Embracing Change

IMG_3398Funny thing happened on the way to planning out my life and mapping its course… a God-directed change in plans occurred.

I was well on my way to getting our house, my email inbox and our family’s schedule, more organized (organization which included writing blog posts more consistently and finally cleaning out the garage… though, not necessarily in that order), when I found out that we were moving again for my husband’s job!

We were headed for a wonderful opportunity at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.  Go Vols! :)

But before we could begin this new chapter in our lives, we had to go through the daunting task of relocating first—also known as, the painful part.

I’ve found the process of moving to be less painful when you can embrace change and learn to get comfortable with the unknown… I’ve also found that I’m not particularly great at either of those things.

On a cerebral level, I know that change is the only constant in life, but from a comfort standpoint, I like for things to stay where I put them.
Being uncomfortable makes me uncomfortable, and moving is discomfort to the tenth degree.

Nevertheless, I was well aware that I couldn’t just blink and find myself settled in our new city.   It was going to be a process and it was going to take a lot of work—work which required me to trust God’s direction and His wisdom.

If you’ve ever moved, you know that it’s quite the undertaking. In fact, I liken it to childbirth—a painful experience with an outcome so joyous, it allows you to forget the discomforts of the journey… until the next time.

And that’s what happened to me. I forgot about the discomforts.

I forgot about transforming our lived-in home into the model home version of itself. I forgot about trying to keep it looking that way at all times, despite having a dog that sheds enough to stuff a pillow. I also forgot about trying to get my teen and my tween to partner with me in keeping the house looking spotless (there was lots of grumbling and yelling involved in that endeavor).

In order to keep my sanity in check and my outlook positive during this time of transition, prayer was a must. Leaning on these Bible verses helped, as well:

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverb 3:5 (NIV) – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.”

In the end, we were able to sell our old house and buy our dream home in record time. And while our move wasn’t seamless, it was worth it.

Our recent move:

1.) Reminded me that I can’t get so locked into my own plans, that I forget to make room for what God wants to do in my life.

2.) It revealed the peace that comes from trusting an uncertain future to an all-knowing God.

3.) And as I finish this blog post while looking out the window of my new home office/music room (pictured above), it showed me that when I loosen my grip on what I think is best for me, my hands are open to receive the blessings that God has in store.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

10 thoughts on “Embracing Change

  1. Lady Charmaine Day

    Dayo, hello beautiful!! Great blog post!! Congratulations to Rob on his new position!!! I pray that you and your family are happy and successful with your new endeavors!!!
    Sending you a big hug ((HUG)) from my side of the world.
    : )

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  2. Janet Womack

    Amen! A 16 years MLB career that included 8 different teams, you just “Let Go Let God”. The moves were complex…getting a new home…getting rid of the old home (without a financial hit that could send a child to college) and most importantly, supporting your husband. Being there for your man, and his decision to up root the family again is the make and break of it all. His guilt is as strong as his desire to provide….and it’s important to let him provide.

    In conclusion, everyone gets through it….the memories are great and the family bond is “off the chain”….we are the consistency in our lives.

    Enjoy the ride…tell Robby hello from his Mt. St. Joseph big sister

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  3. Dr. Cozzette

    The process is the true test of our faith and trust in Him. The wisdom you’ve received through each phase is so worth it. I am so proud of the woman you’ve become… And are becoming… Thx for yielding to the Master’s moves and for sharing. Much .

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  4. Anita

    Welcome to Knoxville. My sister-in-law posted this blog and I would like to welcome you and you family to Knoxville TN. I live in West Knox County and I hope we can meet.

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