My next post will be on our upcoming garage sale, which is in two days. I am way behind. But first, I want to wrap up that last post with a big thank you. I received such encouragement from all of you that I wanted to give it right back!
Below, I have listed some of the comments that you have emailed and posted over the last week. I think they are bits of wisdom that will hopefully be encouraging to you as well.
Encouraging words from you. (Note: No names were listed.)
I, too, would be scared of the huge change you are facing. But, you aren’t short on courage or determination. If you were, you wouldn’t be making this change.
Someone told me that when you face a move, don’t look it as the end of something and the beginning of something else – look at it as a transition of seasons. There are things that we like and dislike about each season – there are going to be things about your current home that you’ll miss terribly, and there will be things that you won’t miss at all. Just the same – there will be things you love about seminary and things you don’t much care for. Seasons aren’t completely wonderful or completely bad – they are just a period of transition from one time to another.
Leaving is no fun. John 14:27
We got some great advice from our pastor – if you can’t discern clearly what to do, then make the decision that seems to you to be most like what God wants for you, and then offer it to him and trust that he will be with you and will make all things work for your good.
I must not go to the “what ifs”; I must “take every thought captive.” The “what ifs” make me scared and hopeless because seldom, if ever, do I go to the positive “what ifs.” If I went to those positives I would be full of faith and hope and excitement and peace.
In every box you pack. In every to-do item on your list. By God’s Grace you are stepping out in faith.
Take courage. Don’t be afraid. Jesus immediately responds and the storms will subside.
It makes me think that God likes to keep us on our toes and not too comfortable lest we forget we are not of this world. He has so much more in store for us in heaven, and that’s where our focus should always be.
We may actually be trusting God most not when we feel like we are trusting him (those are the easy times), but when we don’t feel it but act as though we do. Trust is a verb. It is not an adjective or an emotion; it is an action. When we are most scared but still moving forward, that is trusting God.
Hebrews 13:5 from the Amplified Translation comes to mind. I hope it will bring comfort to you: I will not in any way fail you, nor give you up, nor leave you without support. I will not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake you, nor relax my hold on you.
God will take care of you, day by day, step by step.
You’ll make it.