Dealing with Change
Are you good with change? I know some of us deal with change better than others. Seasons change, like they did this week (yay summer!), but that happens predictably every few months. Sometimes you face bigger milestone changes, like graduations, new schools, new jobs and new routines… Those are the ones happening around here right now. I think I am going to do fine with our changes, even the one with the girl moving far away for next year, and the boy starting school every day. (Yes, that’s right, we had a preschool grad a couple weeks ago and a high school grad is coming up next week.)
The one that will be the biggest change for me is a new job coming up. August 1 I start full time- it’s at our church, so not unfamiliar, but it will be a season of developing a new normal for me. The biggest challenge will be TIME – how do I fit in full time work hours in summer and when the boy is half time at school? And which of my sidelines will I have time for? The sewing has been nice and lucrative lately, but that takes a lot of time, too. And then this blog… my new job will be in ministry, so I feel less that this is necessary for me to do, but don’t want to just drop it either.
A few weeks yet, then I’ll begin that process of change.
What Remains the Same
I think one of the main reasons that change is not too difficult for me is that I know that my foundation never will. My faith, my God, my values, and who I am at my core are solid.
Funny story about that… I’ve been a stay at home mom for 5 1/2 years now, and I knew that I would probably have to look for work when the boy was in school. I always had the feeling – based on experience – that when it was time, God would hand me the perfect thing and say, “Here. This is what’s next for you.” Now I’ve been watching job ads a bit, and thinking about jobs I’d like to do, but not finding anything to get excited about. We decided one day that it was time to look, and within 48 hours, I had been offered this job. Not an area I had been looking in AT ALL, but – hmmm – where my education and experience has been.
I’m not sure if this will be long term or just for the one year, but I am grateful for God’s provision and happy that it will be so flexible for me while N is in Kindergarten.
With all of that in mind, this verse has been in the forefront of my mind. I thought it would make a great printable to share with you.
Put Him First
The context is that Jesus is telling people not to worry about what they will eat or wear; that “…your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 32-34). That last part is one of my favourites because of its honesty – Each day has enough trouble of its own. Reassuring, too, to realize that trouble (and changes) are part of life. And that’s ok. You don’t have to worry. There is someone much greater than you who knows what you need.
So help yourself to this print; tell your friends! In a week or so I’ll be moving it to my shop only, but for now it’s free. Just right click and ‘save image as’…
Wishing for you peace in the season you are in, changes and all.