Every month we bring you the personal and encouraging story of someone who has been uprooted by a move or other life change.
submitted by Jessica in Kansas
We moved to Iowa when I was 6 months pregnant and had an 18-month-old daughter. Shortly after this move we had to pack up and move to Kansas. I was not thrilled about doing it for the second time in two years! I was already struggling terribly with having moved away from all my family, friends and familiar places for the first move. Pregnant and raising an energetic toddler, I felt completely alone.
Out of sheer desperation to have someone understand what I was going through I wrote to Just Moved Ministry and was I shocked down to my toes when I got a phone call a few days later! It was a balm to my weary heart.
I found your book, [After the Boxes Are Unpacked] while unpacking a carton and immediately placed it on my bedside table. I am reading a chapter each night before bed and am trusting God's faithfulness more each day. I feel like God was giving me time to "practice" the moving process in our first move. I learned so much about making friends and getting involved; not to mention the nuts-and-bolts stuff like where to get a new driver's license, etc. As always, He knew just what I needed and I am trusting His faithfulness more each day.
Our son was born healthy and our daughter is now 2½. She and her brother are a constant source of laughter and smiles for us. I feel His peace more now than ever. Through these moves He is teaching me to trust Him and only Him; not draw all my security from where I live and who I know. He's got my life in His capable hands and I know He's not going to drop me! What wonderful assurance it is!
Thank you, Susan, for sharing your insights about moving in a book so that other women like me can benefit from them. Even though we've never met, I feel like you are a "sister of my heart."
I wrote you a letter almost a year ago when I was faced with a second move in as many years. I was reading your book, After the Boxes Are Unpacked, at the time and now I'm reading it again in my new home!
Has God led you to "divine appointments" and revealed His care for you in special ways? Write about it and send it to me, Ann Kelley, at email@example.com. Your story would be encouraging to women around the world!