For many folks "Change" can be a difficult, stressful or unsettling time. Not knowing what lies ahead whether it is a detour sign on life's journey, or the fog of uncertainty blocking your vision for the future, the ambiguity of change can seem overwhelming.
Step back a bit. Make time to bring unwanted change before the Lord. Give the future to Him, after all He's the only One who knows what lies ahead. Isn't that the safest thing to do....trust Him with all your heart?
Trust, deep rooted absolute trust in Him is essential to facing change straight-on. I have walked the tightrope of telling myself that I was surrendering everything to God only to discover myself in the middle of chaos because I was still struggling to figure it all out on my own. Yet God never left me, nor chastised me. I was however, exhausted and ever so weary from trying to tackle things I couldn't see.
I know this is not easy to do. But I can promise that when you place full and complete trust in the Lord your heart will have more peace even though the fog hasn't lifted. His plans and your plans may differ--that's when it's tempting to feel He hasn't paid attention to your dilemma. But keep trusting Him for His plans far exceed our plans. When we focus on HIS purpose, our lives undergo a miraculous transformation.
What does transformation mean? One online dictionary defines it as: "a complete change, usually into something with an improved appearance or usefulness." I get excited about that definition. God has a specific purpose for each one of us. Leaning on Him, trusting Him with all our heart, asking for His guidance and direction doesn't enable God to just "change" us--it enables God to transform us-- from the inside, out.
Transformation from the Lord empowers us to make wiser decisions & see things more clearly because He is actively involved. I have experienced God's perfect timing, scheduling and other miracles beyond what I could ever have managed to humanly do. He has had bigger plans waiting on the other side of that foggy curtain than I could have ever imagined. And all I could think was, "What if I hadn't trusted Him?"
Each time that happens my trust in Him becomes stronger. Yes, there are often tears, questions and doubt--He doesn't always eliminate those--but it is my responsibility to surrender each of those to Him. When I do, peace floods my soul. Stress doesn't have any hold on me--it is no longer my master.
Read the caption I wrote on the fall image above again. I know what His transformation feels like when I let Him paint on the canvas of my life...through each and every season. I pray you will too.
"O LORD, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God!......Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you." Psalm 25: 1,2..4,5 NLT
Blessings on your week....
As a new week begins, remember to let the Lord be the Pilot of your Life-ship. Only He knows the journey ahead. Trust Him to guide you through every part of it: when the sun shines and the winds are calm, or the rains fall and the seas are rough. Trusting Him will bring peace to your soul--a peace which passes all understanding. And the biggest blessing? He will guide you along some of the most beautiful waterways of joy, contentment, mercy and grace.
"Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory." Psalm 73: 23, 24 NIV
Our sunset the other night was beautifully different---it cast a soft glow on Nelson Island and down the Strait. As Kip and I watched it change my heart soared when I thought about the glory of Heaven and God's promises to us. I thought about the loved ones we'll see again. Sept.10 marked the 2nd anniversary of my Mom's physical burial--but her spirit is not buried there. She is alive and free and in the Presence of the Lord she loved and served. She is whole. And, I will see her again! As believers, we have so much to look forward to--here on earth, and in God's Kingdom when He calls us Home. His promises of what it will be like are more than we can humanly comprehend. And, best of all? We will finally see Christ our Lord and Saviour Face To Face.
Blessings to each one! :-)
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." John 14: 1-5 NIV
It has been 2 years today since my Mom met her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, face to face. She was a woman of very little material means, yet when she went Home to Heaven she left a legacy which was eternally priceless.
What was/is my Mom's legacy? It's the life-lessons she taught my brother and me as we grew up: Integrity, Trustworthiness, Gentleness, Courage, Loyalty, Friendship, Compassion, Love and most importantly, Unwavering Faith in the Lord she loved with all her heart.
That legacy has become even more precious to me now since Mom has gone Home. To carry on her legacy my relationship with Christ must continue to grow, my walk with God must always be guided by His Holy Word through Scripture and my actions & words must always be led by the Holy Spirit.
There will be times when I feel I fail because I have tripped up, or not been open to God's leading. But Mom also taught me about forgiveness [giving and receiving]. God is eager to clean the slate when a heart is truly repentant and He gives us the courage to move forward again.
So, thank you Mom. I saw just the tip of your struggles but I witnessed your countless victories. I saw the crucial role trustworthiness played, bonding relationships securely. I know you would be humbled by the poem I wrote, but you vowed to lift up the Lord and honour Him first and foremost to your children, then to the world. You were a willing vessel with an outward focus on others.
May I take the baton and run forward--wherever God leads. May I honour Him with my life just as you did. May my life reflect His love.
May I, like you, become a Godly Woman of Faith.
"You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." 2 Cor. 3: 3 NIV
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