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Transitional Friday: 9 Considerations When Finding a New Home

A friend of mine recently purchased a new home.  This led to a stressful time, longing to make the right decision and find a house that would become a home.home for sale

  1. Assess your needs in advance
  2. Be realistic about what you can afford
  3. Is this a starter home or a family home you hope to stay in the rest of your life
  4. Do you need room for growth?  Are you planning on expanding your family?
  5. Search for the amenities you need or can’t live without
  6. Decide what you can live without if necessary
  7. Search for a home that meets the needs for you and your family
  8. Consider the neighborhood, surrounding schools, etc.  Is the home on or near a busy shopping center or road?  Is this something you can live with or will this cause too many delays?
  9. Is this home?  Do you love the house?  Does it feel like home?

What aspects did you take into consideration when searching for a new home?

starting over

Transitional Friday: 7 Lessons from Starting Over

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I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve had to start over.   The reasons for this are varied, but include moving, divorce, starting a new job, returning to college, etc.

With the new year here, we are all making new resolutions.   Often this includes losing weight.  Yet, two weeks later we’ve given up.   New resolutions are all part of starting over and learning new ways and techniques to improve ourselves.

Starting over can be exciting when thinking about the new possibilities.  Each change brings new hopes and dreams. starting over

  1. Adjustment takes time
  2. Embrace the experience
  3. Be thankful for the opportunity
  4. Look forward—what hopes and dreams does this experience open up
  5. Remember God has you here for a reason
  6. What lessons can you learn from this experience
  7. This is a new beginning

What have you learned from starting over?

routines

Transitional Friday: Ways to Develop New Routines

Life is all about changes.  With change comes new routines.routines

When making new routines, the important thing is to discover what is the most important things that HAVE to be done in a day.  Some things that must be done are work, care for children, eat, exercise, etc.

In what ways is your spouse, children and important people in your life being put first?

Next, look at the parts of your life that can be cut or toned down. What things do you not enjoy doing any longer or has become a hassle? Are the children constantly being run to various lessons?   Can these lessons be cut in half?  Which volunteering options can be given up or put on hold?  Who can help you meet your needs? {This can include transportation, cooking, cleaning, etc.}

Next, what is left?  What do you enjoy doing? Is there a hobby you love?  Can you find an hour a week for that golf game, crafting project, etc.?

Developing new routines is all about setting priorities and pairing down!

How do you set new routines?

give thanks

Transitional Friday: Home is where Heart is

home where heart isFor years I was unhappy with where I was living.  I did not want to be there.  I was fighting a spiritual battle, between what I wanted and what God wanted for my life.

There were times when the situation weighted so heavily on my heart that it gnawed away at me and I became angry.

Then a few months ago, God opened amazing doors for a new job in a new city an hour away.

I realized during this time that the place I’d been fighting living, had become more of a home than I ever expected or anticipated.give thanks

Only once I had left, did I realize how much this town and place had become home.

Often we don’t realize how important a place or person is until they are gone.

We are told to be “thankful in all things.”

This isn’t always easy, especially in trying circumstance.  I’ve really struggled with this lesson at times.

However, that is exactly what God wants for us.

What have you been thankful in?

God answers

Transitional Friday: Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayer

God hearsFor years I waited, longing and struggling to change and improve my circumstances and situation.  After leaving an abusive relationship, the journey to heal and recover took years.

I wondered if I would ever find the person I’d lost along the path.

I longed to be able to stand on my own two feet and to find a way to do this, but nothing seemed to be working.

I wondered if God heard my cries and prayers!  Had He forsaken me!  Would my circumstances ever improve?

Don’t get me wrong, my circumstances weren’t awful and were a whole lot better than they had been in the abusive relationship.  I just wanted more to my life.  There are still things, such as a family, that only God knows if and when that prayer will be answered.

God reminded me:God answers

  1. His reasons are often beyond are grasp
  2. He hears all of our prayers, cries, and tears
  3. His way is better than my way
  4. He is preparing me for a future that only He knows
  5. His timing is not my timing
  6. Sometimes His answer is no or not right now
  7. It’s not all about me.  There are times we are where we are to help someone else.  One example is being a caregiver.

What have you learned in the wait?

discouragement quote

Transitional Friday: 7 Lessons Learned from Discouragement

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There have been times when I wondered if anything was going my way.

No matter how hard I tried or how much effort I put into the endeavor nothing seemed to work.

This led to great disappointment and discouragement.  There were days when depression hit and I nothing could lift my mood.

When discouraged, I have to remind myself that:discouragement quote

  1. This too shall pass
  2. God is preparing me for something better
  3. God has a better plan
  4. There is a reason for this
  5. I need to spend more time in God’s word and in prayer seeking His will
  6. I need to work off the depression
  7. My circumstances don’t identify me as a person

What has discouragement taught you?

got work

Transitional Friday: 10 Lessons I learned from Job Searching

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Even before unemployment kicked in, I spent two years searching for a position.

Searching for a job is very overwhelming and frustrating.

What I learned is:got work

  1. There are so many options it is overwhelming
  2. There are times when there seems to be no options to choose from
  3. Narrowing down a job position is essential
  4. Although I want to rush the process, the company has other concerns that can slow things
  5. Networking is essential
  6. Persistence pays off
  7. I must have confidence in myself and my abilities
  8. Seek help from anyone and everyone possible—the least they can say is no
  9. In time the right fit will come along
  10. God is in control and has a plan

What lessons have you learned?