I dashed into Superstore to pick up a few things, and it hit me. As I saw the shelves, newly stocked with school supplies, I realized with a start that this was the first fall in 20 years that I would not be buying school supplies! What a great thought! I should have done cartwheels right there in the aisle! But the thoughts that tumbled around that realization were mixed… and I pondered it over the next days.

My summer has been filled with change. Graduation excitement for one son and busy wedding preparations for another son have all melted away now. There is a sense that life is as it should be — we raise them to give them wings — but it is an adjustment when the house is quiet and the groceries in the fridge last.

Life changes. In the past six months my job has changed, my husband’s job has taken him out of town more than ever, we have had the graduation and the wedding, a couple of funerals and to top it off, I have periods of feeling very hot when I am used to being a “cold” person. Ummm……….

There have been a lot of adjustments — to new schedules, new routines, a much quieter house, changes in relationships, a birthday passing with the person no longer there to phone. They say change is the only constant in life. I pondered all my changes. Some of them I like, others I don’t care for, but all of them are simply part of life.

This summer my daughter took my boxes of photos that were waiting to get into albums “sometime” and she scrap-booked them all. A true labor of love! As I have gone through each book representing a certain period in the life of our family, I realized that life has been full of change. Home has been in varied places and change has not always been easy. But for the most part we have thrived on it and loved it.

I realized that there were principles I put into practice that served me well and that I needed to dust off and remind myself of now in this period of new change.

  1. Maximize the pros and minimize the cons. Every change in life has both positive and negative aspects to it. Sometimes the balance isn’t equal. But in every situation of change, we choose where we will dwell. Maximize the positive points and don’t linger on the negative ones. Choose to smile.
  2. Enjoy the moment. Change is inevitable and this particular space in time is a treasure, even if it is hard. Don’t wait to enjoy life. Engage in this moment in life. Choose to laugh.
  3. Appreciate people. Without people, life is empty. God created us as social creatures. We need each other. Dare to reach out.
  4. Cultivate a thankful heart.
    Do you know that God always has kindness of heart toward you? Sometimes in changes and transitions we can mistakenly begin to feel God is working against us. But He always works in love in our lives. Never doubt the goodness of God toward you. Find the little things to be thankful for. Gratitude puts a softness in your eyes and is tonic for the soul. Choose thankfulness.
  5. Invite God into every change. Some changes are hard, and we struggle against them. God desires to walk beside you and give you the strength and wisdom you need to handle each changing situation in your life. He can be counted on when no one and nothing else can! Ask Him for help. He promises to answer all those who call on Him. Invite God in.
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As I think back over the changes of my life and realize how these five conscious decisions have helped me in the past, I am determined to look to the future with eager anticipation. Stopping to ponder has confirmed the track record of God in my life as I called on Him to be my source when these decisions were difficult.

You cannot always choose the changes that come your way. But you can always choose your response. And you always have access to a God who loves you and will carry you through. I know, for He has done it for me many times.

If you have never invited God into your life you can do it right now.

He longs to be in relationship with you to help and guide you and walk beside you. He waits for you to make the choice…invite Him right now.

Father God,
Thank you that You desire to be in relationship with me. I can hardly even understand that but I want you to walk beside me and help me through the changes I am facing. Forgive me for going my own way and excluding You from my life. Thank you that you sent your son Jesus to die in my place so my sins can be forgiven in your sight. I believe and receive you into my life right now. Help me to grow in my faith and trust in You. Thank you! I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.



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