Thanks for stopping by for our Coffee Hour! I thought it would be fun to give you a little recap of our Five-year anniversary celebration which focused on change. Grab your coffee and your Strand of Faith and let’s go talk about this word that has so much meaning behind it!
Change…wow, I think of change and I am humbled…..almost beyond words, which is near impossible for an author! I mean when I just wanted to write a book, and He had other plans, to be honest, I wasn’t embracing it…at least not for the first two years. While I loved doing our workshops, I had not completely embraced this huge change in my life. By the third year, I opened up my arms in surrender and began to truly embrace my calling to help broken people learn to unlearn and re-learn things that will help them thrive IN life and love and OUT of the unhealthy habits that interfere with healthy living. I wouldn’t change it because of how much it’s changed me…and there are days I wonder if I will ever get there…wherever there is, but let’s not forget, He who begun a new and good work in us will be faithful to continue it until when…
So let’s talk about this little word that has such big consequences.
Imagine that right before you drove home from work, someone told you all of the old traffic laws had changed forever: Red no longer means stop and green no longer means go. In fact, all of the signs that used to guide you were no longer valid. The old laws were gone, but the new ones remained unwritten.
How would you feel as you set out for home?
Often, change happens just like that: quick, sudden, and it disrupts our emotional equilibrium and affects our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Change is a loss of predictability and many of us, when we can’t predict what will happen next, we feel fear, anxiety, less in control
Let me tell you something: the more we feel out of control, the more we are in control! Learning how to embrace change is yielding to the right of way!
Let me leave you with an acrostic about what change is and what it takes:
Commitment We can’t do anything without committing to do it!
Heart It’s not necessarily mind over matter but heart and mind over matter
Acknowledgement and/or adaptability because it takes more energy to be rigid than it does to be flexible
Negotiating through so you don’t just survive but you learn to thrive thru change
Grieving: It’s okay to mourn for you can’t disown what you haven’t owned…and then it’s time to get up so you can move on
Energy: These are those physical, emotional and Spiritual muscles I was talking about because it does take those muscles exerting energy to trust that He is working ALL changes for your good and HIS glory!
Learning to embrace change,