Changes help us grow if we welcome them.

One of the most stable things in life is change, and no one can avoid it. Right now, I am facing another big change in my life: renovations of the whole upstairs floor in my home. It is not as big a change as moving house, but it is yet another step away from what life was like with my late husband. He was promoted to heaven 5 ½ years ago, as some of you may remember, but these changes are still taxing my emotions. We did everything together and now I have the task of making all those decisions myself.

Can you relate? Do you ever feel like you are alone and having to make decisions in changes that are happening in your life? Do you find yourself desiring that everything will simply stay the same? Is the pain to change still greater than the pain you are in? It does not matter how big or small the change is, it always brings up something that needs to be addressed, and that can be tough.

So how do you cope? I would love to hear from you. Why not send me an email and let me know how you deal with change? In the meantime, allow me to share a few tips I have gleaned over the years. Perhaps one will resonate with you and help you through as they have done for me.

  • I always remember change comes to pass. It finishes or comes to an end. When I find myself in a situation I do not particularly enjoy or find it stressful, I am grateful that it will pass. That is a guarantee. And, at the other end, will be new opportunities and possibilities. Just like a season never stays, the next season always comes. Dr Myles Munroe teaches a great sermon on overcoming seasons of crisis. Maybe you will find a gem or 2 in this message. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a167Vg3WlqA

Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV [1] To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:

  • I also remember I am never alone. It may seem like it, but the reality is, is that God almighty, my redeemer is always with me.

Joshua 1:9 NKJV [9] Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

  • Keeping my focus on the invisible One, God Himself, always fills me with peace. The amazing peace of God which fills me to overflowing and passes all human understanding. I know that I know that I know that I know God will see me through this and I will come out stronger, with greater character and have a larger view of my God and His abilities.

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV [3] You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

  • Speaking God’s Word and declaring His perspective of the situation. The spoken word always wins over the thoughts in your mind. So, I take the Bible verses and turn them into declarations of thankfulness. Something like this:

I thank You God for this season I am going through. It shall pass, and when I get to the other side of this I will be stronger in my faith, have developed character and grown in perseverance. You, Father God, will use this change, this crisis, whatever it is I am going through, to prepare me for what I will face and whom I will meet in the future.  Thank You for being faithful at all times and in all seasons. You are always there. You never leave me or forsake me, ever. Not even for a second. I praise You, for the courage You give me and the peace You give me. I receive it fully and dress myself in it.

Whenever the urge to be overwhelmed with grief, confusion, or panic arises, I quench it with these loud declarations and soon enough His peace comes flooding in and I put it on me, just like I would a comfy, warm sweater on a cold winter night.

These are 4 of my top go to truths in overwhelm and as I fill my mind with His truth, I am set free from the fear of overwhelm and any other thing that seeks to take hold of me.

I bless you in the name of Jesus with the peace from God to overwhelm you in every day of your life, wherever you are.

In Christ,

Barbara

barbara@iamfullyalivenow.com

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