about animal testing. Plus, the recipes are time-tested and proven effective. Jorge Malo of the handmade beauty care line Fasanis jokes, "There's a reason Cleopatra used that mud for her face and body back in the day."

Your Shopping List

Almond Oil

1. Janice Cox's Basic Oatmeal Mask

Mix together ½ cup cooked oatmeal, one whole egg, and one tablespoon of almond oil. Spread it on your face and leave for 15 minutes. (A berry garnish is optional.)

2. Avocado As Moisturizer

Lather avocado on dry, sun-exposed skin for a rush of moisture-make sure that your avocado fruit is fully ripe. We know some people who use the inside of the avocado skin for its moisturizing oils. To do so, rub the inner layers of the avocado peel against your face, leave on for 15 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

3. The Case For Vinegar

Van Zandbergen says that occasionally rinsing hair with vinegar is a great way to add shine. It's also an ideal pedicure ingredient, Cox added, since its acidity zaps dead skin.

4. Homemade Hair Conditioner

Pioneer Thinking came up with this recipe for hair conditioner: Beat an egg yolk until it's frothy, add one teaspoon of baby oil, and one cup of water. Massage through scalp and rinse.

5. Avocado-Based Hair Conditioner

Craving guacamole? Try this conditioner instead: Mix one mashed avocado with coconut milk until thick. Comb through hair, leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse.

6. Creamy Honey Conditioner

Mix honey, mayonnaise, and egg together for a nourishing hair condition...and a heck of a potato salad base.