And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Step Outside

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.“
Winnie the Pooh

It really made me laugh when I saw this quote this morning (thanks Crew leaders!). This is certainly something we have struggled with the last few years. We were in a church surrounded by friends of like ages with kids of similar ages that just fit our family. Most of us moms stayed at home and eventually became homeschoolers. The dads all bonded and found similar interests. We were able to study the Word, lift each other up in hard times, and pray for one another consistently. It was such a blessed time. Of course, I didn't always recognize the specialness of that time at the time. Isn't that the way?

When that season came to a close, we found ourselves embracing our community. We reconnected with neighbors and friends who lived closer to us. Our kids got a little older and became involved in sports in that area. We found ourselves in a different time, much different, but still so wonderful. We worshiped with friends. We spent our weekends among those we'd known for years. We enjoyed life with others who were enjoying life too.

When we moved from that community, it was a big adjustment. It feels like time has just blown right by. It's hard to grasp how quickly two and a half years have passed. We find ourselves living in a place where we still aren't quite established. Our kids play some sports here. We've met some people. We just haven't found our place here. I really began to feel the loss of that back at the end of 2015. When I decided my word for 2016 would be "Hospitality", I think I had it in mind that I needed to open my home to people from our area. To be honest, that's not happened much at all. Yet. Because 2016 still isn't over. Because things can change quickly. Because we are making steps to find friends here.

We aren't waiting for them to come to us. It isn't like someone is just going to ring the doorbell and want to come in for coffee and be BFFs. We have to roll up our sleeves, push down our anxiety, and take ourselves out of our corner. Sometimes it just takes a quote from Pooh to put it all in perspective.

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