Share my joy!


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First, you might need a little back story…

Not only was 2015 the twentieth anniversary of Just Moved Ministry, it was also the twentieth anniversary of my book that launched the ministry, After the Boxes are Unpacked. Wow! Just thinking about the lives touched for Christ through this ministry and this book – for twenty years – brings me to my knees in total acknowledgement and awe that God, and only God, gets the credit, the praise, the kudos, the pat on the back, the applause, and the standing ovation for what only He could accomplish.

I founded Just Moved Ministry in 1995, after 14 moves with Bill’s career in the hotel business. I lived, felt, and experienced what women go through when their lives are uprooted by moving.  I get how moving can rock your world, and shake your foundation to the core – whether you are married or single, have children or not, young or old, working or retired. Helping women get through the emotional rollercoaster and chaos of a move became my purpose. Introducing them to Jesus Christ and His words of hope and encouragement became my passion.

Soon after the inception of Just Moved, I wrote After the Boxes are Unpacked, published by Focus on the Family. FOTF has partnered with me for twenty years on this book and a later book, But Mom, I Don’t Want to Move! It is a privilege to be associated with them in ministry, both professionally and personally.

Updated After the Boxes are Unpacked coming soon!They refer to After the Boxes… as an “evergreen” book with a timeless message for uprooted women. I guess they were right, it has sold over 100,000 copies and continues to help women going through a major life change.

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that FOTF would ever consider After the Boxes… worthy of updating and revising after twenty years. I had visions of it eventually fading into the sunset, and becoming a faint memory as the years passed. But God had other plans beyond what I could have dreamed or imagined.

The revision process began with emails and phone calls back and forth, resulting in a new book proposal that had to be approved. FOTF caught the vision, saw the endless need, and wanted to “move” forward by having me update and revise the book to produce a new edition that will reach the next generation! It meant a new cover, new material, revised terminology, expanded chapters – while, at the same time, keeping the core message and three-step process which is, indeed, tried and true to all generations of movers. It took months of writing, revising, updating, editing, and prayer.

What will happen in 2016

The new book, with a new cover and same title, will be released April 2016! Woo hoo!! I will give you a sneak-peek into some of the new stuff between now and then.

On the heels of finishing the book, I started updating and revising the Teacher’s Study Guide, the Newcomer’s Workbook, and the DVD Facilitator’s Guide to accompany the book. If you are a teacher or facilitator, start smiling now!

And it’s not over yet! January 25-27, I will be filming a new Video Series – a process that will take three days! I am scared silly. Please pray for me!

By April 1st, Lord be willing and the creek don’t rise, we should be ready to release everything at the same time! Hoo-ray!!

April 2nd, I will sleep for a week, eat cheesecake, drink afternoon lattes, read a novel, catch up on Downton Abbey, go to lots of movies and consume the large bag of popcorn!

And, I say with all my heart, and mind, and soul…

To God be the glory, great things He has, and is, doing!!
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Strange Things Come in Small Packages

envelope Each week our office staff sends books and study materials to leaders of our Moving On After Moving In groups all over the world. They are carefully packed in all different sized boxes and padded envelopes. Each box is assembled by hand to fit the materials being shipped, and then taped securely to ensure a safe arrival. The same goes for our packing envelopes.

This is where our story begins…in a packing envelope.

Jana, one of our new leaders, will be starting a Moving On… group in Ballston Lake, New York soon. (Yay! We need one there with all the new families moving to the Albany area!) Jana called our office to order books and materials, and before you knew it, she and JoAnn, the National  Coordinator for all our groups, became fast friends. (This is so typical of our JoAnn. She becomes fast friends with all our leaders, not only giving five-star service, but praying for them and their families.)

So…JoAnn personally filled Jana’s order in a large, padded, packing envelope. She carefully filled it, sealed it, and off it went. A week later, JoAnn received an email that read:

…Today I opened the much-anticipated book and materials from Just Moved. Thanks, JoAnn, for sending me all the information and for a lovely and encouraging phone call about starting this group in my area. 

When I opened the envelope, I discovered something that decided to move on. He must have read Susan’s book, got excited about his move, but has now moved on to a better place…. 

There was a dead lizard inside the envelope!!  (Jana took this picture for proof…)  Never, in all our 18 years of ministry, has there ever been a report of anything dead or alive in anything we have shipped!  The only thing we can figure out, is that it came in the shipment of packing envelopes, dead and buried deep within the box. lizard

Relieved that Jana had a sense of humor about receiving “Godzilla” in her order, our staff and volunteers have gotten a lot of mileage out of the lizard story. We’ve come up with an assortment of names, from Lizzie to Leopold. We’ve devised a shipping checkpoint for unknown objects. We’ve started searching all envelopes at the door.

Yes my friends, there’s never a dull moment at the Just Moved Office. We ended 2013 with many of your funny stories, but also hundreds of your heartwarming ones. There were stories about your happy moves and your sad moves, your testimonies of faith and endurance during the hard times, and perseverance and hope through dire circumstances. You saw God working in and through a move in your life, and in the life of your family. And then there were those of you who came face to face with a Jesus you never really knew until a move shook your world.

As we begin 2014 together, we can’t wait to hear your stories, laugh and cry with you across the miles, encourage your heart, and most of all, keep “moving” you closer to Jesus through Just Moved Ministry.

Have a blessed and Christ-centered New Year!

From My Heart to Yours,

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For a time such as this

God is faithful

Have you ever walked away from a perfect day that left a smile on your face and memories in your heart? I had a day like that at our Spring Luncheon and Auction to benefit Just Moved Ministry. Oh, you would have loved it too! Our theme was “ Stepping Stones of Faithfulness,” and 200 women enjoyed the ambiance of a beautiful place overlooking spring flowers and a lake, stunning decorations, connecting with friends, browsing (and buying) our amazing auction items, and a wonderful three-course lunch served in grand style. Over 30 volunteers, and our staff, worked months to plan, prepare, and create; and gave sacrificially their time and talent to make it a glorious day.

As part of the program, some of our newcomers shared their stepping stone of God’s faithfulness in their move. One young woman said her stone was “trust”, and that she had learned to trust God with the unwanted changes that have altered her life since moving. Another woman’s stone was “joy”, and she shared how God returned joy to her life and her marriage since she moved.  As  woman after woman shared her testimony, wrapped with God’s faithfulness, emotions were stirred throughout the room, and there wasn’t a dry eye among us.

It was fun and enlightening for everyone as I shared how far and wide our Moving On After Moving In groups reach:

From Florida to AlaskaMoving On groups around the world

Ohio to California

Hawaii to Virginia

Louisiana to Belgium

Kentucky to Iowa

Arkansas to Montana

North Carolina to The Netherlands!

And then all the women loved hearing the quote posted on the Just Moved Facebook page from the leader of the Ex-pats group in The Netherlands:

“What do Malaysia, Taiwan, Russia, Brazil, Greece, the Netherlands and the US have in common? All those nationalities have been represented at Just Moved Eindhoven!” (A town in The Netherlands.)

I will savor the sweetness of that day for a long time. I am reminded that Just Moved not only has an impact on lives for Christ all over the world, but is also a community of women who are committed, faithful, and devoted to serve Jesus through this ministry. For these things, I am most grateful.

From My Heart to Yours,

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