Story of the day:  Middle of Change    

     What is it about change that scares people away?  Change to some is like the plague of unhappiness that drives people in the opposite direction.  I’m not going to lie, change can be a little intimidating, especially when we are used to doing things our own way.  Change can be hard to do, especially when we have our own set agenda, and don’t have an open mind to switch gears.  To me, change can bring about new opportunities that you hadn’t seen before and can enrich whom you are or are about to become.   How do you handle change in your life?   

     Like the seasons in a year, change can come unexpectedly.  We want to believe that the seasons of our life will be experienced when we call for them, but it doesn’t always work that way and we shouldn’t always think that way.  It’s kind of like when summer doesn’t fall on the day that the calendar says, or when we experience some winter in the Spring?  Do we fault the calendar for being wrong?  We have to get out of the mindset of things always being the same and at least give the change a chance.  How awesome it is to change or be changed when God is all around it.  I wanted to share with you a few verses from Job 14:7-9 that talks about the change a tree must go through before it can blossom into something new.    “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease.  Though its roots may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant.”  The significance  of change for this tree came when the tree was being cut down from the warmth of the sun on it’s leaves, and the thirsting water on it’s roots, to the dying of its stump.  The tree probably assumed there was nothing more for it, until the stump came into contact with water, and from there the tree was able to bud and grow into a plant. 

     How many of you have experienced this type of change, when all you once knew changed so drastically?  Are you like the tree?  You have been cut down and feel as if your life has been turned upside down?  My friends, I want to be an encouragement to you and say that your change, like that tree, will find the scent of water and you will blossom once again.  You may not be what you once were, and that’s okay, just know that if you ask Him, God will see you through your change and will blossom you into something new and more beautiful!

Quote of the day:  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.”

Bible verse of the day:  Job 14:9

“Yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I know that change can be scary and that it doesn’t always have to be.  I pray that when I find myself in the middle of it, to seek You in prayer to assure that I am not the one leading this change, but that You are all over it.  Father, I pray that my heart will be open to any change that is brought my way.  I pray for wisdom in knowing that the change can be a beautiful gift from You and can lead to growth.  I pray that any change that I may experience may be used to glorify You and Your Kingdom.  I thank You for this beautiful new year!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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