Sunshine in the Midst of Storms

My family and I became Idahoan’s just six months ago after moving to the area from Helena, Montana. Montana was where my husband and I were born and where we raised our children. Although we lived in Helena most of our married life, we knew that we would one day leave Helena and find a new place to make our home. Like many other people we’ve talked to, we decided to move where we could be close to our children, and made the Coeur d’Alene area our home.

Moving means an end to one thing and a beginning to another. It is a change where everything is new, where you need to determine what the new norm is, and where you have to start developing new relationships. The adjustments that come from moving reminds me of the clouds and rain followed by glimpses of sunshine that we have experienced in recent weeks.

Trying to find a good doctor, vet, hair salon, coffee house…..
Missing conveniences we knew in our old home town, missing family and friends we left behind, missing our old church, looking for a new church…..
Meeting new people, trying to figure out how to fit in….


Enjoying our new home and the beauty of North Idaho…..
The friendliness of the people, finding a new restaurant, the sense of community, music and cultural events…..
Meeting someone you click with and making new friends……

Moving in many ways is like many of the changes that God brings in our lives. Some changes are exciting, some are painful, but all changes are under His constant and careful attention. He helps us through the storms of life and encourages and strengthens us with rays of his sunshine. Changes are not always comfortable but I find that they help me to rely on Him more. I know that I need to look for His guidance when things are uncertain because I can really mess things up. Time and time again God has brought us through storms in our lives, and when He shines His light on the meaning of those storms, I am left in awe of how He orchestrated things in ways I would not have dreamed.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

– 2 Corinthians 12:9






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    Warren says

    You are certainly a fresh ray of sunshine in out church! We “done good” When we were smart enough to make you a member of our wonderful staff. I’ll be looking forward to knowing you better and working with you on church matters.
    Be well

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    Laurie says

    Well said!

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    Karen Huber says

    Beautifully said, and we are so happy you were sent to us!!! We are delighted to have you here!

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    Carol Landon says

    Loved it! So glad our Lord orchestrated your journey to joining us ✝️ Looking forward to getting to know you better!

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    Charles Branch says

    Nicely done! Friendly is as friendly does… Speaking of which, I should keep my eyes out for the deer in this neighborhood again… as they drop fawns in the subdivisions that used to be farms… Glad to have you and your family here!
    Charlie (Griz 73-78, 81-82…)

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    Judy flieger says

    I am happy you are here and hope that there are more days of sunshine then storms. 🙂

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