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Day 3: Embrace New

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This post is part of a 31 day series on change, where I share my reflections in just 5 minutes.  To read all of the posts in this series, click here.

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I’m in the grip of His grace.

I find myself wanting to hold tightly to the way things were. It seems like this season has come too soon, and I wasn’t fully prepared for it in my heart. Is one ever really prepared for change? I say that I have surrendered my will and my way to the Lord,  Yet my fists are clenched tight as I try to hold on to even the smallest portion of the way things were.

But how can God lead me in His will, if I refuse to let go?

Yes, I am in the grip of His grace, and while I am there, I must let go and learn to embrace this new season. It has the potential to be a season filled with awe and wonder, filled with warmth and gratitude. It can also be a season where the gifts of God that have lay dormant in my life up to this point can rise to the surface.

I can’t have it both ways. I can’t hang on and let go. I will either hang on and refuse to move, or

[Tweet “I will let go, free falling into grace, knowing that He holds me.”]

So the question is, when change comes my way, will I turn and run, avoiding the unknown, or will I run into it, fully embracing that which I cannot see and do not fully understand?

Yes, Lord, I am thankful for this new season. I do not know yet how it will all unfold, but I am comforted by the fact that You know the end from the beginning, and that all my days have already been written. You will not lead me where you do not go. I am held in the grip of grace, free to let go and embrace the new.

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43 Comments

  • Reply
    Allison Schrader
    October 2, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I love, “You will not lead me where you do not go.” Yes. Great truth. Thank you. I enjoyed stopping by!

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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you Allison. I hope to get over to your place soon.

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    Brandi
    October 2, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Barbie,
    Oh I am one of those who struggles to let go and yet hang on… change is scary. Well, the change itself isn’t scary but the unknown is. I am learning to ignore the ‘what ifs’ and embrace instead the grace to take the next step. What an encouragment and a sweet reminder your words are to me tonight. I am thankful to be your neighbor on Five Minute Friday. May your weekend be a loaded with hugs and assurances as you journey.
    ~ Brandi

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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Brandi, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope and pray that God continues to lead you through seasons of change with much grace. I hope to stop over to your place soon.

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    Ruth
    October 3, 2014 at 1:04 am

    You’re absolutely right, Barbie, – openness to the new things God is doing requires that we let go – relinquish total control – and trust him. May we get better and better at it!
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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      That is my prayer Ruth. Have a blessed weekend.

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    Leah Adams
    October 3, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Barbie, I totally adore the concept of ‘free falling into grace…knowing He holds me’. What a beautiful picture! New seasons full of change hold angst for most of us. Praying for you in this new season…for the Lord to enable you to walk confidently into His plan for you. Stopped by from #FMFparty!
    Leah Adams recently posted..Five Minute Friday ~ New

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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks Leah. Every time I think about that phrase, I picture myself with my arms outstretched, falling backwards into His arms. Such a beautiful picture of grace. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Mary
    October 3, 2014 at 2:17 am

    You’re right we can’t have it both ways but I have tried so many times. I have learned though that in the act of surrendering I am loved by a mighty God and it is good! Love you friend!
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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      AMEN Mary! So thankful for His love.

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    Chrissy
    October 3, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Another great one going straight to my heart! Thank you, Barbie! xxx
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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      You’re welcome Chrissy.

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    Amy Jung
    October 3, 2014 at 4:00 am

    I do love the thought of being free to embrace change. We ARE free in Christ to live a new way. To run to Him and embrace His path. I do pray that He would shock you with his goodness, provision and blessing in this season!
    Amy Jung recently posted..If Patience and Slowing Feels Painful

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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Oh “shock”, that is a good Word. Blessings to you Amy!

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    Cynthia
    October 3, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Barbie,
    I always receive a blessing when I visit your blog. Change is the ony way to grow in His Word, but I must force myself to let go of the “old” and accept the “new.” Joy to you!
    Cynthia recently posted..The Turning of Pages in Life

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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      And I love when you visit Cynthia. Thankful you are blessed!

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    Beth
    October 3, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Praying for the letting go and free falling of grace for us all. Beautiful words, Barbie.
    Much love.
    xoxo
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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Praying you are enjoying this beautiful weekend with your love my friend.

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    Sarah Knepper
    October 3, 2014 at 6:10 am

    I love this Becky! Change and new things are so hard sometimes. Your perspective is one I’ve felt many times.
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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Blessings to you Sarah! 🙂

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    Debbie Williamson
    October 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

    “Embracing the new.” Love that. Because the Lord says He is doing a new thing and it is springing up. So, we either embrace it or it passes us by. Blessings as you embrace this new season. And it will be exceedingly, abundantly, more than you ever hoped for or imagined.
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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      I receive that hopeful encouragement Debbie! Blessings!

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    ~Karrilee~
    October 3, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I love this so much! Embracing Change is so hard, and yet we know it does us no favors to resist it! Praying for you in this transition, friend! Free fall into Grace… so much yes!!! Let’s do THAT!
    ~Karrilee~ recently posted..DAY THREE – Make, no FIND, Time (a FMF post)

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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Love you Karrilee!

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    Julie Lefebure
    October 3, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Grace. Yes, you and I are in the grip of His grace. So thankful we are and for sharing this together! God has you safe and secure. Blessings await you as you hold His hand on this journey of change, my friend. Lifting you in prayer today!
    Julie Lefebure recently posted..A Slight Detour On This Journey

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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you for stirring my faith Julie!

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    Linda@Creekside
    October 3, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I’m hearing you about change, Barbie. I just penned a post on transitions. For change can happen in an instant … but the transitions can last far longer than we imagined.

    Love your focus on grace. It’s good to be here today.
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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you Linda. Just as the seasons change, so God brings about change in our lives. Trusting. Blessings!

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    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup
    October 3, 2014 at 11:05 am

    We have to let go of our fears so that our hands are free to accept His grace! Love this reminder today, Barbie. Thanks for the link-up, as always.
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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Blessings to you Heather!

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    Christy @ A Heartening Life
    October 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I think I need to post this statement somewhere in my house where I can see it. “I can’t hang on and let go.” Change is so hard, but such an expected part of life. You’d think we would be better at it. Ha! I’d say running into the change shows our faith and trust in God’s plan. Thanks for sharing!

    Christy @ A Heartening Life
    http://www.ahearteninglife.com
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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      I want to hold and take a hold of his hand, but my hands first must be free. Thanks for stopping by Christy!

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    Lisa
    October 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    What’s that saying? “I’d rather be out on a limb with Jesus, than safely under the tree without Him.” Something like that. Change is growth (unless you let it become decay)…go for the growth, girl! 🙂 <3
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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      That’s a good way of looking at it Lisa! Thanks for stopping by.

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    charis
    October 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    “i can’t have it both ways. i can’t hang on and let go…” this applies to me so much right now. thank you.
    charis recently posted..day 3: it’s enough

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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      It applies to me in so many ways. So excited to have you back writing Charis!

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    Cathy
    October 4, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I love how you brought out about being free to embrace change. I have changes I need to make and this is an encouragement.
    Cathy recently posted..Changing Habits

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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Thankful you were encouraged Cathy!

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    Somer
    October 4, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Love this, ““You will not lead me where you do not go.”

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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Somer. I hope to pay you a visit soon.

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    Jaime
    October 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    You gave me chills. My oldest is at Homecoming right this very minute, and my baby just turned one and is so sweet and snuggly and perfect. I am desperately trying to hold onto it all, but I know I can’t. Thank you.
    Jaime recently posted..Food Allergy Screw Up: Time for a New Start

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      Barbie
      October 4, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      They grow up so fast Jaime. I have adult children, a teen and a preteen and it seems like yesterday they were holding my hand and crossing the street. Thankful you were encouraged in reading.

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    Lea
    October 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I recently heard that the only person that embraces change is a baby with a dirty diaper and I do believe that is the truth. Change is so hard!!! We are facing some huge changes in our church and it is so, so tough on a lot of us. And, of course, we all face personal changes that challenge us to the point of no return. But, HE is always faithful to see us through and HE has sure proved that to me. Blessings to you!
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