Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Embracing change

My gardener ("Admire" is his name) has cleaned out and freshened up my little garden, ready for show day on Sunday.  I've agreed to have a mini show day from 1 to 4pm, and I will stay at home to make sure that my kitties are fine.  Bella will hide all afternoon, and if anyone touches Ruby, I may need to snap their fingers!

                      Before                                                 After

                  Before                                              After


And gorgeous Rock Roses went into the pots

I'm not enjoying having strangers traipsing through my home, but it is the price to pay for wanting to sell my home quite quickly.  My kitties are also a little bit freaked out at the sight of so many strangers.  Change is uncomfortable and unsettling.  The easy thing to do would be to accept things as they are and to call off the sale and stay in my home.

On the day that I was afraid and scared about making an offer on the new property, Joel Osteen sent out this message of encouragement...

Embracing Change
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland”
(Isaiah 43:19, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Change is one of the most difficult things for people to face; however, change is inevitable. In fact, Mark Twain once said, “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.” One reason people don’t like change is because they get comfortable with where they are in life. They get used to their friends, job or the place they live. And even if it’s not perfect, they accept it simply because it’s familiar. However, when we are not willing to change, we get stuck in life holding on to what God did in the past instead of growing and moving forward into what God wants to do in the future.
Today, I encourage you to be open to the new things God has in store for you. Always remember that just because God has blessed you where you are doesn’t mean you can just sit back and settle there. God wants to do something new in you and through you. He wants to see you grow, prosper and flourish. Get ready and keep your heart focused on Him. Embrace change and see the blessing God has in store for you!

After reading this message of hope and encouragement, I confidently signed the offer to purchase.  Now I just need to keep going through the discomfort of selling, packing and moving. 

I hope that you are encouraged if you are similarly facing big changes in your life.


  1. Your garden is certainly looking very good, Alison, well done.
    And Joel's message is a great message, and just what you needed at the time.
    Take care,

  2. Hey my friend, Admire did a good job in an already beautiful garden. God is ready to bless you and I am looking forward to helping you pack and move.