Change is inevitable...

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...except from a vending machine.

This Robert C. Gallagher quote humorously expresses what all of us know to be true. Everyone experiences times of change and transition in their life. We see it in nature, we see it in our friends and we see it in ourselves. Though change is a normal part of life it can still be very stressful and difficult to handle. A happy bride-to-be can be overwhelmed by the amount of decisions she needs to make in planning a wedding. Expectant mother's worry about what the future will bring and if they will be a good mom. A new job can bring anxiety about whether of not you are capable of pleasing your boss. Though a wedding, a baby and a promotion are often considered to be good and exciting changes they can still bring with them a lot of stress and anxiety. Transition often brings uncertainty and a feeling of a loss of control. Fear starts to creep in and we are left pondering the uncertainties. Christians know (in their head) that God is in control but we often forget that in our hearts. Staying in the Word and in prayer can help us to remember that the Lord is in control. I've mentioned this in the two previous posts and I don't want to sound like a broken record but this is a vital part of the Christian walk. It cannot be emphasized enough. A good support group of friends is also really important. Friends can help you stay accountable and check on you to make sure you are staying in the Word and reassure you that God is in control. Friends can lend a listening ear when you need to sort through your anxieties and begin to process the change. Also, friends can be there for some comic relief to lift your spirits. Change is something that we have no control over- it is going to happen. Our response to the change though, that is entirely up to us.

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? .Matthew 6:28-30.

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