Closing One Chapter and Beginning a New One

Closing One Chapter and Beginning a New One

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When things change in my life, I tend to resist…at least in regards to when I am comfortable and everything is working and flowing. Then, all of a sudden, “WHAM“!, it all changes and now I’m scatter brained and have no idea where I’m going.

There are times when change is needed and welcoming it doesn’t necessarily mean starting over again, but rather being open to new opportunities. I’m the type of person who likes stability. In other words, I like knowing where I go to work and live, who my friends are…etc. I’m not much for extreme life changes.

But back in 2019, I injured my wrist and then began having pain in my shoulders and hands so that I couldn’t crochet or knit anymore. I sold off all my crochets and knits that I made since moving here in 2012. At the time, I helped make items to sell to fund the Women’s ministry at the church I attended. I love creating as you know and I always looked forward to making things with yarn. But, God had other plans for my crafting that I didn’t know at the time. I had no idea that paper crafting would be in my future.

Also, I didn’t know that GUIG would be born again. I was writing sporadically but I felt a new surge and direction for where this blog could go. God gave me so many ideas for enhancements and now this is my Ministry. It has Daily Bible reading plans, verses, a Bible database to search scriptures, sample topical prayers, a section with steps to become a Born-again Christian, my testimony and story + 100s of relevant articles with a new one posted every day. It’s just incredible what The Lord had me do in just a few short weeks.

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Change can be nerve-racking, however I love that when one door closes, God opens another. There’s great pleasure in that.

And, I remember the prayer I prayed in Florida just before we moved that God would give me an art that I can do with my hands. He’s more than answered that and I’m proud that I crocheted and knitted hundreds of items: hats, scarves, hair ornaments, sweaters, purses, jewelry, home décor and prayer shawls. Now, I make handmade greeting cards and Wall Art Printables on my computer.

I still get scared of opening a new chapter, but, and I do mean but, I look forward to what direction God will lead me to as well. And, one more piece of advice I’d like to offer… when a door closes, an opportunity doesn’t happen or plans change, don’t hold onto them. Don’t try to re-open these, there’s a good reason why God closed them and I speak from experience, you won’t like what’s on the other side. God truly and always knows best.

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Beautiful Food Photography" and sells her handmade greeting cards and vintage art printables on Etsy.

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