Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thankful Thursday ~ Change


It's Thankful Thursday. When I checked host Iris' blog Grace Alone to find out what this week's Thankful Thursday theme was my immediate reaction was ..."OH, NO".

You see, the theme is CHANGE. And I have to admit something ...I hate change.

This is my natural reaction to change. And yes, I know this painting was done by a Norwegian artist. Hmm ...are other Norwegians like me?

  • I prefer my life to be ordered.
  • I like to anticipate and prepare for my week in advance.
  • I make lists.
  • I set goals.
Now, my sanguine/peaceful personality may not be naturally organized but I've found it helps me to stay focused. But I guess the peaceful part of me likes things to stay the same. I seem to crave stability so when unplanned changes occur, I don't like it.

So, how am I going to be honest and write about how I can be thankful for change? Well, here goes:

  • I am thankful that I keep a journal so I can look back and remember seasons in my life that were changing and uncertain and ...I actually survived and was better for it.
  • I am thankful for family and friends that sometimes hold my hand and offer words of encouragement, love and prayer when life seems uncertain.
  • I am thankful for the prayers and encouragement of blogging friends who I've never met face to face.
  • I am thankful for my relationship with God who has a good plan and purpose for my life, even when I don't understand.
  • I am thankful for my husband who has been helping me to see the future as a new adventure instead of something to dread.
  • I am thankful for books. I love to read and I picked up a book on my shelf the other day called "The Prayer that Changes Everything" by Stormie Omartian. Now, I've read this before but as I flipped through the pages I came across a chapter about difficult times.
Here's a quote:

"Every time you walk through a difficult time and maintain an attitude of praise and worship before God, you will find your faith, patience, and love becoming stronger, more established, and more settled. That is the hidden power of praise working in your life."

What a great way to deal with change.

  • I will make the choice to praise God in the midst of difficult times.
  • I will make the choice to worship God in the midst of changes that I may not understand.

How about you? Are you thankful for change? Do you have any examples of changes that turned out to be good?

I hope you will link to other Thankful Thursday blog posts and be encouraged.

10 comments:

  1. I praise God for change, be sweetly blessed dear one.

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  2. Ha, I rarely pay attention to the theme -- oops! Am I in rebellion without knowing it? Hmmmm.

    Anyway, I'm with you! Change can be frightening sometimes, but it normally is for our best. God is always doing a new thing -- nothing stagnant with Him. \o/

    Bless you dear Debbie!
    Beth

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  3. I enjoyed your art work. And glad to hear you can keep on track.Do not be afraid of change as some adds jest to our life.

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  4. I have that book, it is excellent!! I too dislike change. Hugs.

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  5. Praising God for change, too. I'm resistant to it on some things - my attitude is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", but God's changes are always for our best! Happy Thankful Thursday. Loved your post.

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  6. I've not read the book you mentioned. I have read others by her though and they're so good.

    Happy TT to you! Have a good day!

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  7. I usually go kicking and screeming when it comes to change. I wish I were more organized.

    Happy Thankful Thursday
    June

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  8. Actually, we don't have to follow the theme - it's just what Iris feels like writing about, but it's funny the number of people that actually think its the theme. Sometimes I use her idea, sometimes I don't. Either way, I'm always thankful about what's going on in my life.

    Thank you for sharing your heart and about Stormie's book.

    Have a blessed weekend.

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  9. Hi Debbie,

    I am thankful that I keep a journal so I can look back and remember seasons in my life that were changing and uncertain and ...I actually survived and was better for it....

    Girl, Amen..Amen... Amen..

    I KNOW you are in the midst of big changes and you should know that I am by your side praying. Deb, the Lord is in this some how. I just know He has your best intersts at heart. Sending you a GIANT HUG today. Have a fantastic weekend. Hugs, me

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  10. PS. the photo of the Norwegian.... hilarious. I sure relate.

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