Embracing Life’s Transitions // Week One — 16 Comments

  1. I would choose the beach any day too, Barbie! Change really can be so incredibly difficult. This has given me a much better perspective about it. Thank you :). I got this book in my swag bag at Allume. You have made me excited to read it. I’m going to have to lift it a few spots on my to read list.

  2. Change is very hard for me,. I give God my worries and then take them back . Trust has always be an issue for me as I always managed to get hurt when i trusted someone. I need to Trust God as he is my father. I never knew my real dad and was always told I was abandon by him and my step dad adopted me but always through it up in my face. I was adopted at 3 years old it was not my decision So trusting a father is extremely hard for me..I am not giving up I am enjoying Kristen’s book. I pray for that strong trust and peace in my father. Kristen seemed strong even though she did not like change. She waited and trusted. My faith is strong it is the trust issue i am working on. Please keep me in your prayers.

    • Dot, thank you so much for sharing. I am sorry you were abandoned by your earthly father. But you can have faith in the fact that God will never, ever abandon you, no matter what. He is a good Father. Yes, He seems far away at times, and sometimes we can’t hear Him or see His plan up ahead. But He is good and you will see His goodness here on this earth. It’s a promise. I will be praying for you, that you will learn to trust Him. He is faithful.

  3. Though I’m not able to read along with you, Barbie, I am already being encouraged by your posts. Thank you. In our present changes, I always seem to imagine bad things ahead instead of better. But I’m trying to trust God and His promise that He will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. This line really catches my attention and gives me cause for reflection – “Acknowledging that God wants to be in our lives more than those things we hold onto is the first step to acceptance, and the first step to contentment.”

    • So glad you are here Trudy! I too can tend to think upon the negative, forgetting that God has good things for us up ahead. Acknowledge our need for Him is the first step to being content.

  4. I’m not able to read along with you this time, Barbie, but just as I knew you would, you’ve offered up a good deal of encouragement and thought right here! My life took a complete 180 turn about three years ago, so I can relate to a lot of these feelings and questions. I can also, by God’s grace, say that Lewis’ quote is 100% spot on. That’s not something you can necessarily embrace in the midst of the change, though. God always has Better in mind for us, always. I’m praying God uses this book to offer you hope and healing, sweet friend.

  5. I hate change. HATE.IT. Even the good kind. Give me a rut and a routine and I’m content. As I’m reading in this book, though, the Lord is quietly speaking to me that I need Him MORE — I turn to HIM MORE — when I am in seasons of change. And that maybe content — the kind of content that I want to be, with my circumstances – is exactly the wrong kind of contentment. He wants me content in HIM, trusting that any change that He brings to or allows in my life is for the Kingdom good — and that includes me.

    I’m so happy you’re doing this, Barbie! 🙂

    • That’s such great point Shelby. May we never become so content with our circumstances that we fail to recognize our need for Him.

  6. This gives me a lot to think about and I’m only a lurker here! My past has so many scars that I never quite experienced the “settled” feeling. I was too busy running: from Him, from myself and from pain. It took me many long years lost in the wilderness to get me where I am today. Back to Him and the simple, powerful truth: He is all I need. When a tsunami of change threatens, I run to Him and hand it all over. What a freeing way to live! So brand new to me. Blessings, Friend <3

    • I so have not arrived at feeling “settled” in change. Like I wrote in my post, I choose to not be content. I know the Lord has much to teach me. I pray my heart will always remain open. Thankful for you!

  7. Contentment often seems like a roving target. But it’s always encouraging to hear that it is possible to find. I’m in a good season of life right now, so it’s easy to be content, but I know that change is ALWAYS just around the corner. That never changes. 🙂 And I want my contentment to rest on God’s provision in every season, not my circumstances. Thanks for the encouragement here, Barbie!

  8. I really identified with Kristen’s struggles with change, because I tend to react negatively to change myself. And . . . I have a tendency to be evaluating all the time, “Is this what I should be doing?” I’m in such a different place than I ever anticipated I would be at this point, and yet there are so many good things that God has given out of His grace that I can’t doubt His care and love for me. When I reviewed Kristen’s book, I came to the realization that I only embrace changes that: 1. Are my idea; 2. Produce a good outcome — as I would define it. Part of maturing in Christ, for me, has been letting Him define what is “good.”

    • Thanks such a great point Michele. Sometimes we are so quick to label change as something that is not good. But God only has our best at heart and even though sometimes the change is hard, heartbreaking at times, we can have faith that God will show us His goodness through it.

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