Learning to Face Change

by Kristine Brown @KristineBrown43

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT

I dislike change. Plain and simple.

Some people are better at handling change than others. My husband, for example, thrives during change. He approaches new situations with a positive attitude and looks at every opportunity as a welcome challenge. I curl into a ball and hide under the covers.

Change can also cause me to panic. I obsess over my options in trying to make the right decision. Do I move forward? Or do I resist the change and stay put? I agonize, praying over the potential challenges, but fail to really trust God to handle the situation.

Fortunately, God’s Word offers the guidance we need when we face change in our lives. So whether I’m a person who runs head-on into change or tucks my tail and runs the other way, I can learn from Scripture how to better handle the changes that come my way.

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT

When entering a new situation, it’s so easy to look back at how good things were before. I’ve been guilty of this in the past when job transfers took our family to new places. Dwelling on the things we left behind clouded my view of what wonderful things waited for us in our new home. Learning to keep my eyes forward will shift my attitude about change and help me look with excitement toward what lies ahead. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” Change gives us the opportunity to experience all God has planned for us.

One of the hardest things about change is following through and allowing God to bring me to a new place of blessing. Once I make the decision to forge ahead, I need to trust God with whatever happens. So often we second-guess our decision when things don’t work out as we thought they would. We wonder if this change was ever God’s will. But staying firm through the change will bring us to a new level of trust in the One who is over all things. Change gives us the chance to exercise our trust muscles!

Even though changes in life are inevitable, God never changes. He is the same “yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV) He remains a constant through this unpredictable life. So as we learn to embrace the changes that will come, let’s focus on our God who is unchanging.

We may not like change, and that’s okay. We can face it with steadfast courage today because of our constant companion, Jesus Christ. And who knows? I just might choose to crawl out from under those covers once and for all and embrace it. Let’s make a choice right now to trust our Heavenly Father when we face change. I can’t wait to see what wonderful things He has in store for us!

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About the author: Kristine Brown is the author of the book, Over It. Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan. Discover more encouragement from Kristine to help you “become more than yourself through God’s Word” at her website,  kristinebrown.net.

In her new book, Over It. Devotional for Teen Girls, Kristine uncovers the truth about comparison. Teens will discover that they are not alone in the struggle and will find contentment in their God-given identity. Through personal stories and easy-to -understand biblical thinking, Over It offers help and hope. Come along for the journey, beautiful girl. This book is for you.

Join the conversation: Have you recently struggled with a change? Please share your journey with us!

 

 

Hair Appointments, Road Construction, and a Truth to Depend On

by Kathy Howard @KathyHHoward

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:3 ESV

Last Saturday, I was ten minutes late to my hair appointment. Not because I was running late; I left home on time. The highway made me late.

Due to the quickly growing population, the portion of I-35 that runs through our college town has been under construction for years. Yes, we need more lanes, better overpasses, and additional on-ramps, but the construction process is frustrating. And the highway changes constantly. Which is exactly why I was late. The off-ramp closest to the salon was newly closed. And there was no easy way to get back. See, the highway did make me late.

The experience taught me that I need to double-check my route before leaving home. I can’t depend on the roadways to be the same as the last time I drove on them. In fact, we really can’t depend on anything in this life to remain the same. Everything changes. Everything. Nothing in this world is 100 percent dependable. Nothing and no one.

Even the people in our lives whom we love and rely on the most aren’t dependable all of the time. They may want to be. They may try to be. But they will let us down. They don’t have the power to control every circumstance. They cannot foresee every scenario or prepare for every contingency. Those we love and trust the most will fail us. They will leave us.

Even though God’s physical creation will pass away, there is One that is constant, One that will always remain:

“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”  Hebrews 1:10-12 ESV

Our triune God is eternal, without beginning and without end. He does not change. He has been, is, and will always be holy, divine perfection. There is no need for change in Him. His character and His ways do not shift with the tides of culture. His Word His true, constant, and stable.

Have you ever contemplated that the God who closed the mouths of the lions for Daniel is the same God we worship today? Our God can part the sea, defeat vast armies, and raise the dead. Our God can calm the storm, give sight to the blind, and feed the hungry.

Embrace this unfathomable truth. He is forever and always good, trustworthy, and mighty. This unchanging, eternal God, who was faithful in your yesterday, will also be faithful in your tomorrow.

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Kathy HowardAbout the Author: A former “cultural Christian,” Bible teacher and speaker Kathy Howard now lives an unshakable faith for life and encourages women to stand firm on our rock-solid God. The author of eight books, Kathy has a Masters in Christian Education. She and her retired husband live outside the Dallas/Ft Worth area with their miscellaneous assortment of dogs. Find free discipleship resources on her website, www.kathyhoward.org and connect with Kathy on FacebookInstagram, or Pinterest.

Kathy’s book “Before His Throne” leads you on a 9-week journey through the book of Malachi to discover what godly fear looks in our daily lives and how this biblical attitude will help you find deeper intimacy with God.

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