I am so happy to be writing a series on perseverance with my sweet friends, Mary Geisen, Debbie Kitterman, and Patti Krank. We have become fast friends in the last couple of years…traveling together, doing a podcast together, and more. I can tell you these girls know a whole lot about perseverance!
This is the sixth post in the series and my second contribution. You can find the other posts here.
Turn and Face the Changes
A lot of words have been written about change. Songs have been sung. Tears have been cried. And heels have been dug in.
Yeah, that last part may just be me! Because in the last 10 years, I have faced an awful lot of change. Both my kids joined the military. I quit my job. Then I moved to another city and started a new job. My daughter got deployed.
I landed my dream job and moved into another house. My first grandson was born. I lost the job I loved and was unemployed for a year. I lived with my daughter for five months. My second grandchild was born.
I took a new job and moved to the mountains of NC. I started a new program in that job. Next, I found a new church. Then I accepted a promotion and moved onto campus. So I found another new church. My third grandchild was born.
My mom and I published a book. I accepted another promotion and changed departments within the agency. Seemed like a good time to start a podcast. And a good time to start grad school. (What was I thinking?) A few weeks later, I found out that my organization would be going through a merger. I worked the hardest I have ever worked for the next year. My son moved back to our hometown. We completed our merger.
I moved back to my hometown where I’ve been since the beginning of March. My mom and I published our second book. I’ve found another new church. I’ve moved offices three times because of renovations which are still not complete. My daughter and her family moved back to our hometown.
Whew! Just writing it makes me tired. What I’ve realized recently is that living it has been absolutely exhausting. But it doesn’t have to be.
Determine that you will embrace the change.
When change arrives, we have three choices. We can run from it. Or stubbornly try to resist it. But we always have the option to embrace it. Embracing change may sound like a tall order, but it is possible! Here’s a couple of suggestions to help you get through the changes in your life.
The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3). That knowledge alone has helped me to embrace the change as it comes…because all you have to do is look at my list above and see that change doesn’t stick around too long before it changes itself! Seriously though, choosing to look for the good in the change will help you to embrace it and move through it until the next change comes along.
It’s always seemed to me that when I embrace the change, it is easier to move through a particular season. When I was out of work for a year, I had plenty of times when I kicked and screamed and cried about it. But overall, I found that if I faced my new reality every day, it was easier for me to move forward, and to see where God was working.
Remember to take care of yourself.
Changes are stressful, even the good ones. So when you are facing a time of change taking care of yourself is vitally important. Rest, exercise, eating right, being kind to yourself, lowering your expectations, and treating yourself to something special are great ways to take care of yourself. It’s also important to listen to your mind and your heart.
In my recent season of change, my mind is really tired. And my heart is telling me to make some changes of my own choosing…at least for a little while. So this summer is going to be a great season of rest for me. I only have one summer school class and it will be over at the end of June. I’ll put my blog and podcast on the back burner for a few months. I’ll not commit to anything new until the fall, and only then will I commit when I know God is clearly calling me to do so. I need some time to unwind…to enjoy family and friends…to reconnect to my Father…to listen. Honestly, it’s a change I’m looking forward to!
The testimony today is that you can persevere through change. You can face it, embrace it, and come out stronger on the other side. In Joshua 1, the Israelites had lost their beloved leader, Moses. Now it was Joshua’s turn to step up to lead God’s people. Multiple times throughout the book of Joshua, God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. And the reason He gives Joshua for being strong in the midst of change is because God was going with them.
God’s promise is the same to us today. He will never leave nor forsake us. So no matter what change we are facing, we can be strong and courageous!
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