Monday, October 28, 2013

Seasons change




Have you found yourself in a new season of life? I have. After several years of full time writing and ministry, I have gone back to a “day job.”  My new day job has a flexible schedule that allows me to still have ministry events and activities but it’s been a huge adjustment. If you’re in a new season, are you having a hard time finding your new balance?

I’ve been praying about this issue in my own life, and God’s been faithful to show me a few things through the transition going on all around me.

Change is good
Nature is changing her gown all around us. It’s good. It’s natural. It’s necessary. My little corner of the world is adapting to the change in the weather. Shedding what it doesn’t need and preparing for what’s to come. Are we doing that too? Are we embracing the changes in our lives or are we clinging to the way things were as we gather all the fallen “leaves” of the past?

Change takes time
While we may not notice the subtle changes in the things around us, it’s happening all the time. I don’t know about the changes you are going through in your life, but I’m trying to find a new normal. I haven’t found the balance between God, work, family, and friends yet. My priorities are still fighting for attention and I feel more reactive than proactive. That’s okay. That’s what change is all about – finding our new normal. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it will happen if we want it to. Aye, there’s the rub! We have to allow change in our lives and accommodate it in our behavior. If we are resistant to change, we rarely find balance.

Change is necessary
One of my favorite life quotes is “I may not be where I’m going, but I’m not where I was.” Amen? Praise God that we’re not the same person we were when He found us! We had to change. God is refining us moment by moment. Some of the changes are easy, others take longer and are painful. But all are necessary. God loves us too much to leave us where we are. 

Watching the world shift from summer to fall reminds me that change will always be for the better. We may not like it or even agree with it but if it’s ordained by God, we can trust the end result will be magnificent! 

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

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