“Change doesn’t have to be so hard.”

The Pour:

For a full description of what The Pour section is, check out Day 1’s post of this series.

We’re going to pour out all the random thoughts that just won’t stop – All the stuff floating around in your head at this moment, “pour it out,” at God’s feet. This could include everything from the grocery list to those deep needs and prayers in your heart.

Simply say:

Dear God,

This has been on my mind and heart, please take it: (and then list it all out)

Now, with a clear mind finish the prayer with:

And now help me to hear Your message for my heart today.

Amen

The Beans:

The Background:

God delivered His people from captivity in Egypt. You may recall scenes or stories about how Moses parts the red sea and all of the Israelites make it across safely, as the water comes crashing back down on Pharoh’s army, killing them.

Well, it’s an amazing story, but one thing I failed to consider is that these people escaped, (yay, of course), but then where do they go? The Israelites who escaped had been in captivity in Egypt their entire lives. They knew nothing different than living on that land. Now they were wandering and homeless.

But, God provided from them in the wilderness … each step of the way, you read of Him helping His people through change.

The Verse:

Isaiah 43:18-19

“Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

The Fill:

What’s the point for YOU?:

  • What word or phrase from this verse popped out to you?

Read the verse a second time and answer:

  • What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?

When our Pastor left our church a few years ago, I remember my mixed emotions … excitement for a new change, sadness over losing the Pastor we knew and loved, and overwhelm staring at such an unsure future.

When I prepared the agenda for that very first session meeting without our fearless leader, I used this scripture to jumpstart the meeting.

A group of elders gathered on their own, about to embark on a journey of unchartered territories, as we reminded ourselves that God was with us, that He would provide and we should rest assured.

Other times in my life, I’ve set out on other new journeys. I’ve moved (big change), and I’ve tried new nutrition programs or workout programs, or even just changed up our daily schedule (“small” changes).

Regardless of whether the changes you’re seeking to make in your life are ones you’ve picked, or, ones that have been forced upon … change is hard.

New diets, new lifestyles, new ways of life after loved ones have passed, new seasons of parenting, or navigating an empty nest … are all changes that we’ll face.

We’re constantly moving, life is always pulling us forward, whether we like it or not.

And the key to remember is that God is with you.

In those times where you feel like you simply can’t face the terrifying future that awaits, hear Him as He says, “I am making a way in the wilderness for you. I’m making streams in the wasteland. I am going to bring good from this … just trust me.

In those times where you’re so stuck in your past that making the necessary changes that you know you need/want to make seems impossible, rely on Him and His strength. “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing!”

What new thing are you facing or about to face?

What new thing should you be implementing in your life?

Do you need to change up the diet, start exercising, do you need to start a new hobby, change a job, mentally prepare for an empty nest, or embrace the fact that the baby years are over, and look forward to what lies ahead?

Great stuff lies ahead, friend, trust Him and go there!

To help us transition from quiet time, back into “real life,” taking both what we’ve learned, and the peace we just received, throughout the rest of our day …

We’re going to list out our small blessings from the past 24 hours, and an affirmation about yourself, life, or day.

Here we go:

My Blessings:

List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.

*Noticing the small blessings, really opens our eyes to just how blessed we are, AND to the fact that God is always with us.

List things such as: the dog actually came back in when I called, my coffee was especially delicious this morning, my husband gave me a hug out of nowhere, or my child had a good report at school.

My Affirmations:

List positive affirmations about yourself/life:

Here, I want you to list things such as, “I will be present or happy or joyful.”    “I AM worth it.”       “I am IN CONTROL of ___ situation.”

OR, if you’ve got BIG goals list those with determination. “I WILL run today, to train for that 5K.” “I WILL finish that project.” etc.

 

**List those out now, and then go on with your day affirmed, and determined.