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Today’s Blog Contributor: 

Kristen Zuray

Kristen ZurayKristen Zuray has faithfully served in church ministry for 18 years.  Currently, she and her family have started a new ministry to reach the drug-addicted and homeless youth of our cities.  She is an author of four books and speaks at conferences, retreats, and various church events.  She and her husband reside outside Seattle, WA with their four children. You can find more blogs by Kristen at Coffee With God.

 

When the World Turns Upside Down

When the world turns upside downChange.  I just finished reading Angela Howard’s blog about change and the difficulties of it.  It got me to thinking about the past 2 years and the many changes my family has gone through – a major career change for both my husband and I, a teenage driver, new church, new friends, and learning to adapt to a new type of world which includes a new way of thinking.  I usually don’t mind change as long as things come one at a time but not all at the SAME TIME!  I wish I could say I handled it gracefully, but I can’t.  It’s been a rollercoaster ride of emotions, one day I’m happy and thanking God for the changes, and the next questioning him about the wisdom of these dramatic differences.

Give it a few more months and maybe we will arrive at the place where we can have a grip again, but in the meantime, I’ve come to realize that change is often necessary for God to lead us into his purpose.  I thought my husband and I would be pastors forever, but that wasn’t God’s plan.  His path is leading us elsewhere to serve some other purpose.  During this transition period, he’s grown and challenged both of us.  At the beginning of this change, I questioned him, “Who am I?”  and 2 years later, I now know and understand who he has made me to be and I would never have arrived at that place unless change happened.

Think of the changes that have happened in your life and write down how you have grown because of them. Would you rather go back to the way it was or continue in the new path that God is leading you on?  Taking the time to reflect will help you to embrace God when he decides to turn your world upside down!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11


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