Change is a part of a woman’s DNA.  We change jobs, homes, cities, cars, fashion, diapers, and even best friends.  We change our hair color, hairstyle, and hair length, but we will not change our stylist.  We change wallpaper, paint, flooring, kitchens, bedrooms, and furniture placement.  And there is always the change all women experience.  We are people of change!

However, sometimes we dig in our heels and refuse to change when it’s the most important thing for us to do.  Letting go of a stage of life or circumstance can be very hard.  Letting go of bad memories can be even harder.  Is there a change you’ve been dreading or avoiding?

Here is a tip on entering a period of change with anticipation instead of dread.

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Isaiah 43 is a ‘new chapter’ of promise and hope in the lives of the Israelites.  They are being reminded of God’s former promises and faithfulness.  God is encouraging them to trust Him once again, not to remain in their circumstance or continue in their stubborn ways.  He says change is coming, even if you don’t want it or understand it, but I (god) am in it!

So how do you handle your ‘change’, whatever it may mean for you?

Accept its reality.  Stop looking back at how things were, either the good or the bad of your past.  Believe God did not cause your dilemma, that He loves you (He really does, even if you don’t feel it).  If you follow God’s lead, He will help you through this difficult time of change.  you may be fearful of what’s ahead, wondering if you will be taken care of, if you’ll be safe, or if you’re making the right decision (especially if you are a single woman making this decision alone).  This scripture says God knows about the change, He is going before you to make a way, and He will provide for you there.    

Does your change involve letting go of a child, allowing him to mature and make his own choices?  If it’s a rebellious child, pray hard; if it’s a successful child heading off to college, celebrate rather than grieve!  Maybe it’s time for you to move towards the next stage of your own life or marriage.  Are you losing a job or a home?  Quit looking back!  Worry and procrastination won’t change the inevitable.  If you must move, do so with a good attitude.  If you’ve been grieving and know it’s time to begin your new life’s journey, take it one step at a time.  Ladies, I know we like to feel secure and safe and in control; but maybe it’s time to give control back to God and trust in Him.  If you are facing change, God is facing it with you.  He will open doors of favor and provide when it seems impossible!  “I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”.  You are not alone my friends.

It wasn’t long ago I had a really good job, working with people I loved, doing something that was fulfilling, living in a home I thought would be forever.  Then God spoke, “A new thing is coming”.  I didn’t know what it meant, but I listened, I prayed, I waited.  When God finally said now is the time for change, I was afraid.  It meant leaving everything and everyone I knew, the security of a good job with benefits, and the home I knew God had provided for me.  I didn’t understand, but I knew without a doubt I was to make this change.  It’s been a difficult change, but filled with more blessing than I could have imagined.  I have felt safe and secure even though I’ve had no financial security.  God has provided in the wasteland!  I know another change is coming, I’m sure it won’t be easy, but I’m so excited to see what God is going to do this time, because I trust in Him!

A new thing is ahead!  You may not see it, but it’s coming.  You may not want it and it’s probably going to be difficult, but it’s still coming.  Instead of looking at it with dread, think of the new possibilities, new opportunities and new adventures awaiting you!  Ladies, it’s time for us to face change with optimism because God is with us.