“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
“Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.” Euripides
I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing about my move, but we’re almost there. Tomorrow we close on the home we’re selling and the home we’re buying. Most folks look at closing day as one filled with excitement. I believe the excitement comes from the knowledge that you’re finally done with this excruciating process.
It seems like years since we first listed our home. We’ve disposed of half a house full of memories. We’ve eliminated unnecessary items – going through them at least five times before finally tossing them. We’ve packed what seems like a thousand boxes. We’ve painted, cleaned and polished.
The problem I foresee is doing it all over again when we move to our new home. The process of downsizing seems to go in stages. Each stage leads to more throwing away and realization that much of what you’re saving will never be used again or have any value anyway. When all the dust settles, we will begin unpacking and again throwing away or donating unnecessary items.
We’re grateful for all the help we’ve received and yet our bodies ache and our minds are muddled. When you grow old, this whole thing seems monumental. I know we’ll get through it all and it will be great. God will continue to be there for us until our death – which at the moment seems quite imminent.
Dear, Lord, I pray for added strength during the coming weeks. I know our work is just beginning and that with you by our side, we can move mountains. May we always keep our eyes focused on you and the amazing plans you have for us. Amen!