Written by: Jennifer Dennis
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More Americans are leaving cities this year than in the past, with Bloomberg reporting that there has been a “dramatic” migration from America’s densest and most expensive metro regions to suburbs and smaller cities. Your family may have made the move because of a new job, a wish to be closer to family, or a desire to live closer to nature. Whatever your reason is, you may find that adjusting to a new location has its challenges. Making new friends, getting used to the surroundings, and finding important service providers like physicians can take time. However, you can rely on your faith to make the transition as smooth as possible.
You Are Not Alone
If you feel a little isolated when the weekend comes and you miss the barbecues and pool parties you used to enjoy with friends and neighbors, know that it takes time. As written in Isaiah 41:10, God says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” When you miss the people you love from your old hometown, find your strength in the word of God. Just a few passages you may enjoy reading include Psalm 34:10b, Exodus 15:2, Psalm 9:9-10, and Proverbs 18:10. There are many more verses, of course, and you may prefer to simply open the Bible to a random page and read the words you find there.
Keeping Old Ties
If you have changed cities and you have kids, make sure that you (and they) stay in touch with old friends via social media. Set up Zoom or Google Meets calls with their friends and if you don’t live too far, pay occasional visits to friends or invite them over. You can also join community groups and sign your kids up for local classes and workshops. Attend church worship and make it a point to get to know other families. Those who have children will probably suggest playdates or park meet-ups, where your children can get to know each other.
Engage Your Kids in the Design of Your New Home
It is important for kids to be excited about their new home and you can make it feel ‘theirs’ by engaging them in the design of their personal spaces (such as their bedroom and playroom). Teach them about how aspects like color can affect their mood, suggesting calming colors like blue or green for walls and simple furniture that will make for a peaceful resting space. A good way to let them get really creative is to encourage them to choose a few ‘temporary’ design items such as colored fairy lights, kits to make ‘forts’, or pretty cushions and bedding.
Moving to a new home is exciting but it can also be a little challenging since it involves building a social circle from scratch. To make the transition smoother, rely on faith and prayer above all. Make it a point to join church and community groups and to join fun classes and workshops. Finally, don’t lose touch with old friends, for they truly are ‘good as gold’.
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