Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
Let Go: It’s only natural to have expectations when you move. We anticipate a better job, a larger income potential, a bigger home, a different lifestyle – we all know the list of expectations well. Disappointment can slide us off the mountaintop of expectation very quickly unless our focus is Christ-centered and not on what we have or have not!
Start Today: Think about your expectations and what effect they would have on your happiness.
Move Forward: This week journal your thoughts about the specific expectations you have and why you think they will make you happy.
(adapted from My Journey: A Journal for Letting Go, Starting Over, and Moving Ahead with my Life after a Move, by Susan Miller.)
Monday, January 18, 2010
Franklin Christian Church, Franklin, TN
Laura O’Neal and Miranda Koke, Class Leaders
The first ‘Moving On After Moving In’ class at Franklin Christian Church.
After several years of wanting to offer a class, Laura got the class up and running. Several of the newcomers were connected with the group through joining the Just Moved! Community.
“It amazes me to see this first photo. After many closed doors, FINALLY we have a [Moving On] class and it’s an amazing group of ladies! We are excited about the turn out, but honestly would be just as thrilled for even having a few! Thank you for your continued prayers for this area... and for me as I was trying to find my way!
This is a photo of our first night together! “
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Stephanie in Alabama
Moving On and Moving Forward...
I first learned of [Just Moved!] after our second move in 2001 to Missouri. Since then we have lived in Arizona and currently we are living in Alabama but we are preparing for another move 200 miles [away]. I was blessed to have found your [Moving On After Moving In] class in Missouri and Arizona.
[This will be] our 5th move since summer of 2000. I've always taken the positive approach with each move and looked at it as a new adventure. I've made wonderful friends in each city and kept up with them through the years. My then teenage son had such a difficult time when we moved to Arizona, he moved with grandparents to New Mexico which is home for us. Wow, I still get emotional just typing this. We have a great relationship and talk daily.
Even though we are only moving 200 miles (the shortest move we've ever made) I'm feeling all the overwhelming emotions. Only through God have I gotten through each move and some how these emotions are lost and forgotten until the next move. I read Susan Miller’s book within weeks of knowing we'd be making another move and have viewed your website many times as well. Thank you for your insight and support through this book it's been a true blessing each time I read it.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
30 New Year Tips For Moving On...
- Eat right
- Take vitamins
- Treat yourself to a double-dip ice-cream cone!
- Read that book you always wanted to but never took the time for.
- Splurge and get a manicure - or pedicure - or both.
- Rent an old classic movie that lasts three hours.
- Go window-shopping.
- Try one new thing each day.
- Don't compare.
- Buy yourself pretty stationary to write on.
- Enjoy a free make-over at a department store.
- Browse all afternoon in a bookstore.
- Visit the library. Sit and read your favorite magazines.
- When you meet someone for the first time, look them in the eyes, and give them a firm handshake and a smile.
- Focus on being, rather than doing.
- Seize the day!
- Buy something wonderful and frivolous for yourself.
- Expect a positive outcome from your move.
- Don't feel like you have to be productive all the time.
- Turn over a new leaf with this move.
- Pin a fresh flower on your lapel or pocket.
- Remind yourself it is okay to cry if you want to.
- Visit a museum or art gallery.
- Treat yourself to a gourmet cup of flavored coffee or exotic herb tea. Enjoy!
- Take a class in something to expand your interests.
- Go to a park that has playground equipment and swing!
- Walk as much as you can.
- Count your blessings every day.
- Say your prayers every night.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
With any life change you have choices you can make...
But the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year. Deuteronomy 11:11-12
Going into a New Year can be a scary thing for many people. There are so many unknowns that lie ahead and so many circumstances that are beyond our control--especially for those who have lost their jobs and their homes in this economy. For many, this results in a forced move, a change of lifestyle, and a loss of hope.
With any life change or transition, you have choices you can make. You can choose to become bitter and angry in the valleys of hardship and fear; or you can choose to climb the hills of hope and rise above your circumstances with trust and faith in God.
God is with you—always, forever, and no matter what. He will not fail you or forget you in the year ahead. Choose to look up and not down, to look forward and not backward, always remembering that God cares for you whether you soar on the hilltop or struggle in the valley. He is your provider, your source of living water that will never run dry. There is no drought in your life that He cannot fill with His mercies—“from the beginning even to the end of the year.”
Scripture to Remember:
This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23
Question to Consider: Do I trust God always, forever, and no matter what?
Prayer: Lord, take my hand and lead me through the year ahead. Guide me in my decisions. Help me to make choices that honor you. Let my life reflect you in all I do. Amen
Thought for the Day: As I begin this New Year, I will put my hope in you, oh God.