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There is a saying that someone prayed for God to let them win the lottery… and they kept saying it over and over… thinking their situation would change, but it never did.  Then one, day they heard a voice from above, and it was God.  He told them, “I have been waiting to help you out, BUT YOU HAVE TO BUY A TICKET IN ORDER TO WIN!”   

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Isn’t this just like us?  I know it’s like me.  I get so scared of moving forward sometimes, to get out of my comfort zone, and do things that are “different” because I know change can be so hard…especially now that I am in the wonderful “midlife years”. 

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Change isn’t all bad.  Some changes are actually fun … we love those, don’t we?  A new friendship emerges with a sweet woman who just joined your church, a new job has turned into one you just love, or a house you just moved into has become a home.  Maybe your family has started to grow – a new son or daughter-in-law, or a new baby or grand baby. (Below is a picture of our first grandchild Conrad. ) We are so thrilled to welcome him into our lives! 

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If you are ready to leap into a change – whether it is your choice or not – you are probably not alone.  Take a deep breath, and take it moment-by-moment, day-by-day.  You will get through this, but adjusting to change can often be a slow process.  I like to think that change is God’s way of getting me ready for the next thing He has planned for me.  Somehow, thinking of change in this way, makes me feel a little less overwhelmed.   

“Ah Lord God!  Behold, Thou has made the heavens and the earth by thy great power and by Thine outstretched arm!  Nothing is too difficult for Thee.”  (Jeremiah 32:17 – NAS)

And we read further in this same chapter, Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27 – NAS)

Goodness, I need to often hear those words!  And believe them, deep into my soul, heart and mind!  God can do anything, and He is always by my side!  Nothing is too difficult for God! 

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And my prayer is: “Please Lord, show me the way (or right job opportunity… path … choice ____ – fill in- whatever it is) as I am dense, and I often just don’t get it – so please make the answer obvious!”

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“The 3 C’s of life: Choices, Chances, Changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.”  (Author unknown)

Embracing the chance to accept a change…

~Clare

 

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Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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20 Comments

  • Great post, Clare. Thank you for the reminder and for the quote at the end. So pertinent in today’s world where choices affect everything we do and have ripples that move outward. I can never have too many reminders that God has got my back! – Amy
    http://www.stlyingrannymama.com

    • Clare says:

      Oh goodness – the “ripple affect” from change! That’s a great point! Yes, thank goodness God has our back – thanks for your comments!

  • “I like to think that change is God’s way of getting me ready for the next thing He has planned for me. ” What a fantastic perspective. That’s a good way to think about any adversity that comes our way, too. Thank you for this. Wonderful!

    • Clare says:

      Glad you found the post uplifting! I think we need reminders that “it’s going to be okay – and God has our back”! 🙂

  • Megan says:

    I love this! Making the choice is so powerful. Even just the choice to trust and keep your eyes on him and remain in peace throughout the transition. Thank you!

    • Clare says:

      Yes, sure is a tough choice sometimes for me to just trust God and remain in peace! I think we all need these simple reminders! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Andrea says:

    I’m doing a lot more praying these days that God would help me with stuff 🙂

    • Clare says:

      Yes, pray, pray, pray! Always helpful and the one thing we can truly do that helps us stay on track! Thanks for your thoughts, Andrea!

  • Embracing Change means expecting messy…it just does…but who wants to be the same person in the same place they are in 10 years from now? God wants to do something great and we have to intentionally choose to follow Him!

    • Clare says:

      Yes, moving forward – great reminder that change is messy but it helps us move forward with our lives! Great thoughts! Thank you!

  • GiGi Eats says:

    Today has been a whirlwind convo full of the change that is about to come. I am overwhelmed. Excited. Nervous. Scared. Anxious. Happy. Sad. So many things. I am trying my best to stay composed but man, I am just kind of exhausted by the thought of adulting.

    • Clare says:

      So true, Gigi! Change brings so many, many different emotions that you have shared with us – excited, nervous and the whole batch of them! I guess it’s part of the process! Adulting is hard, right now I want to go back to bed and crawl under my covers!!!! 🙂

  • Samantha says:

    Great reminder to us, thank you for writing this and delivering it in such a light hearted way. God bless!

    • Clare says:

      I do try to keep it “light” to help lighten people’s load! 🙂 These days, we can use all the uplifting we can possibly get, right! ???? Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Sheila says:

    First of all congrats on your new grandson! He is beautiful! I loved this post! If we are not willing to embrace change we can miss out on some great learning experiences, missed opportunities and God’s blessings. Dealing with change always comes back to me saying I trust you Lord in wherever you are leading…Thanks Clare!

  • Clare says:

    Thanks so much, Sheila! Conrad is adorable – over 6 months old now!!!! Change is so hard, though! Be blessed and thanks so much for the kind words and stopping in today!

  • Leigh says:

    I like that thought that change can be God getting me ready for the next things he has for me. Change can be scary, but God’s plans for us are always good.

    • Clare says:

      Yes, I so agreed, Leigh! I find that oftentimes I am scared with change! God is good – so true and so are His plans for us! Thanks!

  • Kayd says:

    Such an encouraging post, thank you for this!

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