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Grace P. Cho is a Korean American writer, poet, and speaker. She believes telling our stories can change the world, and desires to elevate women of color’s voices in the publishing industry. Learn more at @gracepcho and gracepcho.com.

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  1. Thx. I’m 81, moved to Florida at 17 as as a senior in HS against my will. I had my life”planned “ but obviously not God’s plan. Circumstances have kept me here and still struggle at times with missing my home state of Maryland and change of seasons. This truly helps me finally accept my place in God’s big world, God bless you and yours

  2. I have moved a lot! Big cities, small towns, country living and now in a metropolis. I didn’t want to be here. I must agree, though, God is everywhere and He works everywhere. I am adjusting after 8 years. Now God has seen fit to have me home bound due to chronic illness. It has been 4 years. He alone know why. I pray for others in my church. I feel it is time to pray for the neighbors that I do not know. God teaches us many lessons.

    • It sounds like there’s been a lot of transition in your life, and now you’re seeing life from a new perspective. I love that you feel that it’s time to pray for the neighbors you don’t know! May God create connections there!

  3. Oh Grace how this is so personal for me. It is such a story, too long to go into, but I find my self living where I do not want to be (a 55 and over condo – ughh). Life is not how I pictured or wanted. I am trying to make the most of it and see the positive- I am now 15 minutes from my daughter, have made a few good friends, found a church, but my heart is elsewhere. I am trying to be “fulfilled”- my word for the year; I am trying to be grateful and some days I am ok, and others not so ok. So thank you for sharing your struggle. I truly get it.

    • Yes, that’s okay that there are days we struggle with being rooted where we’re at. I hope that today you can find fulfillment in the little graces around you.

  4. We married and moved after college for my husband’s job. Although we liked this place for (many) years we dreamed of moving back “home.” But God had other plans. We raised children moved from condo to house and 30 years has gone by. It has become home; I’ve now spent more of my life here and I am grateful and blessed.

  5. Grace, your name complements your words. I needed to read this. So often I have blamed where I am for what I am. I am humbled.

  6. Dear Grace,

    I too have struggled with being content in the place where I am planted. It takes digging in and finding God’s goodness right where we are. And you have done the work and you’re still doing it! Every day. Well done!

  7. Reading what you’ve written here is like receiving manna from heaven for me today, Grace. I want/need to increasingly live in that thin place, where God is as real, where his Presence is as real to me as the couch I’m currently sitting on. — I’m struggling with having to accept unwelcome and scary changes in my life which I can’t control. — Being reminded that He is present, working and creating life *even here* helps calm my heart and mind. Thank you so much for this, Grace.

  8. Beautifully said, Grace. And again you prove you were appropriately named! Blessings dear one!

  9. Grace,

    Suscinctly put. God has plans for each of us. He knows what lies ahead & has good reasons for putting us where we are. Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. He has you right where He wants & needs you to be. No matter where we are God is there with us. He is guiding our steps. One day we will all see & realize His plans for us.

    Blessings 🙂

  10. Grace,
    Our family has moved 15 times in 40 years of marriage. I’ve never gotten over ever having to say I’m home. Now after living in a New England state with the largest non Christian population in the U.S
    it’s been difficult. New England people are prideful folks. Very hard to break down the walls of communication. Your message was spot on. I believe that we will always be restless until we enter our forever home in heaven. A place God has prepared for His beloved people. Be blessed Grace!

  11. Grace, I loved this so much. Love the reminder that Jesus, Himself, stayed in a relatively confined area yet changed the world. So much hope in realizing that God is even in the places we don’t want to be in. Thank you!

  12. Grace, thank you for this! It’s something I have struggled with for a very long time. We mo ved so many times that I have never had a place I called home. I have lived here (a place I NEVER would have chosen) for 30+ years and it doesn’t even feel like home. I have learned to be happy here with a great church, church family, and wonderful friends. As Pear Allard so wonderfully said above “ So much hope in realizing that God is even in the places we don’t want to be in.”.