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For the first time in 22 years there is no one in my household going back-to-school in September. No books, no lists, no moving—no transitions–except for me.


Allie 1999 


I embrace change, I think.  In business, change is a must–or you become what is affectionately called the “rust belt.”  I am reading a book where they place a dinosaur on the desk of a 45 year old executive, to relate her ineptness at technology.  What would they do to me?  100 dinosaurs?


Here is a confession: I like it when I go into the grocery and I KNOW where the eggs are and I can walk straight to the deli and say hello to Bob.  NO CHANGE.  Mayberry RFD.  



I went to the Bible and looked up verses that dealt with transitions specifically:


****What has been will be again,

   what has been done will be done again;

   there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9  

*Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

*Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

*Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

*For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

****Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

The first and last verses really hit me.  

No more back to school for the Hall House.  There is nothing new under the sun.  

Didn’t Solomon also say, “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning…” God knows the plans that are on the “books” here.  Let me commit them to Him.  I do miss picking out the back packs…. 

A smooth transition.  


A Prayer to Begin Each Day: 

 (parts taken from Prayers That avail much for the Workplace, Germaine Copeland)

Father, as the _____________ (owner, president, manager, supervisor, head of household, husband, father, mother, wife, etc) of _________ (name of company or home) I come to you rejoicing for this day which you have made and I will be glad in it.  To obey is better than sacrifice, so I am making a decision to submit to Your will today, that my plans and purposes may be conducted in a manner that will bring honor to You.  Help me to be mentally and spiritually alert in this time of meditation and prayer.

It is into your hands that I place my family–knowing you are able to keep that which I commit to You against that day.  Thank You for the angels that You have commanded concerning me and my family to guard us in all our ways; they will lift us up in their hands so that we will not strike our foot against a stone.  

Thank you for the tremendous success that my associates and I have experienced in our organization and for the profits and productivity we have enjoyed.  Thank you for Your faithfulness to us for helping us to become all that You desire us to be.  

Thank you, Father, for helping to make us a company that continues to grow and expand in difficult circumstances.  We recognize that without Your help, it would not be possible.  Without Your direction and guidance, we would be failures; with it we can prosper and have good success.  I continue to thank You for the many blessings that You have poured out upon us all.  

I especially thank you for my co-workers.  Give me words of encouragement to build them up.  

Now to Him Who is able to do more that all we ask or imagine, we pray in his name– Jesus Christ, Amen.