When Moving is Like Staying Put

For you bless the godly, O Lord;
you surround them with your shield of love. – Psalm 5:12

We’ve put the house up for sale. Moving is in our future. We’ve always lived a very nomadic kind of life and we like it that way. Living in different places (even if it’s all in the same country) and meeting different people is a kind of adventure. A fresh start. Exciting.

But not this time.

Moving when you’re chronically ill… just the thought makes me shudder. Seriously, I cry real tears when I think about it. It’s beyond daunting and enters into the realm of impossible.

But I think the hardest part, at least this time, is that I have lost my sense of adventure. It’s bumming me out.

Last week my sweet hubby asked me to tell him about my day and I snapped, “It’s right here! See this chair? That’s my day. Same as yesterday. Same as tomorrow. What do you think I’ll be able to tell you?” 

Same goes for moving. Know what Utah would look like?


And here’s what Louisiana would look like….


Missouri has looked like this:


See where I’m going with this? Yeah, it’s gotten that depressing over in my corner of the world.

But then I realized, it’s that pesky perspective again. I’m wondering if God will carry this year’s word right over into next year since I don’t seem to have learned as much as I should have this year.

Because in reality, here’s what Utah would look like:


And here’s what Louisiana would look like…


Missouri has looked like this:


Life, no matter where you are (or aren’t) is all about relationship. Time to refocus. I’m reclaiming my sense of adventure, starting to feel the tingles of excitement again. Not because of what will change, but because of what will deepen and grow stronger and stay the same.

Dear God, thank You for the blessings of relationship. Thank You for changing my perspective and restoring my soul. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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12 Comments on “When Moving is Like Staying Put

  1. I know moving is tough on anyone and when that someone has a chronic illness…it is even worse.

    prayers for you as you do this. may your since of wonder, adventure be restored and that you find joy daily as you accomplish this impossible feat!

    much love

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  2. What a wonderful perspective on perspectives 🙂 I needed that reminder. Your photos brought a smile to my face, thanks for sharing!

    • So glad I helped you smile, Pamela! Thank you for being here. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  3. Oh, precious one! You are SO right, it’s all about relationship and perspective!
    As a woman/wife/mother/etc., who has moved A LOT (every 3 years for most of my adult life) and now living on an entirely different continent. . .I SO relate to your original apprehension and now your enthusiasm and reclaimed sense of adventure!
    I’m praying for you daily, dear one!

    • Have I told you lately that I love you, Jennifer? I do. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • God shows me the positive, Kelly. Sometimes He pries my eyes open to do it LOL <3 Love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly

  4. It’s an ongoing battle we have with out minds, huh?

    You might like to try a prayer I’ve used for years and found really helpful….

    I bind my mind to the mind of Christ, to the plans and purposes of Christ for my life, and I LOOSE all wrong, ungodly beliefs and patterns of behaviour.

    It’s much longer..but this is the bit that’s relevant.

    And Shelly? It’s not just you….we all struggle with change especially when you feel there will be no change for you…but you never know. Maybe God has the best friend in the world lined up for you where you move to….maybe she is your new neighbour.

    For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to give you a future and a HOPE.

    Praying for you Shelly……the battle in our minds is FIERCE~!

    • Great prayer, Mary!! And thank you for the encouragement. You’re the best. I love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  5. I struggle daily with perspective – a two hour delay for four kids on one of my last precious mornings of preschool nearly threw me off the cliff this morning – I’m certain that word would take more than one year.

    Thank you for your honesty, Shelly and praying you will continue to have eyes to see all things new. Thanks for joining the Unforced Rhythms community.
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    • Oh, Kelly, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who struggles with Perspective! Thank you for always encouraging me so well! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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