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Ann Swindell is passionate about equipping other women to share their stories beautifully and powerfully through Writing with Grace, where she teaches Christ-centered writing courses. She is the author of Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want.

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  1. I loved this. Change is hard for me, too. Moving to my current town was hard, but I have experienced the joy of new friendships and deepening roots. We’ve got a possible impending move and accompanying change in church homes with it, and I keep trying to remind myself of the joy obedience to God’s will can bring rather than being anxious about what the future may hold.

    • Thanks so much, Amy. I don’t know that change will ever get easier, but I’m so grateful that you have had deeper roots in the process! Blessings to you.

  2. Goodness me, You only moved in your own country! I’m jealous of you! I hated moving from childhood and then I had to move to all continents of the world, accept to Africa. So many different cultures, languages, temperatures 🙂 and after all that, my husband of 44 years left me! I can tell you that without God I would not have survived! I have wonderful brothers and sisters in my church here in Germany and thank God I may now stay here!

  3. Such hope! Change is not a favorite when it means uprooting what we love and know…but the trade off for the new loves and unknowns are precious! This will be a big year of change over here too.
    Blessings,
    Jenny

    • Amen to hope, Jenny! I don’t love change either–not sure if I ever will–but I love the One who leads us into those places, and He is worthy! Grace to you in the changes ahead–may you know his love more fully this year.

  4. I moved about thirteen years ago. I think the Lord is about to make more changes for me, I do believe obedience brings joy, because I was not doing some of the things I loved and it was depleting my energy. I pray this is a year of restoration.

  5. Ann this is so beautiful. Change is hard. The unknown is extremely difficult but wrapped in the confusion is a chance to grow in ways we couldn’t otherwise because we reach a point where we are forced to be completely dependent on God. Thank you for this wonderful post. I hope you are getting settled in your new home!
    ~ Lovelle from (in)courage

  6. Ann,
    I, too, don’t like change. I have had too much change in the past 2-2.5 years. Unfortunately I didn’t get much joy from the changes I just obeyed God and did the best I could. I’ve been dealing with an aging dad with dementia and other health issues. So hard to watch a parent go down like this again!

    Blessings 🙂