Sunday, September 13, 2015

When Girl Meets Change (no, this isn't about your body)

oh, Change.

I hate that word. I really do.

To me, it means that something is coming that I don't like.

I've never dealt with change well.

For the longest time, I didn't know how to properly handle it.

I mean, I loved change when it was my idea. But, I hated it when it wasn't.

And that's how I've lived for the past 21 years.

I knew I needed help because Change and I are Frenemies. (seriously. take this quiz to see what your relationship with change looks like!)

I mean, how am I supposed to accept and believe that change is good? 

I came to realize that Change will always happen.

I can't stop it; I can only accept it, believe it is for my good and His glory, and then live through it.

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Sometime in June, I saw a tweet about becoming a part of Kristen Strong's launch team for her new book, Girl Meets Change.

I applied and was accepted!

To say I was overjoyed, is an understatement. I really thought this book would be perfect for me in my current season of life. I even tweeted that to her.

When I received my Advanced Reader's copy of the book in the mail, I decided to save it and read it on the plane to Oregon.

Big mistake.

I couldn't even get through the Introduction without crying. Seriously.

Just listen to the last paragraph in the Introduction.

"All I know is that the Giver of all good things wouldn't allow you to be in your current environment today unless it brings you to a better tomorrow. If something is happening that you never fathomed–then God is working out something unfathomably good for you and in you. You may not be able to fill in all the puzzle pieces or connect all the dots, but together we can trust God with the parts we don't see. Together, we can trust God to turn our feelings of hope gone to hope dawn. Together, we can believe that if he's asking us to plant a stake in new ground, he wants us to pack the same promise he gave to Abram: 

"I will bless you."'

Y'all, change is hard sometimes.

But, as I cried my way read through the book, I learned that it doesn't have to be that way.

I mean, change will be hard, but there is a way to thrive through it.

"When we combine our prayers with Scripture, we hold a concoction that not only fights off the hand-wringing but blows the enemy right off the map."

"The more we live in Christ, the more we not only better thrive amidst unlovely people but better thrive amidst un-lovely, changing circumstances too. Both Joseph and Esther lived this. We can imitate Joseph by trusting God and loving the people in our circle of influence where we can, when we can. We can imitate Esther by trusting God to hold us close even as we walk far outside our comfort zones." 

I highly recommend this book if you're experiencing change in your life.

I can honestly take the truths I learned through this book and apply them to my life.

The book debuts on Tuesday, September 15th but you can pre-order it here!

{Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated to write this post. I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and promotion on social media.}

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