New Chapters of Life

Today I closed a chapter of my life and opened another.

It may not seem all that important to some, but to me it did strange things to my emotions. I didn’t even sleep well in anticipation of the big change.

I mean, am I the only one alive that is sad to say goodbye to a faithful car that is almost ready to bite the dust when it means that I also get to be happy about getting a new car that runs well and doesn’t have any apparent problems?

After all, there are a lot of happy memories wrapped up in that old car.

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  • Both of the kids were in car seats for a considerable amount of time.
  • We made an uncountable amount of trips to and from school for about 9 grades or so in that car.
  • We drove it to family outings and to eat with friends and family.
  • It was our transportation to the park or to eat ice cream.
  • We took it to the store, to the library, to yard sales with exciting finds.
  • My son started his driver’s ed training in it.
  • We had several important conversations in it that are memorable.
  • We drove it to church countless times.
  • And there’s more, but I think you understand what I mean.

Now the “kids” have started talking seriously about which college they want to attend. They aren’t kids anymore.

100_5687One of them is on his way to getting his driver’s license and very well could be leaving home in a little over a year.

Saying goodbye to the old to say hello to the new can leave us with so many mixed thoughts and emotions.

I wouldn’t want my babies to stay babies forever. That would be sadder yet.

But it’s so hard to let go and let them fly out into a world full of spiritual mine fields, not to mention the dangers of every day life that “could” happen.

Yet, we have been training them for such a time as this. Hmm where have I heard that phrase before? Oh yes, Esther 4:14.

So, the thing is, God has not only put me exactly where He wants me for such a time as this, but He also has plans for those we have been training. I need to let them go become the young adults that God wants them to be, to accomplish the important-in-the-kingdom-of-God jobs that He is preparing them to perform for His glory.

So, before I left the car dealership, I touched the surface of the car to make sure it was not too hot, then I gave it a quick kiss goodbye.

But I don’t have to say goodbye to the memories.  They are still there.

And now we have a new car (and I’m thankful for it) to make new memories in as the young people, whom God has so blessed us with, move into new areas of training so they can move out into the areas of service to which God is calling them.

What about you?  Do you find change difficult?  What are some verses that help you in times like this?  Would you be so kind as to share them with me in the comment section below?

Thanks so much!  🙂

God bless!

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23 thoughts on “New Chapters of Life

    1. Yes, Amy, I think there is a certain amount of grief attached to goodbyes. Sometimes it is more surface and short-lived, like with the car, but other times it is deeper and harder to get over.
      Thanks for the congrats! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Have a blessed Sunday! 😊

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  1. Change is always difficult no matter how excited we are about it…no matter how much of an upgrade it is. We like what is familiar, what brings us warm memories and fuzzy thoughts. So while we know we need to move on, it is much easier said than done in most instances. May your new vehicle bring you as many beautiful stories as your old one did.

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  2. I don’t do well with change, especially electronics, they just frustrate me and I’m forever saying I could’ve happily lived in an era before them;)
    On a more serious note, my kids are 8, 10, and 12 now and sometimes I’m saddened to see how independent they’ve become. I get hung up in missing the years when they were 1, 3, and 5 and such and so dependent; but there’s such great danger in lamenting over this because I cause myself the risk of missing the here and now precious moments. It’s a constant prayer, asking God to help me appreciate my current blessings.

    Congrats on the car, where I’m sure many new great memories will happen;)

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    1. Yeah, I hear you on the technology changes, Alicia! I’m glad for technology, but it sure is hard to keep up every few months!
      That’s excellent insight on appreciating our current blessings! Thanks! Yes, we sure don’t want to spend a lot of time getting hung up in the past to the effect of missing the present blessings God is giving us! Amen!
      Thanks for the congrats on the car! It felt better driving it today, but it is going to take a while before it stops feeling like I’m driving a rental car. I’ve driven this same type of car as a rental twice, just different colors. I think when it finally sinks in that this is really my car, there’s going to be a wow factor! God is so good!

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  3. For myself having a daughter who is chronically ill with a few autoimmune diseases, I cling to Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord” and he does for my daughter, Victoria. She just graduated from Liberty University an on line student with a 3.8 GPA, and she will be going on for her Masters in becoming a Christian Counselor. Also, I remember Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord,” so I put my trust in our Lord.

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    1. Thank you so much, Eileen, for sharing these verses that God used to help you through these difficult trials! Congratulations to you and your daughter for having succeeded in this victory with God’s help, and may she continue to do well in her Masters classes!
      What a comfort it is to know that the Lord has a plan, and He is worthy of our trust! 🙂

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  4. Change can be difficult at first, but I always find it exciting! I put my trust in God so I lean on Proverbs 18:10 for comfort and reassurance.

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  5. I find a lot of change difficult, especially in regards to moving. Usually when it is stress induced and the very start of when it begins to take place. But once the dust has settled, (I just realized the joke since moving refers to a home, in which dust may settle..anyways xD ) it is nice to look back and be so thankful for what I was given. A lot of times it takes me a while to see how God provided during the stress, and I’m grateful when He shows me how His hand is still there even when things are rocky. 🙂

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    1. Amen, T. R. God is with us through all the changes! And though all else may change, He never will!
      Note: I’ve been driving the new car for a month now and am really liking it! I look back and wonder why it was such a big deal. Funny we both mentioned dust! Lol! My new car is about due for a little dusting of the dash board already. Guess I’d better get on it soon!

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      1. Amen, amen!!! 🙂 I keep noticing the dust in our car and I need to clean it. The outside would do well to have a cleaning too haha 🙂 I’m so glad you have been enjoying the car. I think sometimes in the moment of change that is when it is the hardest, but praise God He helps us adjust. So thankful for that ❤

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