Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Growing Pains...

It has been a little over five months since we moved to Albuquerque from Ann Arbor, and the transition hasn’t exactly been smooth. Perhaps it is because my birthday was last week, or we recently had friends come to visit, but I am really missing home. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not missing the Polar Vortex weather, but I am missing just about everything else… our friends, grocery store, my hair colorist, our church, my old job, the Great Lakes, etc.

There are things we like about New Mexico, but there are also a lot of things we don’t, and the process to better those things feels so slow. The culture here is totally different, which is great, but we are tired of feeling like we have to love it. If we don’t love it, that should be okay too.

(And yes, I would like some cheese with my whine.)

John and I are reading Believing God by Beth Moore together, and so far, it has been fabulous – exactly what need right now (funny how that works, huh?). It is great to be reading it with John so we can hold each other accountable to the lessons we are learning.

Here are some of the truths that we are holding on to.
- “First and foremost, “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6). That’s one reason we may as well accept faith challenges as a fact of life and not be shocked or feel picked on when they come. God brings them to build our faith, prove us genuine, and afford Himself endless excuses to reward us. He delights in nothing more than our choice to believe Him over what we see and feel.”
- “...Getting by was never our destiny. We were meant to be profoundly effective.”
- “If we can come up with a God we can fully explain, we have come up with a different God from the Bible’s. We must beware of recreating an image of God that makes us feel better.”
- “Our toughest battles will invariably concern matters of faith—times when we’re tempted to think God’s Word and His ways won’t work for us, that He has abandoned us, let us down, or failed to come through for us. If Satan can get us to drop our shield of faith, he knows we can’t remain standing for very long.”
- “...Faith unchallenged ordinarily remains unchanged.”

5 comments :

  1. I love Beth moore's believing God. I did the study. But I feel you. There are pros and cons to cities and one major pro to the Midwest is that is what we know. I try not to compare them but I'm very lonely sometimes.

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  2. Moving is always hard - but there are always the good times that will hopefully outweigh the bad!! When I moved to Boston from Florida I thought I made the biggest mistake of my life - it took about 8 months, but finally everything fell into place!!

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  3. These are definitely great truths to hold onto. Moving is hard but also exciting! Give it time and it will become just like the place you left! I have faith in the both of you!

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  4. I can completely relate! I am missing home, Ann Arbor, friends and family too! I am trying to make new friends and find new hobbies but there really is no place like home.

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  5. I feel you, girl! When I moved from Buffalo three years ago, down to Charlotte, I had the worst home sickness (and still do sometimes). Granted, I DID NOT miss the snow, or ice, or cold, but I definitely missed some favorite people. I'm so happy you and your hubby found a book that speaks so true to you (and you're right- it's always funny how that happens when you need it the most) to help you guys get through the rocky times! I'm here if you need anything, any time! xo

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