It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Chapter 6, Page 5, Book 16

Life belongs to the living,
and those who live must
be prepared for changes.


June 5th-  Change

God knows change can make your life richer.  Live for today but hold your hands open to tomorrow.  Anticipate the future and its changes with joy.  There is a seed of God’s love in every event, every circumstance, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself.  Don’t get stuck in a rut or hung up on an outdated blessing.  You serve a God of change!     

Barbara Johnson

Just as the seasons change, so do we. Some changes we can choose, others we do not.  Changes can take courage.  It is the ability to act in spite of feeling insecure or uncertain.  

It seems that most all of us, no matter what our ages, experience moments when sadness becomes joy filled. It can be the point of great triumph over thin odds or a simple change of heart. Our sorrow changes into joy

Things like our positive attitude, perspective change, and faith can turn sorrows into joy. Change is a part of life and a process that cannot be avoided. Some changes are easier to accept than others, but the decisions about how to cope with those changes are ours.

  Whatever sorrow shakes from our hearts, far better things will take their place.

Joy is what gives us the strength and the fortitude to withstand whatever circumstances may come into our lives. Joy takes time. It can be a by product of living a savored life, of having time and taking time to smell the flowers.  Take the time to let the fragrances and aromas of life penetrate to the deepest part of your being, where they can be savored.

Joy also requires our saying yes, to life, to the life we’ve been given, to the hand we’ve been dealt. Probably many of us have woken up one day to discover that the script we’ve been handed in the play of life is not the part we thought we were trying out for.

 It seems to me that joy requires a deep willingness to accept how little of our life is actually within our own control. Life brings arrivals and changes and departures, and that’s life.  To rejoice is to say yes to what is there.

God always has much bigger things in mind than our little circumstances. And even though His ways of accomplishing His will in our lives are not always our ways, His ways are always much better.  In God’s good plan, there is a reason why today is not tomorrow. 

May joy fill your days.

May you be happy.

Remember:  When life knocks you down, you’re in the perfect position to pray!


shortybear said...

bless you dear

Back Porch Writer said...

All good advice!

betty said...

I don't like change, though some is life growing and so true with the seasons, we too should expect change. I have learned that change is something we all will go through and just to trust in God that he will be there to walk us through it.


jack69 said...

This one is a fact of life many folks ignore. When we refuse to change, we open ourselves up to heartache, that is for sure.


this hit a special note with me, "Live for today but hold your hands open to tomorrow."

Mevely317 said...

I'm so loathe to accept change ... much less embrace it! Yes, there have been times in my life I clung to poor circumstances because the "what-if's" rang so loudly.
Great reminders here.

Unknown said...

Hi hon. Few of us like change but I, most of the time don't mind them.
Once in awhile, we're confronted with changes that don't sit well, changes
forced on us because of health issues, like in my case. I may not like having
to make the soon coming change, but know from experience, that the LORD always
makes masterpieces out of our messes, even those we have no control over, or
are mot responsible for. It isn't the trial that is so hard, but our reaction to it.
I know that like the rest of us, you've had your share of difficult and painful times. But it is obvious that you let them change you for the better- allowed them do do their work, which is what has made you such a wonderful person. People who have gone through a lot, I find, are usually the most understanding, the most patient and kind.

I always enjoy reading what you write. Though I am not doing well in some areas, I am hoping I will be able to post more often.

Take care of yourself. You're such a blessing.
Love you much.