Making Changes

Change can be a daunting thing. It even causes some folks anxiety and fear. There is actually a name for fear of change: Metathesiophobia! Some change is good though. There are times we choose change.

Choosing to Change

We sometimes like to change our hair style. And it feels good! Or change the decor in our home. We choose to change jobs for new opportunities. We may choose to get healthier and add more activity in our lives. Sometimes we may choose to spend less time with friends who don’t support our dreams or friends that aren’t good for our well-being. These types of changes are good for us and improve the quality of our lives.

Unexpected Change

This type of change is more trepidatious which means you are apprehensive and nervous about it. There are 3 main reasons people hate change. 1) Lack (or perceived lack) of the benefit of the change. 2) Fear of the unknown. 3) You may experience some type of loss because of the change.

My husband has worked as an Aircraft Mechanic for 31 years with Delta. Many years ago Delta was struggling and my husband’s pay cuts hit 47%. We had to sell our dream home, boat, and everything we could to stay afloat. We had to downsize to a house I didn’t like. It was deeply depressing. We lost everything! But did we? We still had our faith, health, our kids, cars to drive, and a roof over our heads.

The first step of dealing with unexpected change is to assess what you still have and be grateful in it. Difficult to do but very necessary. And God will help you do it which is so very comforting.

The Ultimate Change

When you get right down to it…Spiritual change is all that really matters. Are you growing in Christ or stagnant in your relationship with God? Are you reading the Bible or People Magazine? Do you have prayer and your mind wanders and you almost have to ask God, “Where was I?” Choosing to change and grow in your spirit is the most important work you’ll ever do. Because you see, when you are walking in the spirit you have an eternal outlook beyond our temporary lives on this earth. Being as close as you can with God will help you navigate change with peace in your heart.

God Does Not Change

The best news ever! Hebrews 13:8 tells us that, "God is the same yesterday today, and forever.” His promises to you stand forever. And we read in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” When you love God and walk with Him, there is no change in your life on earth that He won’t help you with. So be grateful for what you have. Pursue a relationship with your Heavenly Father with all that is within you. And know that no matter what happens, God will carry you through!

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything

by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your

requests be made known to God. And the peace of God,

which surpasses all understanding, will guard your

hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

~ Philippians 4:6-7

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