When September and October arrive, the apples ripen, leaves begin to change color, the sun sets sooner and the air is deliciously cooler. I feel autumn in the air and joyfully welcome the change of season.
Just like my garden trees, our lives are constantly changing. We experience different seasons emotionally, physically and spiritually. Change can be sudden and extreme, or it can come gradually with time. One thing is for sure: change will absolutely come!
It might arrive as a welcome break from the demanding cares of life or an unexpected challenge. Most of us are familiar with the saying, “When it rains, it pours!” Sometimes difficult situations can happen with several events hitting all at once! It takes a strong heart to withstand these things that can “change” life so quickly!
“Yet man is born to trouble, as sure as sparks fly upward,” Job 5:7.
Thankfully there is a great and helpful solution for troubling thoughts and strained circumstances. Practicing the very real presence of God through prayer, reading the word and worshipping Him change our thoughts!
Though our circumstances may not change immediately, our ability to endure and our hearts can be changed. It happens in the realm of the spirit — where our mind, our will and our emotions function — prayer and the presence of the LORD change everything!
Practicing His presence and allowing His thoughts to overshadow ours is very healing and freeing!
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope,” Jeremiah 29:11.
Change is inevitable, but how we respond to the changing seasons of our lives is ultimately our decision and our choice!
“So let’s not grow weary of doing good, for in the right season we will reap rewards, if we do not give up,” Galatians 6:9.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.