Possibility through change!

Sudden turns in life, unexpected events, and surprises that sneak up on us are all chances for growth, new insights, and the opportunity to take advantage of new possibilities. Life has been topsy-turvy over the past few months, and in looking back over what has transpired, I can’t help but be grateful for all that has taken place.

We all make plans, and expect to carry out those plans. But what happens when circumstances change our well-intentioned ideas so nothing we thought would happen actually takes place? Unexpected changes can lead us to new possibilities and take us to unknown places that may just turn out to be a huge blessing!!

We moved twice in the last four months, and are still waiting to move into our permanent home sometime in June. In all the chaos, we purged our garage and closets of unnecessary “stuff” and pared down what we brought with us to our new place of residence in Colorado. In all of the craziness, we have seen God’s hand leading us every step of the way. Our house sold in record time and for a ridiculous price. We found a rental that took our big great dane dog, and moved closer to two of our grandkids. On the day we moved into our new place, my husband was invited to interview for his dream job. Upon getting an offer for this job, we were able to get out of our lease, and move halfway across the United States within a couple of weeks. Phew!

I never expected all of these things to happen, yet here I am, living in Colorful Colorado, and starting over after 21 years in California. If anyone had told me six months ago that I would be here, I would have laughed. Yet it feels exactly right. This is where I/we are meant to be right now, and I am going to embrace this new adventure with joy and excitement for all that can happen from here on out.

I like things stable and predictable, but I am beginning to see that change can be good. When things stay the same all the time, I get too complacent and maybe even too satisfied with the status quo. Shaking things up a bit causes me to re-evaluate my priorities, and to take stock in what it is I should be focusing on each day.

So I am looking at all the new possibilities ahead for my life – new friendships, new places to use my gifts and abilities, and new chances to make a difference in this world. Change can be good, and for me, right now, it is the catalyst to new possibilities that I never imagined! I don’t know what tomorrow may bring, but I know who holds my future. My hope is in God alone, and I will rely on Him as I forge ahead in this new place! To God be the glory!¬†Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Unplanned Possibilities

It has been two weeks since we arrived in Colorful Colorado, and I feel like I am right where I am supposed to be. We have already found a house, and things have fallen into place with remarkable speed. It is not a coincidence. I firmly believe that God had a plan for us, and has paved the way for our future here. It has been such an easy transition, and I am so grateful for this.

When we think about our lives and what we imagine them to look like from one day to the next, if you are like me, we all struggle with trying to plan and make things happen the way we want them to turn out. But sometimes, when we have no control over our situations, and we allow events to play out in ways we have not thought of or orchestrated, we find ourselves in the middle of God’s real purposes for us, and it is spectacular! I find this to be true of my life right now.

We lived in Colorado for 18 years – from 1976-1994. My kids were born there, and it is the place where I first lived my “adult” life after college. When we left in 1994 for a job in California, I was devastated. I loved Colorado and our life there, and was not prepared to uproot and start over. I was deeply depressed for many months, and it wasn’t until I got involved with a church community and started using my abilities to help others that I started to feel better and settled into our new life.

Now we are back, in a new city, with new possibilities and many unknowns. Where will we fit in? What friendships will we cultivate? How will we spend our time, and where can we make a difference? Is there someone who needs what we have to offer? I am eagerly anticipating what is ahead, even though I don’t know what that looks like. I am not going to try to figure it out, but to walk through each day asking God what He wants me to do to bring honor and glory to His name. It might not look like what I imagine, but if it brings blessing to Him and I can show love and kindness to others, then I am content. I feel like we have come full circle, and I am now back home.

estes-park-600x400Don’t waste time trying to make things work for you. Rest in the assurance that God has your back and knows what is best for your life. Spend time instead in His Word and in seeking what He wants you to be doing. The peace of Christ will guard your heart as you trust in Him. You can be content in any situation, with all the unplanned possibilities at your feet! With gratitude for all God is and does, let’s live our lives for His purposes, and enjoy every moment. To God be the glory!

Colorado Possibilites!

We have safely arrived in Colorado from California! We were welcomed with snow flurries and a bristling cold, and it is absolutely fabulous! I love seeing snow fall from the sky! It has been many years since I have lived in snow country, and the big fluffy flakes that we are seeing remind me of childhood fun in the snow in New York.

But I digress. We lived in Colorado for 18 years, but that was 21 years ago! I was reminded of some things as we traveled across the country, and saw the majestic vistas of snow-covered mountains and scenery that looked like a post card for the west. I had forgotten about pronghorns and prairie dogs. They seem to litter the countryside from Utah on, as well as the crazy black and white magpies that pop up everywhere along the way. I love these reminders of our past here, and it causes me to think that there is so much possibility ahead as we explore this beautiful state once again, and find our way around new, exciting places.

What is going through my mind right now? Questions about how I will find my niche here, and where I will plug in and join others in community. What friends will I make and where can I make a difference are high on that list of questions. I have been in the same place for quite a while, and change is not always easy for me. I know that this is where God has us for the next season of our lives, and I don’t want to waste it. As we step out in faith into all the new experiences that lie ahead, I am grateful for God’s provision for us, and for all the possibilities to intentionally live every day. No matter where we are, our lives can reflect what we believe. I want to be the woman God made me to be, and to live out the purposes He has created for me to fulfill. The place doesn’t matter, but my character does! This is my opportunity to step into all the possibilities that lie ahead and embrace this new adventure with positive energy and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Each day is a gift, and I want to live life to the fullest with every moment I am given here. “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24