I Choose…..

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This week I choose….To be happy!

In 2 days time, we pack up our all our worldly belongings and we shift out of this place we have called home for the last 10 years. This place that holds so many memories for our family. Good times and bad times. Times of pure joy and times we thought our hearts were going to break. So many memories that will be etched into our minds and hearts forever. So many milestones and life events have occurred in this home.

As I sit here and look out at the view that has captured my heart for all these years, I can’t help but feel a little sad and wonder why on earth someone would give this up? Why would we leave our wee slice of paradise for the unknown?

And the answer to that, is because we feel it is the right time. We feel as though God is taking us into a new season, and part of that new season is a new house. Closer to our friends, closer for the kids activities and closer to MacDonalds (ok, so that’s not part of the reason, but it’s a bonus right?)

We have prayed and seek God, and we feel this is right for us….despite what my emotions may be telling me this week!

In the last 5 months, we have made 4 offers on houses and missed out on all of them for various reasons. It has been a frustrating process, which then turns into sadness and disappointment. But regardless of what my emotions are saying we know this is still right. Just because it isn’t going the way we thought it would, doesn’t mean it is wrong!

Sure I would love to be moving into our own place at the end of the week, but that isn’t going to happen. We are moving into a rental property until we can find the right place for us. We know it’s out there, and we know it will be in God’s perfect timing, but that obviously isn’t this Friday!

So Yes, I am sad it’s not our own place.
Yes, I am frustrated that we will need to move twice.
Yes, I am wondering why we are moving at all.
Yes, I am questioning God as to what is going on.
Yes, none of this makes sense this week.
And yes I am tired of packing boxes and living in a mess!

But you know what? Despite all of this I choose to be happy!

I am happy because God is in control, so I don’t have to be.
I am happy because we are moving into a new season.
I am happy because the unknown can be exciting.
And I am happy because I am so Blessed.

So whatever you are going through this week, you have a choice. You can look at all the negative things around you or you can choose to look at the positive. Me, well I am going to look at the positives. And regardless of what my fickle emotions are telling me, I choose to be happy!




8 thoughts on “I Choose…..

  1. Oh so challenging Kathy but great choice! This is a great blog I shall read to my students tomorrow, many who have had a week of more rejections for jobs, broken promises and are in a season of unknowns. Thanks for the reminder we all need to hear- we can’t always choose our circumstances but we can choose how we respond to them 🙂

  2. Praying for you all. God bless you. He is faithful! Looking with anticipation to see all He has in store for you.

  3. Great story Kathy and a bit similar to ours. We moved back into town after 10 years in Te Kowhai (a while ago now). Rented for 3 months and then found our house. You will find yours too. Just don’t unpack all your boxes yet 😉

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