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Embracing Life’s Transitions // Week 7

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My life over the last several months can be likened to a roller coaster. When life is good and things are going well, I’m up. I’m happy, full of joy and have a step in my pep. But when faced with life’s challenges, change, or hardship, I can tend to lose my zeal for life, while giving in to the lies that the enemy puts in head,

“Things will never change.”

“You aren’t worthy of love.”

“You are going to lose everything.”

“Don’t bother dreaming.”

“You might as well lie down and quit.”

Ugly lies, but harsh realities for me more often then not.

Turning off the voices in my head has been a constant battle as I continually try to tune into God’s frequency.

Broken and bruised, and with nowhere else to turn, I surrender my weakness to the Father. I can’t do this life without Him. I need Him in times of strength, but most importantly in times of weakness. It’s in my lowest times that God’s power rises to the forefront of my mind and reminds me that He remains.

When change comes, why wring our hands when we can cling to grace? he is there for us in each and every time of need. (Heb. 4:16) – Kristen Strong, Girl Meets Change

Jesus knows our weakness, he's felt weakness, and he isn't turned off by our weakness.
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If I am going to rid our minds of the enemies lies, I must wield the Sword of the Spirit – the Word of God. God’s Word is a source of strength in times of weakness.

But being disciplined to read the Word every day is easier said than done. Distractions come, meeting me head on, and before I know it I’ve given over to beginning my day without breathing in the Word.

The days I am breathing in the Word, I am breathing out a better day. – Kristin Strong, Girl Meets Change

My one goal this New Year is to read the Word of God every day. This doesn’t necessarily mean I will spend an hour or more soaking up God’s truth, but it means that I will read every day and meditate on His truths so that I can change  my outlook about my current season.

Reading God’s Word will give me the peace that I so desire, make me a better wife and mother, and help me to pray from a heavenly perspective.

Letting go of the lies that so easily overwhelm us is a choice. When we choose to believe that God is faithful, we are choosing to surrender our fears about the future and change into His capable hands.

Let us take up the Sword of the Spirit and believe that change is not in the way of God’s plan for our lives, but is on the way.

How about you my friends? Are you holding tightly to the truth of scripture and choosing to walk forward in freedom? Are you struggling with fear? I would love for you to share in the comments below. I would love to pray for you.

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    Lynn J Simpson
    January 5, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Jesus knows our weakness…yes, He does. And this is where I need Him more. Thankfully He knows what I need before I ask. May your times of soaking be full of those God-taught moments that leave you breathing Him into your heart, soul, and mind.

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    Ashley
    January 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I completely understand. I too, listen to the ugly lies. Thankful for you. Your writings are such a bright light in a dark world.

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    Beth S.
    January 6, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Barbie, I noticed a difference in the goal to read God’s Word every day vs. reading through the entire Bible. Which I see as wise. At least as one to hope for myself because the past couple years I’ve had hopes on reading through the entire Bible and then beat myself up when I fall short. And really, God just wants us to spend time with Him and in His Word. So let’s start with a desire to make time for Him daily, and how we spend that time with Him each day may look different. May read more, may read less, may spend it in prayer, etc. Just sounds more like a goal I (maybe we) can stay on track with.
    Much love to you, friend. Praying for you. xoxo

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    Trudy
    January 6, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    “Turning off the voices in my head has been a constant battle as I continually try to tune into God’s frequency.” I so identify with this, Barbie. Sometimes I get so weary of it all, but God will help us through it, won’t He? I’m so glad Jesus deeply empathizes with our weakness and gives us sufficient grace to keep clinging to Him and His Word. Thank you for making me feel less alone, Barbie, and for encouraging me in His promises. God be with you and give you strength for each day!

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