How to Thrive in Times of Change


Change can be stressful, and one thing that never changes is change in our life - it’s inevitable.

Family situations, birth, divorce, children leaving home, death, jobs, moving, illness all entail change and there is a grieving process involved in letting go of the past, good or bad.

Transitions are difficult even when we choose them.

Change takes us out of our comfort zone; we like what is familiar, change requires us to let go of the past and embrace the present. It may cause feelings of insecurity, anxiety, stress and a melancholy in a longing for the past.

Change, whether good or bad, can be perceived as negative.

However, God has a plan to bless us, if we trust Him and allow change to happen. God has created seasons in nature and seasons in our lives and they all have a reason and a purpose.

Scripture says-

Eccl.3.1-8

Heb.6.19

Heb.13.8

Jer.29.11

Deut.31.6

Isa. 43.19

Acts 17.26 tells us God predestined where and when we’d live - we are supposed to be here at this time.

How can we accept and cope with change?

Remember, in a world of floating anchors, He offers us a firm anchor. God is good ALL the time, and we will at times wrestle with this and that’s ok.

Take one day at a time.

Accept the situation.

Recognise and accept your feelings, this will help you move through this time more quickly.

Give yourself time.

Share with trustworthy people and get some support.

Actively trust God and pray at all times.

There is a story about a gardener watching a caterpillar struggle for hours to transform into a butterfly. He decides to help the process and cuts the chrysalis open. The wet butterfly slithers out, crawls along the ground and tries to flap its wings and then dies.

What he didn’t know was that in the struggle to come out, fluid is forced from the body of the butterfly into its wings so it could fly.

Struggle is part of the transforming process. We do not understand everything God does, but think on what you do understand and trust Him with the rest.

Some useful websites:

www.nhs.uk

mind.org.uk

sane.org.uk

mindandsoulfoundation.org


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