How to Adjust to the Seasons of Change in our Lives

Adjusting to Seasons of Change

I was listening to Christian radio while fixing breakfast and the message was so riveting I had to stop everything!  Charles Swindoll of Insight for Living Ministries was speaking on “adjusting to change”.  A few things he mentioned really struck me.  I want to share his points from the program and then I have a few points to share about how we can adjust to a difficult or unexpected change. I will expand on them to help you and/or a loved one when adjusting to a challenging circumstance or unexpected situation.  Here is what Swindoll recommends when adjusting to a change for the good.

1-Always stay open to change or a new possibility.  Whether it be a new direction God wants to take you in or a new  opportunity.( I was not even thinking about or considering writing a blog 6 months ago!)
2-Don’t allow your activity to dull your sensitivity to God.  Do not be so busy with everything that we cannot hear over the “clutter”.  Yes we all have daily responsibilities but allow time for rest so we can be sensitive to God’s leading.
3-Allow God to be God.  He is the “Potter we are the clay.  He knows all and He is shaping us into who He wants us to become to glorify HIM.
4-Be ready to say yes with a willing, obedient heart. Maybe confer with a mate, trusted friend, or a mentor but be willing to say yes to God.

That being said, here are a  few additional points I’m learning and I want to share with you for dealing with change or an unexpected circumstance that you feel  may not be NOT good!

.Pulling out my hair

1-Try not to blame.  Whether you want to blame someone else or even blame yourself;do your best to avoid this.  Satan uses condemnation as a weapon to get us feeling upset, defeated, or even angry.  We have to remember who we are in Christ

2-Look to God for a solution.  Instead of beating yourself up or even attacking someone else, ask God for peace and guidance. (“Be anxious for nothing but in everything with prayer and thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7) It is always beneficial to focus on what God CAN do instead of what we cannot do in our own strength.

3-Take a deep breath.   When things do not go as planned we have a tendency to become anxious, fearful and frustrated about the situation. Take a deep breath and let God speak to you.  Sometimes we can be too quick to act or react to difficult situations or circumstances.  Just be still and trust God.    This let’s God see that you are putting all your faith in Him in spite of the unforeseen circumstances.

4-Ask Yourself; what can I learn from this situation?  Maybe this season of change is due to bad planning, timing, or maybe it really was beyond your control.  After your breathing and blood pressure have become normal, ask God what He is trying to teach you from this experience. As for myself, I’m still learning patience and humility during these trying times of recovery.  I am definitely a work in progress!

5- Thank God for being with you through the season of change.  You will be transformed when you allow God to guide and protect you during this time.  Whether it was from natural causes or a situation you created, be thankful that God is there to help guide you through the unexpected changes.(He wants you to ask Him for help!)  As  believers in Christ, we can know in our hearts that He will work it out for our good in line with His will. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those that love God; to those who are called according to his purpose.”(Romans 8:28)

What I pray you take from this post is that as much as we like a “routine” or what is “familiar”; seasons of change will occur in our lives.  Change allows us to grow and it transforms us.  Though change can be traumatic, it can also be gratifying and rewarding as we learn to trust God knowing that He is molding us to become more like Him. As we trust God during these times, our faith is rejuvenated and we can have the peace He offers to us.  So be encouraged during these circumstances because you are growing!

” He will be like a tree firmly planted by the streams of water, which yields fruit in it’s season and it’s leaf does not wither and in whatever he does he prospers.”

Psalm 1:3

What do you do when the unexpected happens? 

How do you handle change? Good or bad 

Is your heart prepared for change?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 comments on “How to Adjust to the Seasons of Change in our Lives

I needed to hear this today! Change is hard! Thanks you for the encouraging word.

Thanks for linking up to From the Archives Friday

Erica

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks Erica for the opportunity to share. Yes, change is definitely daunting at times but also an oppportunity for growth. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Have a wonderful week and God bless!

Hi, Horace! This post resonates with me, as I’m facing some life changes right now. I particularly appreciate your point #5, reminding us to be thankful for God’s presence with us through life’s changes. It has been my experience in times past that His presence is felt even more keenly during challenging times. Thank you for linking with us at Grace & Truth! This will be my feature at A Divine Encounter this week.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Jennifer for your visit and comment. You are so right! I am glad to hear that you sense God’s presence during those times. He wants us to draw near to Him during. Prayers for you as you go through your season of change. Thank you for the opportunity to share on Grace &Truth. May God bless you and yours

Horace – Thanks for stopping by my post today and leaving a comment – I just had to come read what God placed on your heart in regards to the same topic. Wonderful recap of Swindoll’s points and great additions of your own. Take a deep breathe – and look to God!! Yep, sometimes that is just the only things you can do. Thank you again and Blessings to you.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    I was thrilled to read your post about change Debbie! It is by the grace of God that He has brought you and your family through all the changes. It is obvious to me that He has a plan for you. May God continue giving you grace as you follow through on His will for your life. Thank you for this visit and the comment. I hope you and family have a blessed weekend!

Hello Horace,
Thank you for this post. There are a couple of things changing for me this year. One is, I have taken a step of faith and started a blog. Soon all my kids will be in school and I will have some free time for the first time in 12 years! I’m sad and happy both at the same time. But I’m looking forward to what God has in store for me. God bless you! (Ra Ra link up)

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Welcome Valerie! I am so glad to hear how God is working in your life. Excited that you are joining the Blogesphere. I will say I have only been at this for a few months myself and I absolutely love it! The freedom to express, the people you meet are so interesting and always willing to help. Please don’t hesitate if you have any questions. I have met some quality people that have helped me in this journey! Also when you get your blog set up let me know and I will come for a visit! May God richly bless you in all your endeavors. Have blessed week!

aminah

I love your story my brother in Christ. I’m under transformation as we speak. I pray that you will be strong and please pray the same for me.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Aminah. Thank you for sharing your comment. God wants to transform you so you can live the life He has planned for you. Whatever the circumstance,remember God is in control and He wants what is best for you. I will pray for you that You will continue trusting His plan for your life. God bless

I love the teaching of Chuck Swindoll & have listened to his radio program for years. Your added points were also very wise. When we step back from a situation instead of reacting to it immediately, our response is usually much wiser & more godly. So glad to have stopped here from Grace & Truth 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for your comment Joanne! My mother has always been a huge fan of Swindoll since I can remember. This particular bible study stopped me in my tracks! Because we know changes do occur in our lives but like you said if we take a moment and seek God for understanding before reacting, He will give us the wisdom and direction to come through our seasons of change. Thanks again for your comment. Have a blessed weekend!

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