• Paige Barker

Page 15: Move Into Your New

Today was moving day for me. I've spent the last six weeks going through everything I own deciding what I want and need to keep, what could be given away and what needed to be thrown away. It's been an exhausting six weeks because if you've ever moved housing locations, you know that life doesn't stop. Work doesn't stop requiring your focus, serving at church doesn't stop, relationships don't stop needing your attention. Life keeps moving forward, and suddenly you feel like you have to sprint to keep up.

Change is semi-difficult for me. I don't like being displaced, especially in my own home. There's comfort in knowing where all my stuff is and having my space in order. And when I don't know where everything is, or my space isn't in order, or having to adjust to a new environment makes me feel somewhat chaotic. And I get to do it all again in three months (pray for me haha...I'll share why I get to do it again in three months at a later time).

After a rough week, I was looking forward to church on Sunday. Sundays spent at church are so peaceful and life-giving for me. Everything around me can be turned upside down, but the moment I step into a church service and begin worshipping, it's like a breath of fresh air for me. While I was worshipping I heard the Holy Spirit whisper:

Tomorrow is a new day for you, Paige. You're moving in the physical, but it's not just a physical move. As you move into your new location, that's a representation of how you're moving into your next season of life. You're moving spiritually, emotionally, relationally, financially, etc. Get ready. Expect a shift in every area of your life.

And as I began drafting this blog post the Holy Spirit whispered again in addition to what He said yesterday:

When moving, it can cause dis-ease, discomfort, exhaustion, and it can look like a mess all around. Picture how your house looked this past weekend. But just wait. The finished product is going to be better than you could have imagined. Be patient. Be diligent. Trust ME. As you move into new, start new. Start a new routine, a new plan, a new way of thinking. New requires new FROM you.

Do you know what moving is not? It's not easy; it's not comfortable; it's not convenient; it's not clean.

Do you know what moving is? It's exciting; it's an opportunity to get rid of things you've been holding on to; it's refreshing to enter a new place; it's a blank canvas; it's a fresh start.

And what's cool is that I got to start a new year getting rid of things. I got to start a new year with a clean slate, and so can you! You may not be moving to a new living location, but it's still a new year. Therefore, you get to move into new -- whatever that looks like for you. Maybe it's a new friendship; maybe it's starting that project God placed on your heart to do years ago; maybe it's committing to take care of yourself; maybe it's getting out of your comfort zone and traveling to a new place. Your new will look different than mine, and that's okay.

Make room for God to do what He wants to do. Let Him surprise you this year. It may be hard, but be willing to do new things, try new things, meet new people, and see new places. I'll be doing it right alongside you!