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Today’s Blog Contributor:
Angela Howard is an author and minister who loves empowering people with authentic encouragement and Biblical perspective for their imperfect lives. Her book: How to Love Your Crazy Family is on amazon and you can connect with her on her blog at noordinarydays.com.
Is True Change Really Possible?
Okay friends, it’s confession time: I’m not an optimist. I’m not even a pessimist. I’m a straight up realist. I’ve always said this, but I took one of those online tests confirming it and everyone knows those are 100% accurate, right? I think this might be why it’s hard for me embrace change. Sometimes I even wonder if change is really possible.
Have you ever felt that way? You’ve developed patterns so deeply rooted that it can be difficult to imagine a true transformation. But in the past few months I’ve noticed a little seed of hope that has been planted deep within my heart. My prayer is that God will plant that same kernel of hope in yours as well.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NLT)
Change is Uncomfortable
Change is uncomfortable, but not impossible. It’s time to start a shift in our thinking. But I’ll be honest—we’ve lived in our current home for 4 ½ years and I’ve never changed the arrangement of the furniture. It works—why change it? But what if something isn’t working for you?
Your relationship with your family
Your relationship with God
Your work habits
Your emotional processes
That last one hits the mark for me. When presented with a problem I try to see it for what it is, minus the stars and glitter. I look at the practical side of a situation and weigh my options to assess what the outcome might be. And above all I like to keep my emotions out of it, especially in an emergency. This has served me well, but now it’s seems my emotions have caught up with me. It’s time for change. It’s time to face this head on.
Questions to Ask When Making a Change
Motive: Why do you want to change? Is it to please others? Yourself? God?
Habits: Is this an issue of routine? Do you need to make a conscious choice to remove yourself from people, places and situations that are moving you away from your goals?
Emotional: How do you process your emotions? Stuff them down? Explode? Or maybe a little of both? Do you judge emotions as good and bad? (Check out Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst)
Spiritual: How is your relationship with God? If you just thought about what you’re accomplishing for God you might want to stop and consider your concept of connection. Are you listening for the Holy Spirit? Do you rest? Do you practice confession?
True change happens when we allow the Holy Spirit access to our hearts. What change do you need today? I would love to hear your story! Don’t hesitate to comment below or start a conversation by sharing today’s post on social media.
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