Front Row Seat: Moving to a New Place

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At first, moving to a new city or church home can feel overwhelming and lonely, especially if we felt strongly rooted, comfortable, and familiar with where God had us before. We might even question if we made the right decision or if things will ever feel “normal” again.

It takes time. As pastors’ wives in an unfamiliar season, may we remember that feeling “at home” again requires us to sink deep into God’s grace for us, our husbands, and our kids. He’s the constant amid all the big (and often scary) changes we might be experiencing.

In this episode of Front Row Seat, Kristen Wetherell and Kari Olson invite Irene Sun to discuss the challenges and joys of moving to a new place as a pastor’s wife. Irene shares her story of moving from Chicago to Pittsburgh, how prayer was her lifeline through every transition, and the importance of giving thanks to the Lord when we’re in a foreign land.

Episode time stamps: 

  • Kari’s move to a new church campus (00:00)
  • Introduction to Irene Sun (2:37)
  • How do we wait? (5:49)
  • What should fill our prayers to the Lord? (10:54)
  • Encouragement for the pastor’s wife in a new place (19:10)
  • The privilege of loving others (22:10)
  • Church as a safe space (26:11)
  • Behold the Lord and give thanks (33:57)
  • Singing the Lord’s song in a foreign land (35:24)
  • Final thoughts from Kristen and Kari (39:20)
Editors’ note: 

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