Taken on a hike at Pinnacle Peak April 2010 — see the Gila monster?
At the end of 2010 my husband and I moved back ‘home’. We left Ohio in 1999, spent a few years in Illinois and six in Arizona. This move was a major transition on top of other changes, many of which we had no control over. Isn’t that how transitions seem to happen?
I really appreciated a friend who sent this prayer for me:
“Thank you God for this transition. Transition is sometimes messy but necessary so I glory in this – knowing you are right here with me and it is not messy or confusing to you. I am going to open my eyes and step in the path that you have already cleared for me even though I can’t see it.”
May God bless you in your current transition.
I will be facilitating a new Women-in-Transition Group beginning Tuesday, June 11th, at 6:15 p.m. at Crossroads on 23.
This group is for women in a season of change. It may be a welcome change, or not. Maybe you are reaching that point in life where you realize it is ‘now or never’ if you want to reach a goal or fulfill a dream.
A few things we will talk about in no particular order are:
- Essential Endings
- Grief and Loss
- The difference between wanting to change and changing
- Obstacles and Excuses
- Normal isn’t coming back
- If not now, when?
- Where is God in all of this
- Encourage and Support each other
- Have fun and Go on an ADVENTURE
What You Do Next Matters
Notice I didn’t say what happens next matters. That’s because in times of transition and change, what you do next sets the tone for this season of
adventure transition. Look here to find out more about me.
If you, or someone you know, might find this group a good fit, please share with them!
In recent years I’ve been learning some interesting things about how people (self included) experience God in a season of change or time of transition. The transition could be challenging, sad, disappointing or confusing. On the other hand, it could be welcome with much anticipation.
Transition sometimes means circumstances are beyond your control and you’re desperate for life to return to normal. It could be you are choosing change, but that doesn’t make it risk free. Stability usually feels good and with transition – even one of our own choosing may involve fear and loss. And who wants to go through that?
So whether you are embarking on an exciting new adventure or find yourself disappointed in people and circumstances, where is God in all of that?
Transition affects who you are and your relationship with God. It becomes part of your story – a piece of the fabric in your spiritual journey. Are you finding peace? Confusion? Maybe God seems distant, or some of what you have been taught about God rings hollow.
Be kind to yourself. Perhaps gather with a few others who are also experiencing transition. Share your story. (Yes, I am starting a new group in NW Ohio in early June!) It would be great to connect with you in person or in the comments section. You don’t have to do this alone.