Get your family ready
Are you new in town?
Are you about to move to a new town?
There are a lot of emotions involved with a move. From the frantic pace of packing up a house and your life in a town that you love to the unknowns about your future zip code. Will you and your family easily make friends? What will the schools be like? And is there a Target nearby? What? Am I the only one that asked that last question when I moved?
After the Boxes Are Unpacked: Moving On After Moving In by Susan Miller has been a go-to resource for families for many years. Tyndale and Focus on the Family has just released a freshened up edition that has some new tips on how to make the transition a positive and fun one for your family.
More than 34 million Americans move each year, and studies show it can be one of the heaviest strains on a marriage. For women especially, relocating can be a traumatic event. With true stories, ingenious insights, and helpful hints, this great book makes transitioning smoother so women can get on with their lives. Those who are moving will find this valuable book as important as packing tape. Divided into three sections, After the Boxes are Unpacked helps recent movers focus on letting go of their past, starting over, and moving ahead. Topics include the following:
- How to manage the emotional stress of leaving family and friends
- How to support your spouse through a relocation
- How to build new relationships in a new city
- How to help children adjust to new surroundings and make friends
- How to find a new church home
- How to navigate financial challenges related to moving
- How to discover God’s will for you and your family in a new city
This evergreen book has been a staple for movers for 20 years and has been extensively refreshed with additional content for today’s movers.
I’m happy to welcome Susan Miller to the blog today! She’ll be sharing a few ways that we can step out on faith and look expectantly to all that God has in store for us as we transition from one spot to another. Moving can be scary but it can also be a time for God to reveal Himself in new ways to us and our families.
Maybe you didn’t want to move and leave your friends and family behind. Maybe you are terribly lonely. Maybe your marriage is suffering from this transition. Maybe your children are rebellious over moving. Regardless of your circumstances, you can rest, secure in the faithfulness of God. When everything in your world is changing, remember that God does not change. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
It’s only when you change the focus of your life, and live above your circumstances, that peace and joy will come. When you focus on who God is by getting to know him personally, and believing in His promises, then you will begin to feel a peace beyond all understanding. God doesn’t always change your situation; but He will give you new strength and hope so you can face those circumstances each day, and keep on going.
Look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
My friend, Mary, often says when a crisis comes, “Do you walk by faith or by sight?” Yes, I’ll walk by
faith any day! Moving can bring many changes that affect you, and your family, and even shake the foundation of your life. Through fourteen moves, I have learned the faithfulness of God. My faith is built on a strong foundation of knowing and believing Him in the midst of changing circumstances. I know God sees the big picture of my life. I don’t need to know everything from beginning to end, because God already does. My life is in His caring and loving hands. Through faith in Him, I can face the disruption of a move with confidence, knowing that He will see me through it all, day by day. My God is bigger than whatever circumstances may surround me!
..for we walk by faith not by sight..2 Corinthians 5:7
Whether you are facing a move, or have recently moved, I encourage you to stay in God’s word. One thing I know for sure, as a mover you are “moving” in the right direction if you’re following the leader-Jesus Christ! To know Him is to love Him, and to follow Him is life-changing. Jesus said, Come, follow Me (Mathew 19:21). The more you read, study, observe, understand the life of Christ, and then imitate Him, the more your life will be an overflow of Him. Your focus will begin to shift from circumstances to Christ. As you begin down the road of adjustment after moving, may the light of God’s word guide you, direct you, and lead you.
Come near to God and He will come near to you. James 4:8
Your relationship with Christ is a vital part of taking care of yourself before and after a move. Physically you can feel exhausted. Emotionally you can feel drained. Spiritually you can feel dry. Run to the shelter of His arms by taking everything to Him prayer. Rest in Him, relying on His strength, not your own.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Claim this as your moving verse: Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19.
To me, this verse speaks of God’s incredible restoration and the hope that only He can bring in any life transition. Don’t dwell in the past. God is going to do something new (and perhaps even different) through this move. His plan will be revealed to you. He will make a way for you in this unfamiliar place. He will refresh and renew your heart. What a reminder of God’s faithfulness!
I encourage you to make this prayer your own:
Thank you, God, for the opportunities this move will bring. It is a comfort to know that you have gone before me and prepared this place for me. I am excited about my new beginnings; yet I am fearful about the unknown. Calm my fears, Lord. Help me to put my expectations in you and not in people or places. I give you the glory for the great things you will do through this transition in my life. Above all, Lord, use this move to draw me closer to you. Amen.