I’m doing some reminiscing this week. It’s part of my exercise in letting go of the past in order to embrace the future. It boosts my faith to look back at ways God directed in the past. Why would I doubt he will not continue to direct?

I joked about  seeing the literal sign ‘Pace’s neighborhood’ off Pace’s Ferry Rd. as a sign that this was where we were to live. The story doesn’t stop there because driving through Vinings I spotted this place on a hill:

On a whim we drove up the hill and went in to ask if this was residential property. It was and because of circumstances too numerous to explain we discovered it was residential property that we could afford to rent.

Lesson learned: I’m thinking it’s important to ‘look up’ during transitions! The glance upward–even when I was discouraged–brought into literal view what became for us a place of refreshment and refuge for the past year.

“I look to you, heaven-dwelling God, look up to you for help.” Psalm 123:2 MSG

©Brenda Pace, 2010

“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

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”

~Karen Kaiser Clark

This was my life last week:

Moving Day

Packed boxes are a good metaphor for change. Change has been a constant in my life as a military spouse. All of these boxes are going into storage for many months. I am wondering today what change will have taken place in my life when it is time to open these boxes again? As the quote above states, I recognize I have a choice in the process of growing in my character through this transition. What will I do today to take a step toward healthy growth?

My prayer for this time of transition: That I may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10 NIV).

©Brenda Pace, 2010