I heard a sermon today that really resonated with me.  The pastor’s message was about change.  He began by stating that when it came to change the Church usually followed one of two paths, it either withered away and was unable to cope, or it flourished among the change.  He gave the example of Daniel, Hananiah, Misha’el, and Azariah while under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar.  Though Judah was in exile,  God gave His people the command that they were to build homes in Babylon through His prophet Jeremiah.  They were not to make plans to leave, or even expect to leave anytime soon, but instead make a life among the babylonians.  Great examples of those who followed this command are Daniel, Hananiah, Misha’el and Azariah.  Though they assimilated to Babylon culture they still maintained their identity as people of God, and while both assimilating and staying true to themselves they flourished.

In the past two months I have graduate from college, married my best friend, and moved 12 hours from home to Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the country.  If I could sum up the theme of my life right now in one word that word would easily be “change”.  Change isn’t bad, but it also isn’t easy.  My goal, however, during this time of great adventures and misadventures is to flourish.  I don’t know how long I will be in Houston, but I don’t want to expect or plan to leave.  I want to build a home here.

This place is a record of my limited and confused perspective as I work alongside my husband to establish and flourish in our new home.