Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Moving Experience

Many people I know are moving. I have five new addresses for family members to change in my address book. Last year at this time, we were involved in one of life’s greatest stressors—selling our house and buying a new one. Fall of 2011 is a complete blur. We spent day after beautiful day digging through our attic and basement–sorting, discarding, packing, and reminiscing. Dealing with realtors, appraisers, inspectors, and contractors took up the rest of our time and energy. Whew! It makes me tired just writing about it. What is accomplished in one hour on Home & Garden Television (HGTV) took us much longer to achieve—and we are not done yet. There are still boxes to open and closets to organize. When we add up all the pluses and minuses of our moving adventure, it remains for us a good decision and positive move. Why did we put ourselves through the frustration and work?  We needed to simplify our lives, and by doing so, freed up more time for hobbies and ministry in our church and community. 
In the next two weeks, our church people are moving to a transitional location while our new church building is under construction. Our existing property and building was bought by a company that is constructing housing for the exploding student population at Kennesaw State University. Our congregation bought its acreage seventeen years ago for $39,000 per acre and sold it for $500,000 per acre. I like God’s kind of inflation. We have grown comfortable in our present building and location, so there will some adjustments to make—but lots of new opportunities as well. The senior adults in our church are some of the most excited about the move. Often seniors are stereotyped as people unwilling to change, but ours have embraced it.
Don’t be afraid to keep moving on,
For what was before, now has gone,
God wants to accomplish so much more,
But we need to move forward in the Lord.
© By M.S. Lowndes, Based on Isaiah 43:18-19


  1. It is not just the moving in. It is the the taking shelfs out of closets, Then repairing the walls. It is adding a new stom door, and new light fixtures. Oh, yes there is the moving again once you are in the home to make your home. Then after it sits for a while move it again. It is much like the Top Sargent in the Army who told the private to dig a hole. The private said,"where do I put the dirt." The Sargent said,"dig another hole."

  2. I have moved so many times in my life that I want to "sit" a spell. I did enjoy Charles' response, who is ordering these changes? Teehee.
    We moved about 19 times as a child, my dad was a railroad man and they move more often than the military families. Mom was our sargent and we had plenty of orders, we could pack up the whole house in a few days and unpack one about as quick.
    We had a saying, "Home is where you hang your hat".