Thriving Through Change {Day 21}

Music break. Week three. We’ve discussed all sorts of change. All the ways to turn change into growth is keeping our focus where it needs to be. This song always tends to light a fire in me when I really worship with it. I hope you’ll take the time to do that now.

Tell me, friend. Is there anything in particular (song or otherwise) that helps you to refocus when things have seemed to have gone awry?

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Thriving through change {Day 17}

Those days when foreseen changes hit. The times we feel like we’re prepared for the next step. Only to find out…we aren’t.

When the news comes, or the situation shifts, or someone pulls back, we are baffled. Not in the why, but by how unprepared we really are. The changes that we expected just leave us feeling like we’d been punched in the gut.

Have you been there? Me too.

It’s in these times that I’ve seen memorized scriptures do what only they can. They come back to mind, the bandage the wound, and begin to heal. Whether or not it directly correlates to the situation or not, scripture brings with it peace, joy and healing.

Don’t have any scripture memorized? That’s okay. Because even just reading a verse or two, writing it down on a notecard where you’re sure to see it, or listening to scripture based songs are all fantastic ways to get scripture into your heart and mind. I’m pretty sure that once you start reading, you’ll realize you really do have scripture memorized, but in quote/saying form that you never knew was truly scripture.

How has scripture helped you through change?

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Thriving Through Change {Day 14}

Music break 2. Same as last week, I’d love for you to take some time and reflect on these lyrics. This song speaks through the drastic change God’s love has on one’s life. For some, His love brought them out of horrible situations and literally picked them up and they did a 180. For others, His love protected us from going down the roads that lead to brokenness and destruction.

So my friend, I ask you this. Were you one who was drastically saved from the stoop of Hell? Or were you protected from walking the road that leads to unfulfillment  and devastation? Or somewhere in between?

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*This post is part of a 31 day series. Here is the list of posts in this series. I hope you’ll continue reading and join in this journey with me.

Thriving Through Change {Day 13}

Humility in the Bible is not what our world thinks it is now. It is more than a temporary missions trip. It is a consistent, daily, deliberate choice to empty myself. To not only live as a servant–who is often compensated in some way for their work, but as a slave–someone who is own by another. Not only living this way, but doing so willingly. A  slave to God’s will, when He comes to us with instructions, we immediately begin to work. Without hesitating. Without questioning. Without complaining.

That was taken straight from my notes taken during our sermon yesterday. One the ways that I have found helps when working through change is to take on this role of humility. To stop thinking thoughts like: “I don’t deserve all this.” “I’ve already been through so much.” “Why me?” That’s a list that could go on and on. All of those thoughts lead me to only seeing the situation in a bad light. When, in reality, any change that comes has a purpose. It’s time to stop thinking ourselves better than change.

The mentality of me has never been more prevalent. The good news is this: that with God in our lives, we are free to exit the circle the world says we need to be on. The one centered on self. We can get out of that circle by simply entering an alternative option. The circle that is centered on Christ. Who He is. What He has done. What He wants to use His creation for.

In better words, we should look at any change in life with the attitude that Christ. Anger, bitterness, and denial will get us nowhere. Acceptance, reliance on God, and a good support system are crucial to ensuring that we walk with the correct attitude.

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*This post is part of a 31 day series. Here is the list of posts in this series. I hope you’ll continue reading and join in this journey with me.

Thriving through Change {Day 12}

The heaviness of change effects all of us differently. While being comfortable is something we all crave, it is not something that will settle for long. Just as soon as we start to feel comfortable is typically when change happens — or needs to happen.

This is especially true for those of us who are followers of God. We are told that we are not meant to me comfortable. In fact, we are told that we will be put through trials. We will be ridiculed. We will be beaten. If we are following hard after God, a few things are certain: we will rarely feel comfortable. Change will continually be happening. Rejection will come.

“Signing up” to follow God is a call that is guaranteed to be hard. In the end, it will be worth it. So much more than we can imagine. Following hard after God means we not only accept and submit to change, but we embrace it. We should be striving, day in and day out, to change. Not just for the sake of changing though. We should be chasing after the only change that will matter in the end, changing to be more like God.

This is a journey that will take the rest of our lives. We should always be running this race. Sometimes it will feel as though we take 1 step forward, but then 2 steps back. Friend, that’s okay. God knows our heart. After all, He created us for such a time as this. If we are trusting in Him, then the changes will not destroy us.

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*This post is part of a 31 day series. Here is the list of posts in this series. I hope you’ll continue reading and join in this journey with me.