I've been through a similar situation this year. The result, for me, was I am staying I the same line of work but I am moving to Washington, D.C. Without my family...for the time being. Your transition will require creativity, flexibility, friends, family, a professional network, and, as Zurf suggests, Faith.
I always try to work in the job I have while keeping an eye on the next job I want. This has been helpful even when the timing gets jumbled or compressed by someone else.
I recommend building a profile on LinkedIn.com. I am there and this site helps me manage my professional network while giving and receiving help.