Change and Transition…. (I promise they are not cuss words!)

This year is the year of what seems to be constant change for our family.

I love change!

If it were up to me I would rearrange our house daily, update and throw out the old and bring in the new on a constant basis. I would go, see, explore, and chase the adventure of new discoveries all around me.

My husband, on the other hand….well…he does NOT do change well. 😱 He likes the same, the old, the constant, the never changing flow of life.

If we need to replace an appliance or purchase a new car or embrace any new change, I have to start TWO YEARS in advance JUST bringing the change to his attention. He then mulls it over and over AND OVER… he thinks on it FOREVER on how he can resolve it with as little disturbance to the norm as possible.

This year, though, God has not given us a “mull it over” moment; instead by the end of the year, we will have sold a house in one state, and bought a house in another. We will have began two new jobs, uprooted our family from 11 years in one home to a new home, changed schools, adopted a precious child, left a church we planted 6 years ago to embark on a ministry we started with 25 years ago. We will also have travelled to 4 nations, 2 closed to the gospel and 2 open to hear the message, on Missions.

Can I get a little vulnerable and admit something? …All this change 😳 has been a little more intense than I expected.

‘Good byes’ and ‘see you laters’ have been bittersweet, leaving comforts have been painful, embracing the new has been a bit fearful, and doing it all within a 12 month period of time has been… just a little bit… OVERWHELMING.😜

I decided beforehand that when I told people about our lives in these moments to share as few details as possible. The less I share the more I feel in control.

You see, I can manage small things, like a few events, and seemingly doable tasks.

But a COMPLETE life REVAMP and UPROOTING, who can control that? 😩

So, I resolved, if I don’t say it all out loud, ALL AT ONCE, I can handle it moment by moment.

Can I share a secret with you? 🤫 The truth is…..I can’t handle any of it!

I have no control over today or tomorrow.

I wake up, pray, read the Word, and daily ask the Holy Spirit to do in me what I cannot do myself.

I cling to His Word and hold fast to the Promise that He will never leave me nor forsake me.

Every mountain I face IS movable NOT because I have so much faith BUT because I serve a Mountain Moving God!

I, DAILY, lay down my rights to own or manage the details and I ask Him to take my anxious heart and spread His peace over my uncertainties. Yes, I am living completely dependent on His new mercies each morning.

Philippians 4:6 says: “Do everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God…

I have to admit I’m pretty good at prayer. I can have a conversation with God all day long, but it’s that supplication part that gets me.

I Googled it to make sure that I knew exactly what it meant and well….I’m not so good at supplication.😔

Supplication means to beg or earnestly ask, to plead.

I’m going to be really honest with you, I’m not always so good at asking, especially earnestly asking or begging.

My pride often gets in the way of me humbling myself and begging God to do what I cannot do.

You would think it would be easy to just admit that I’m NOT capable. Or, admit that I am NOT not super human. Or, just that I am NOT able to….DO IT ALL!

In reality, my problem, is I try to control IT and do IT myself, instead of humbly pleading with God to help me.

I then find myself anxious, full of doubt, fear, anxiety, frustrated that things aren’t working out the way that I planned them to work out.

So…….let me encourage you today.

Do you feel like life is a little OUT OF CONTROL?

Is there too much CHANGE happening around you?

Are you worried about those things that seem like MOUNTAINS in front of you?

Well, ‘STOP!’.. just STOP for a moment.

Have a conversation with God, then get on your face and plead with Him.

Honestly AND Earnestly ask Him and humble yourself before Him.

Admit You can’t do it!

Ask Him, “Will you help me do what I cannot do?”

This, my friend, is SUPPLICATION!!!!

This is the KEY to change!!

Giving it up, laying it down, admitting our inability to do the IMPOSSIBLE and—God‘s AMAZING ability to move those MOUNTAINS!

GOD doing the POSSIBLE out of our IMPOSSIBLE!

Decide today to #BeTheChange….. instead of letting change throw you off–– The world needs to see us do this crazy life different!

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