Monday, September 29, 2014

Change is Good

The past few years have been especially rough for me for reasons I won't go into here. Bottom line is I was completely stressed out, depressed, unsure of myself and my future, angry, sad... you name it. I saw no way out, and even though I did pray and work, I just couldn't get my head above it to figure out a solution. That happens when you're that deep in a dismal situation.

Finally, an answer to my prayers came from an unexpected source, and I've been happier in the past few months than I have been in years. I am no longer in that awful, soul-sucking situation, and I finally have a clear head again. I only wish I could say the same for my mother and brother.

For those of you that don't know, on July 10th - coincidentally both my mom's and brother's birthday - I moved from Kentucky to Texas. A good friend of mine had an extra room and really wanted to help me out of the situation I was in. So after much prayer and consideration, I took the plunge. And ever since, I have been living in a small town in Eastern Texas.

I was skeptical moving so far away from the place I had called home for the majority of my life, and I had no idea what to expect once I got here. But really it's not that much different at all, at least not in the area I'm in. And the people I've met here and have surrounded myself with now are super kind, supportive and caring. Genuinely caring.

Change can be a scary thing, but it's something I desperately needed even more than I realized. And while things aren't perfect - they never are, right? - they are SO much better than I could have imagined. I am happy, I am revitalized, I am clear-headed and focused, I'm no longer stressed or depressed, sad or angry. I worry about my family, but aside from that, I am in such a better place than I have been for years.

I never thought of all the places I could go that I would end up in Texas. But I haven't regretted this move for one second. Who knew?

Change was needed, change was made, and now things are good again.

So for anyone that I haven't told yet that happens across this blog post, I apologize and I hope you can be happy for me. The move happened very quickly and I had little time to prepare, let alone inform everyone. The important thing is I'm in a better place, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Figuratively and literally. So be happy for me, my friends. I know I am!



Sasha Hitchner said...

I am delighted for you! I Love your blog. Thank you for sharing.

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Sasha Hitchner said...

I am checking up on you. No words for so long.... How are you stranger in Texas? I trust the Lord is with you and that you are blessed. Jesus bless you.

Steve Finnell said...


What follows repentance and immersion in water? According to the apostle Peter, forgiveness of sins and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit follows repentance and baptism. On the Day of Pentecost Peter preached Jesus as Lord and Savior and then told them to repent and be baptized.

Acts 2:36-38 "Therefore let the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." 37 Now when they heard this , they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" 38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

What follows believing that Jesus is Lord and Christ, repentance, and water baptism? The answer is forgiveness of sins and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit.(TLB-The Living Bible)

What follows repentance and water baptism?
Acts 2:38........for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (EXB-The Expanded Bible)

Acts 2:38 that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God's gift, the Holy Spirit.(GNT-Good New Translation)

Acts 2:38......for the remission of sins, and you ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.(KJV)

Forgiveness from sins and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit follows faith, repentance, and immersion in water.


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