On Change & Being Content

by Andrea Cooley

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A huge thanks to everyone who entered the Simply Tuesday giveaway! I loved reading about how you stop to savor the small moments of an ordinary day. The winner of the book is Joanna! I will send it to you soon!

Whew! It’s been a busy couple of weeks since I last posted. We found a house we love, made an offer on it that was accepted, put our house up for sale by owner, sold it, celebrated Foster’s 1st birthday, Adam and I had a night away in Omaha, and Emerson started preschool.

Just typing that all makes my head spin.

All summer, I was struggling with being content. We didn’t have any vacation planned, and it seemed like there was nothing big to look forward to. I am a planner and couldn’t help but feel like we were missing out.

I knew things wouldn’t stay that way forever. Several times when I was just itching to make something, anything happen, I felt like God was telling me to rest. To enjoy the slow pace. It wouldn’t last forever. And now I can’t help but smile because I feel like he was preparing me for this upcoming season.

Why is it so easy to recognize what God is teaching you in hindsight? Deep down I know he has a plan for every season and experience, but when I’m not in control, or things aren’t following my plan, it’s hard to trust.

Thankfully, even when my faith wavers and I try to manage my circumstances, God is ever faithful. He is so good to me and loves me so much better than I deserve and in ways I couldn’t imagine if I tried.

We move in 6 weeks. Just thinking about packing while chasing around a toddler and a 1 year old overwhelms me. I joked with a friend that I was in denial of everything that has to be done and could be found sipping iced coffee, making lists (because I’m really good at making lists and they make me feel like I accomplished something) and reading.

I know everything will get done. Life will be a little crazier than usual and it may be months before I know where everything is, but that’s OK.

As exciting as all this is, there is a part of me that doesn’t like change. Yes, it’s new and different and we feel like this will be the house we are in until our kids are grown and beyond, but change isn’t easy. It forces me out of my comfort zone. And even though I know that’s a good thing, change brings with it uncertainty. Some people thrive on change, but if I’m honest with myself, I tend to stick to what’s comfortable.

I’m not just talking about the change of moving to a new house. Change in general can be hard.

A few weeks ago, one of our pastors shared this quote (looking, it was before we knew we were going to be moving. God knew just what I needed to hear!)

Healthy things grow.
Growing things change.
Changing things challenge.
Challenge forces us to trust God.
Trusting God leads to obedience.
Obedience makes us healthy.
Healthy things grow.

I’m sure I will be thinking and writing more about change and our transition in the coming weeks and months. For now, does anyone have any tips for packing and moving with kids?

image: Jensine Lee

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