Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thankful Thursday - Change

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”

This week’s Thankful Thursday is about change. What an appropriate subject for me considering the past several months have all been about changes in the lives of my family and me. To read about some of those changes see my Journey of Changes.

The above verse is so comforting to me. These past few months I have had to deal with “government employees”; whether it is local, state, or federal. Let’s face it, they certainly do not always “do what they say” they will do! So even though I have been pulling my hair out at times dealing with these people, I find comfort in the fact that God is not at all like man; He NEVER lies; He is not wishy washy changing His mind at whim. His Word is Truth. What He says He will do. He has and will fulfill every promise! Praise the Lord!

At the same time we know that change can be a good thing too. Just as physically a baby/child is to change/grow, so are we spiritually. This type of change is a good thing. From the moment we trust Christ as our Savior we should continually be growing in Christ until the day of His return. I am so thankful that the Lord has given us His Holy Spirit to live within us so that we can grow spiritually and change from our carnal ways.

Our relationship should change as well. The love I have for my husband and family has changed. When I fell in love with my husband I never thought I could love him more than I did at that moment, but praise the Lord it has grown beyond words can describe. Just as when I held my daughter and grandson for the first time, my heart leapt for joy. I had such love in my heart for this tiny little child that God graciously bestowed upon me. Yet, everyday my love for them grows even more. How thankful I am for continual changes in our relationships.

I am even thankful for the changes in my life that have been difficult lessons and trials I have had to endure over the years and months. These changes have been rough, like a diamond in the rough, the polishing can hurt, the cutting away of rough edges that need changing can be difficult to take, but it is necessary for me to be a bright shining jewel in God’s eye worthy of His use.

I am learning how to live on less and yet not go without a true need. I’m learning to appreciate what I have today and not worry about tomorrow. Yes, I have my moments, but I am learning that God remains faithful to His promises and His Word.

I am thankful for the never ending prayers of my faithful friends like you who continue to pray for me and my family. God has truly been answering those prayers. Keep praying! A praise I would like to share right now. I HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE!!!! NOW WE ALL HAVE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. Thank you all for your prayers. Keep praying though. We are on government health care…. We know how that can CHANGE at any time too!

I am thankful too for the change in my husband’s heart. I have not seen such peace in Jim in so long. He really is at peace in his life right now. He loves his job teaching bible; he is blessed by the pastor’s messages at our new church and he enjoys the fellowship of other teachers at the school.

Sometimes when we hear the word CHANGE it is as though someone just scratched their nails on the blackboard. Lately I have learned that Change can be a precious melody from His Heavenly Host.

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He & Me + 3 said...

Michele, this is a wonderful post. I am so glad you got approved and I am so glad that you are seeing God's faithfulness in your lives. He is so good!

Debbie said...

This was a really good post. I too thank God that you got the medical assistance...I love what you said about we think it is like nails on a chalkboard, but it really can be like a heavenly host singing.. WONDERFUL!! Blessings to you, Debbie

Melanie said...

Oh, Michelle... such a great post about change! No, it is not always pleasant, but if we will let God in we will make it thru and we will come out all the better!

Happy Thankful Thursday!

bp said...

Hi Michele, Thank you for sharing about the changes. God is so good, I'm glad you were approved for the medical assistance. Have a good weekend!

Debbie Petras said...

So glad about the medical assistance. And that's special that your hubby is so peaceful despite many uncertainties and changes. The AZ Bloggers are meeting again at Gooseberries but I'm not able to attend this time. I'm sure you will be missed.


Denise said...

Praise God for blessing you with insurance sis, so happy for you. I love you.

Nancie said...

Hi Michele,

Thank God for the wonderful ways He has been guiding you and changing you. I am so thankful to know that you have been approved for medical assistance! Praise God!

Sometimes the changes God works in our lives can indeed be very painful and difficult but it is a comfort to remember that when we are tried, we shall come forth as gold, to the praise and glory of God. May you continue to know God's love and mercies through all the changing scenes in life.

God bless,

Karen said...

What an inspiring post...I especially loved your last paragraph....

i said...

Great to hear the good news, Michele! It's true how often we resist change eventhough they are good for us. Thankfully we have a God of wisdom who knows what is best for us. God bless you!

Unknown said...

Oh Michele,

Sometimes when we hear the word CHANGE it is as though someone just scratched their nails on the blackboard. Lately I have learned that Change can be a precious melody from His Heavenly Host.

I just want to jump up and scream, Praise Jesus.. Awesome post. Love you