Change – a certainty

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  – Benjamin Franklin

And change. Change is for sure.

Our life is about to change again, as my husband starts a new job and we relocate to a new state. I know, we just got here. We’ve been in Florida for barely over a year, and we’ve loved it. But change is inevitable, so off we go to Virginia.

And it’s ok. We’ve discovered in this past year that we love the beach and the palm trees. We love eating our meals outside and opening all the windows in the house. We love sunsets and egrets and dolphins and alligators.

And I bet we’ll love the next place. The town is just a few miles from both Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway. It sounds beautiful, and I’m looking forward to checking it out. There will be lots of mountain biking and hiking trails and historical sites. Another adventure with my husband. Another part of the country to see and explore.

Change can be difficult for me – I’ve never really liked it. It helps when I call it “adventure.”

I choose to assume that I will manage this adventure well. I am not worried about a depression relapse. I have this past year’s experience to know that settling in will take me some time – more time than I think it should – and I hope this will help me be more patient with the process. I will make friends. I will find a church home. I will learn my way around town. I will make my house into a home. These things I have learned.

And I have learned to trust God at another level than I trusted Him the last time we moved. I have learned – again, and on this deeper level – that I can trust God with all of these details. He is deeply interested in me and my relationship with Him, and He is continually at work in my life. His desire is His best for me, and He longs for me to put Him first in this move and everything else in my life.

The only thing that doesn’t change is God. He is immutable – rock steady, solid, unshakeable. He doesn’t shift like shadows. Everything that is true about God – that He is love, just, holy, caring, present, Savior, Wonderful, Light, life – these things are true about Him always. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 So while my life circumstances change, my God does not. And there is great peace in that truth.

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20 thoughts on “Change – a certainty

  1. Simply Beloved July 6, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I just started writing on here and I’ve been so encouraged by your words. thank you.

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  2. kbailey374 April 15, 2016 / 9:00 am

    Yes. And change! So what is the timeline? I am glad you are taking it “in stride” which mplies you had already been moving. I will miss knowing you are my neighbor, that gave me some comfort, and I’m sorry I didn’t get down to see you! (hence, my question) xoxo

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    • peggyricewi April 16, 2016 / 11:52 am

      Timeline could be soon. Husband starts new job before the end of April. Need to sell our house here and find one there. Have loved living in FL – will be back!

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      • kbailey374 April 17, 2016 / 7:08 am

        Wow! Quick! 😀 Love your attitude about it!

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      • kbailey374 April 28, 2016 / 9:54 pm

        Thinking of you – where you at girl 😀 Hopefully busy and happily moving 😀 xoxo

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      • peggyricewi April 29, 2016 / 10:16 am

        In VA looking at houses. Maybe my next blog post will be what to write when you aren’t sure what to say!

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  3. Anne April 13, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Beautifully written and so true! You will “feather another nest” as my mom said and have another adventure-meet new people and grow a little in the process! You have the right attitude and attitude is EVERYTHiNG!

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  4. DeniseBalog April 13, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Love your post! Virginia mountains are breath taking. Oh the beauty of winter in the mountains:) It’s all about the journey and it sounds like Jesus has you well prepared and equipped for yours! Excited to hear more of your adventure!! Blessings:)

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  5. Jane Kelly April 13, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    Wonderful post and I love what you have learned about change and our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Continuing to pray for this next transition. God’s grace and peace to both of you!!

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  6. kakingsbury April 13, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    Yes. It’s in the mountains a little north of Charlottesville. Probably only a 3.5 hour drive from me😊🚗🗻🗻❤️

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  7. kakingsbury April 13, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    Oh Peggy – I don’t like change either but I’m very excited about this change of yours because you and I will be within driving distance. We can do all the “cousin” things we never got to do when we were growing up so far apart from each other!!!
    And of course I will hike with you and Rick and I will be your personal tour guides to just about any Civil War battlefield you want to visit. We have been to most of them in VA.
    What is the town (I’m guessing Northern VA) and when do you move?
    SO excited that you will be closer.
    Kalen

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  8. Phyllis Heck April 13, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Loved reading this. Miss you sweet friend. It is good to know, that for now, life is good. BUT God is “gooder”

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