Hey there, friend.
I know how hard it is. Moving is tough, and today I want to encourage all of you who are moving this summer.
First, I want you to remember that God is with you. Even if your friends desert you; even if no one welcomes you, God is still there. Even if He seems far away, if you are His child, He is right there with you and watching over you. Can I make a suggestion? Set a timer for five minutes and put down your phone. Pause your reading, get down on your knees, and pray. (Yes, right now.) Tell God what you’re going through. He knows and understands you better that I can, better than your friends can, and better than your family can. Don’t worry, I can wait. 😉 Jesus, right before dying on the cross, probably felt pretty lonely (His disciples slept while He needed them, after all). And what did He do? He prayed! (Matt. 26:36-56). My faith grew after moving because I didn’t have friends to rely on. Instead, I had to depend on God even more.
Second, remember that you are not the only one. Other girls are moving too. I think I know at least 7 girls who are moving this summer. Keep in touch with your friends, and talk to the girls around you. Chances are, you’ll meet another “new girl”.
Third, remember to use the opportunity. After moving, most people don’t have as many actvities, and schedules can be pretty empty. Take this time to make something you’ve always wanted to make, catch up with friends you haven’t talked to in years, or spend some quality time with your family. Your open schedule can be a blessing!
Fourth, remember to reach out. You are not the only one who needs friends! Try to become the type of friend you’ve always wanted to have. Try to keep the general attitude of reaching out instead of waiting for everyone to reach out to you. If you wait for others to act, you could be waiting for a long time! Don’t let the term “new girl” stunt you, and start the conversation. Look for the shy girl at church or the tired out young mom. Helping others is a great place to start.
Fifth, remember that this is God’s good plan. God has a reason for your move. Trust Him and His plan (Prov. 3:5-6)! I would never have met some of my closest friends if I had not moved. I would never have had the same, amazing adventures if I hadn’t moved. I would have never been able to join track if I hadn’t moved. Be patient, and watch closely as God’s good plan unfolds.
Lastly, remember that this move can help you (or others) later. It’s quite possible that you will have the opportunity later to encourage another girl who is moving. And now, you’ll see “new girls” with totally different eyes.
I hope that you’ve been encouraged by this post. If you ever want me to pray for you, just send me an email or comment below. Let’s do this together!
P.S. If you liked this post, check out my other post about moving here.