Transitions: Wrap-up & Bonus Material

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We started this journey of Transitions just 6-7 weeks ago (give or take), and it has been an absolute joy to hear stories of transitions from near and far! Thank you to all of our viewers in India, UK, Ukraine, Croatia, Romania, and the USA! We appreciate you taking the time to read each post and we love when comments and questions come through.

Over the past few weeks you’ve heard from me and from some of my tribe, my people, who have walked through and who are still walking through transition. They shared their best advice and encouragement for navigating the seasons that we find ourselves in. I’ve learned so much from the messages shared and I hope you have too! A huge shout out to our contributors this month: Melissa Atencio-Colmenero & Nina Aguirre (check out Nina’s blog! https://mountainstomakai.com)  

Before we wrap up this series, I just have one more BONUS piece to share with you. These two authors joined forces to give you a little encouragement and let you know their personal experience from the inside:)

A while back, I asked my daughters to share a bit of encouragement to those who might find themselves in the midst of transition. I didn’t give them an outline to follow- I just asked them to share from their own experience. Here is what they had to say:

“Eight months into this transition and there’s a lot that has happened and a lot has been learned. If you are someone who is going into or through a transition remember this: Be patient as things continue to happen, if you leave everything in God’s hands, he will do the impossible in your life. “For with God nothing will be impossible.” [Luke 1:37, NKJV] You see, when we put our faith and trust in the Lord and are patient, everything in our lives will happen in his perfect plan and his timing. If my family and I did not put our faith and trust in God we would not be where we are today. If we didn’t move eight months ago, we wouldn’t not be with the friends we have made or in the season we are in. We may not have known all the answers during our transition out of Denver, but we were patient and the Lord blessed us beyond our imaginations with people and plans that helped us with our big move. Transition and changes are no joke, but sometimes they give you the most extraordinary experiences and unforgettable lessons you will ever learn. Eight months is a big deal:)”-Lianna

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Lianna

“Transitions. Where to start? We all go through a time in our lives where we have to go somewhere else because of a job, college, or we just have to leave because we feel a calling somewhere. For me this transition had its challenges, but it also was one of the best things that happened to me. I will always remember that no matter what, God has great things in store. Even if you are going through a rough time, trust in God and he will provide.”-Talia

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Talia

Wise words from such wise young ladies:). I’m so glad they are mine:).

Friends, transition is no respecter of age. In fact, the older we get, the more transitions we face. The good news is, we don’t have to face transitions alone. We can link arms with those around us and suit ourselves up with the truth of God’s Word, from the messages we received, reminding us:

Week 1: We can live in thankfulness for the support we receive from our friends and family while we walk through transitions, giving thanks for each one. “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” (Ephesians 1:16 NIV)

Week 2: We can allow God to transform us through the process of transition, learning from the example of Christ, who walked through transition to become Emmanuel- God With Us. We can choose to say and live out the same words, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42 NIV)

Week 3: We can experience the greatest adventure with God even if our transition does not feel perfect. Because after all, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)

Week 4: We can choose to walk in obedience and experience blessing as we follow God through our transitions. We can learn to trust God and demonstrate our faith to those around us as we move from from belief into action. “Blessed are all who fear The Lord, who walk in obedience to Him.” (Psalm 128:1 NIV)

What a wonderful time we have had through this series; learning and growing together and embracing the seasons we find ourselves in. Just like these lovely little ladies:).

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Sisters make the best pals on adventures

Stay tuned as we embark on another new series! Comment below on how this series of Transitions has been an encouragement to you!

Go the extra mile: Check out this song from Steffany Gretzinger. Confident is a favorite tune for both of my girls (ok, and me too), and they picked it out just for you!

 

*A very special thanks to Libby Neder Photography based out of Denver, CO. We have been so blessed to have her capture our family photos and she does an outstanding job on wedding photos and so much more. Seriously, she’s the real deal! Find Libby at http://libbyneder.com

O is for Obedience

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This past December was not the only time I’ve moved with children in tow. I have moved with little ones before:). In May of 2006, my then family of 4 loaded up a massive U-Haul in South Carolina and drove all the way back to our home state of Colorado. My two daughters were 4 years old and almost 6 months, so the adventure we discussed with them involved making sure we let them know where we were going and reassuring them that we had enough snacks to get there.

My oldest daughter knew we were moving closer to our families, and asked regularly about people we had left behind. One weekend after having been in our new location for just over a week, she began to wail and cry as we drove onto the highway. We were headed to a wedding over the weekend, but she thought we were moving again because she saw bags full of belongings in the trunk. Then it hit us…she was feeling the weight of the move we just made. Her little heart couldn’t bear to say goodbye again and she couldn’t hold in all of the emotions, hence, the wailing and crying.

Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and months turned into years before we would ever have to cross the bridge of discussing a move with our now family of 5.

From experience, when it’s just two individuals, it’s easy to make a move across the country or across the sea. Throw in some babies or a toddler and it is still relatively smooth. But the older the children are, the more questions they will have. If they are teenagers or approaching those years, it also comes with many tears, long hugs, words of reassurance and lots of prayers from both parents and kiddos.

Why so many prayers?
For us as parents making the final decisions, we felt the weight of what would happen once we said, “yes” again. We knew the ache we would feel leaving loved ones behind, and also the joy of building new friendships in a new place. We knew that beginning a new adventure in a new location meant leading by demonstration – how to walk in obedience.

You see, obedience is a lesson we are learning alongside our children. Obedience is also a lesson we can choose to live out in front of them, whether they are 3 years old or 30. In the seemingly little assignments we feel we ought to do, and in the weightier assignments that require more of us.

Friend, I don’t know what transition you might be stepping into. You may feel like you are going at it alone, or maybe you have kiddos and are walking into a new season with big decisions ahead. Perhaps as you read this, you are literally packing boxes of a life you no longer have, or just pulling into a new town to begin with a clean slate. Maybe your transition is a little more simple; maybe you are feeling the nudge to apply for a new position at your current job. You may even be at the very beginning stages of feeling a transition approaching- it’s ok. Whatever the case, you get to choose obedience.

Our generous and loving God offers us this beautiful reminder:

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Walking is something we either do or we don’t. We can choose to walk in obedience, or we can choose to be paralyzed by fear and freeze under the weight of the great unknown.

Here’s a glimpse of how we shared this moment with our kiddos: “We get this opportunity to say “yes” to God as a family and “yes” to what He is asking of us in this moment…we can choose to go begrudgingly or with resistance or, we can choose to go obediently – full of gratitude that He would choose us to be a part of His plan.”

And so, our 3 kiddos chose to walk with us:).

I wanted to send a reminder to you friend, that all the unknown details of your life do not have to be figured out before you choose to walk in obedience. Walking through times of transition comes with both moments of clarity and moments with just enough light for the next right step. Friend, when you know that you have heard Him calling you to a time of transition, go- and do not delay. Trust in God and in His timing. Remember, you are not alone. Others prepared the ground you are now walking through, and others still, will follow in your footsteps of obedience. Let’s hold tight to God’s promises and lift each other up in prayer as we continue to walk through transitions together.

Let’s Pray: Father God, our words today are simple- we pray that our hearts’ first response to Your call would always be obedience. We want to follow You and we choose today to trust in Your ways and in Your timing, no matter the transition at hand. Help us Lord as we lead by example, to remember that others are searching for answers and observing our faith. God, we pray that our faith in You would go beyond belief and move into action. Lord, we desire to serve You and follow You through every season of our lives- even in transition. In Your Name, Amen.

Peace-liz

*Side note: We are still walking through parenting in the midst transition:) We are by no means perfect. We are just a little under 8 months into our new location. Still a lot of news stuff to learn and enjoy, still many new adventures to have and memories to make. And still plenty of new rhythms of life to discover:). We are NEWBIES…straight newbies:).

Go The Extra Mile:

Check out this song by Hillsong. I hope it lifts you up today and reminds you of the hope we have in the midst of our changing seasons:)