“When you’re safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.” ~Thornton Wilder

I have enjoyed every place I have lived as a military spouse. The making of a house into a HOME has always been a fun challenge and moving has always been an adventure. Last year when we moved to Atlanta I was so disappointed to not be able to live on the military installation of Ft. McPherson. Not only were there lovely historic homes, but I longed for the ‘community’ that always results with life on an Army post.
After the disappointing news that there were no quarters available to us on the grounds of Ft. Mc, we regrouped and began looking for another place to live. We found ourselves exploring the lovely village of Vinings. I didn’t even know there was a ‘village of Vinings’ in Atlanta, but I knew I was home when I spotted this sign:

A "sign" that this would be home!

I am kidding…kind of. We did end up living in this neighborhood, right off these roads:

Signs of home

This is a little tongue in cheek, even if my theology does allow me to believe God provides some ’signs’ along the way to guide me where he wants me to go. The greatest ’sign’ I have to know he will continue to guide me in this time of transition is the knowledge of his great love for me. Scripture provides multitudes of promises that he will lead and guide as I entrust my life to him.
Here are just some examples of true ’signs’ to follow in times of transition:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight. ~Proverbs 3:5-6
The intentions of the heart belong to a man, but the answer of the tongue comes from the Lord. All the ways of a person seem right in his own opinion, but the Lord weighs the motives. Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established. The Lord works everything for its own ends–even the wicked for the day of disaster. ~Proverbs 16:1-4
A person plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps. ~Proverbs 16:9
The Lord shows his faithful followers the way they should live. ~Psalm 25:12

What are some scriptures that have directed you in times of transition?

©Brenda Pace, 2010
Packing again
I’m traveling again this week! Last big trip for a while. I do consider the opportunity to travel a gift, although the process is not as glamourous as it sometimes sounds. Packing can be a challenge–I tend to forget important things. Sitting for a long time in close quarters can be a challenge–even people with short legs have issues in airplane seats. As I was getting ready for this trip I remembered a devotion I wrote for The One Year Yellow Ribbon Devotional on the topic. Thought I’d post it today in honor of packing dilemmas.
It Will Fit
How can we understand the road we travel? It is the Lord who directs our steps.~Proverbs 20:24 NLT
“To the child of God, there is no such thing as accident. He travels an appointed way. The path he treads was chosen for him when as yet he was not, when as yet he had existence only in the mind of God.” A.W. Tozer[1]
A desire of my heart has been to travel the world. As a military spouse I have not only had the privilege to do this, but I have lived in both Europe and Asia. There have been countless miles logged over the years as God has provided opportunities to share a word of encouragement with others throughout the world. The stamps in my passport are treasures of these gifts.
I’ve had to travel alone enough to appreciate the times I’ve had a traveling companion. My friend Victoria and I journeyed many miles together during a term of leadership for the military chapel women’s ministry Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC). Each time we are together something reminds us of one of our many expeditions and we find ourselves laughing as we relive a special time.
In preparing to return home we always ended up having much more to pack than when we started and the concern would be if it would all fit. Our catch phrase and declaration was: it will fit! Many times we realized that there were some things we could leave as a gift for the hotel housekeeper or our host. But, someway, somehow those things that were most important always did fit into the suitcase.
It will fit continues to be our catch phrase today as Victoria and I compare notes on things other than literal packing of a suitcase. Now we discuss our schedules and the ministry goals and dreams the Lord allows us to have and we encourage each other that if it truly is God’s appointed way, it will fit.
We do have to be cautious that we don’t crowd our lives with so many things that we become too busy to enjoy the gift of life God has given us. God does have an appointed way for each of us to travel. If we find that doing what God wants doesn’t seem to fit, then maybe that is the time we should consider removing something that is unnecessary.
Father, thank you for the promise of your direction through life. Keep me ever mindful of the priorities that are pleasing to you. As I begin this new day, I place all of the choices of how I can spend this day before you. Help me to complete the things that truly fit and to remove the things that are extra weight. In your name I pray. Amen.

[1] A.W. Tozer, We Travel an Appointed Way. (Camp Hill, PA:Wingspread Publishers, 1988) 1.
This devotional thought is taken from The One Year™Yellow Ribbon Devotional by Brenda Pace and Carol McGlothlin. Entry from October 1 It Will Fit.