Change

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Change means so many different things to different people. Often, change is thought of in a negative way. I like to think of the word “change” in a positive renewing way. Change can be a noun or a verb; and even an adjective at times. It is one of the most powerful words and one of the most powerful things to do. Most people are scared of change; but some of us embrace it and know that change is good. I looked up the definition and there were numerous definitions but I am thinking of the first one that I read…to make the form, nature, content, future course of something different from what it is now. I want to make a “change” in me!
My blog has been focused for a few years on being a “changed” person – I wanted to change my future – be a better person, but most of all – be a better Christian. It is hard. Sometimes you make so much progress, only to be knocked back down lower than you started. I have learned though; the battles along the way, those unexpected turns were what made me more aware, stronger and to love deeper. The journey would be boring and not mean as much if it was just a straight path. I have learned to fight harder; to ask for help and to give forgiveness along the way. Sometimes the very people that you think are going to support you, to hold you up in times of trouble are the ones that let you down the most. It is so easy to want to blame them; but that is how God intended for the situation to go. It hurts when someone lets you down, when someone gives up on you; and when they even seem to be out to get you. How can that be part of God’s plan? How can he let us get hurt? I know – it is during these times we look up to God more and beg for help. These are times when we commit to him more; these are the times that we rely on him and not ourselves. You see – when times are going great and we get confidence – we think we can handle everything – we forget to rely on God. That is when he allows things to happen to bring us closer to him again. In other words – he allows us to fall in the deep pit, the insecurity, the sin, the lack of confidence, the petty jealousy and the defeat of comparison.
There is only one thing that does not change – and that is God/Jesus. In Hebrews 13:8 it states, “Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.”
I know that God loves me yesterday, today and tomorrow; whether I am naughty or nice, or even if I completely ignore him. He is consistent. I know he is always there for me, even when I am not for him. God never fails….so why do we resist change? We resist because we know that we fail. It is hard for us to turn everything over to God. It is scary to think you may make mistakes, life choices that are really big, and commit to something you don’t know how to do. Changes may result in losing your job, gaining family members, increasing or decreasing your finances….change can totally disrupt your plans. Change can also help you find happiness. It is not always bad – it is different. Don’t be afraid to take the first step towards change…read a book to improve; attend a class; set a goal; look for a new job; find a new friend…just take the chance to make a change. If you do not change directions – you may end up going nowhere. Change brings opportunities; helps find dreams; and helps us grow… Don’t expect to see change if you don’t make any changes. Besides God, change is one thing that is consistent…things are always changing – it is up to us to embrace them.
I wish it was easy; but, change is hard! I challenge you to think about how you can change for the better and start doing something about it! I plan to make several changes this year – I want to feel better, not be stressed, enjoy life and it is only me that can do it! Let’s change together…

Leigh

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Turn to God, when things are at their lowest…and always

1 Timothy 2:1-3 First of all, I ask that you pray for all people. Ask God to bless them and give them what they need. And give thanks. You should pray for rulers and for all who have authority. Pray for these leaders so that we can live quiet and peaceful lives—lives full of devotion to God and respect for him. This is good and pleases God our Savior. ERV Bible

For me, I seem to call on God when I need something or I feel I have no where to turn. When I felt like I had hit bottom and was so stressed and depressed…that is when I knew I needed to involve God. Why didn’t I go to him all through my journey downward? It is because I wanted to be in control. I thought I knew how to fix my problems…boy was I wrong! It’s easy to thank God when things are good, and its easy to turn to God when things are not so good. The most important lesson that I have learned is every day, every way….turn to God for guidance. It may be simple things like helping me have energy to exercise or tougher things like making decisions that could effect my life. I try to talk to God all the time. I learned from some amazing prayer warrior friends…they pray continually…and I have started trying to do that more. Have conversations with God…he is your best friend…he wants to be there in good and bad times but even those ordinary days. Pray and often. Breath prayer is just a simple code word to God…he understands. Pray for each person you come in contact with, pray for each situation. Ask for prayer….the power of prayer is amazing. I could feel prayer when I had my heart surgery, when I was on my Emmaus Walk, and a few other times…it is such a comfort. Funny thing while I had recovered from heart surgery I was sad that my name began to fall off the prayer lists….prayer is powerful. Pray for you enemies, pray for your friends…just pray!

I don’t want this blog to be political but it is obvious I am very conservative. It is time for us to really step up and pray for our leaders. I think maybe this was God’s way to show us that we haven’t come to him enough for guidance and we MUST now. I pray for our country and for our President and Congress. Guide them as they guide our country. Pray daily, pray continuous, look to God…..God be with us!