Monday, April 26, 2010

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

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Life is good.  Even when its tough, there is still good, if we're brave enough to look for it.  I believe life's goodness comes from our Creator whose presence is everywhere and in all things, including you and me.  The love and grace of God surrounds us.  Can you feel it?

As I have welcomed spring and the changing of seasons, I've noticed God's presence surrounding me.  There are so many things that are changing these days.  I used to be a girl who loathed change and there are times when I still dread it.  Change is least welcome when we're happy and when we're comfortable.  This has certainly been the case for me.  Loosing someone you love is never wanted change.  Leaving or moving away from those you hold dear is also uncomfortable change.  Moments of starting over can be challenging change.  But, there are other types of change.  Like how your life changes when you fall in love.  How everything you once knew is suddenly different with the presence of a child.  Maybe its trusting in God and taking a leap of faith you didn't think you had the courage to take, just to find out there was an ocean of blessings on the other side.  Change can be good.

I spent some time in my garden this weekend.  I pruned back my rose and hydrangea bushes, set out a new hanging basked, potted new plants along my entry way and planted beautiful daisy's and petunias in the flower boxes around my trees.  How beautiful it is to sit inside of change.  Not long ago, the pots were empty and the bushes covered with snow.  The grass was brown and the trees bare.  But now the beauty of spring has blossomed and oh what a miraculous change.

Though my infertility often makes me feel like the cold brown branches of a winter tree, lifeless and forgotten, I know spring is right around the corner.  Hope is more than a word inscribed on a ring I wear every day, its the reason we keep fighting.  "Faith in things hoped for."  I have faith in things hoped for.  Yet, in the midst of that wintery struggle, there is a garden blooming.  I have received my first appointment.  Starting June 13th, I will be an associate pastor at a growing and exciting new church here in OK.  What a blessing this is for me and my family.  New life is blooming for us.  Things are changing and we're embracing the changes.  We can't wait to be a part of this church's life and to help nurture and grow the Kingdom of Heaven.

So as I go about my day singing "ch-ch-ch-ch-changes", I hope you'll think about your life and how God might be making changes and moving things around in order to help your garden bloom.  Sometimes there has to be a little pruning, but in the end, what happens is life giving.  Trust in God and embrace that with change comes great opportunity.  How might you grow closer to God and show God to others through the changing of seasons in your life?

Love-in-Christ

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8 comments:

Lynette said...

Great post Freddae...yes change is usually necessary even when we don't like it.

Chrissy said...

I'm not a fan of change. At all. But I do agree that it's often necessary.

Painful, but necessary.

Becka said...

Change is good, but that does'nt mean I do it to often,lol
My favorite change is the seasons,
Becka,

myletterstoemily said...

congratulations on your new appointment!

in what capacity will you be working? my
grandmother was an ordained methodist
minister, so it's sort of in my blood, too.

will keep praying for a 'change' in your
fertility! will ask the Giver of good gifts
for lots of precious little ones.

blessings,
lea

Single and Sane said...

Congratulations on your new appointment! I know you'll be a blessing to others in your new position, just as you are to those of us who follow your blog.

Margaret

A 2 Z said...

Congratulations! Its the beginning of good things to come... :)

Linda said...

Hi,
Just found your blog and I have enjoyed my visit here.
Change is something we often resist and it is something we have problems embracing! It is however so necessary.
Do drop by blog if you can.Simple Womans Daybook and Days Touched by Grace.
Have great day!

Paula said...

I came across your blog on google. I was surprised when I saw your header image :) I'm going through some ch-changes right now, major! Hubby is out of work for the first time in 15 years, so say a prayer. ((hugs)) I'm following your blog now.

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