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Thursday, August 14 2014



When my daughters were 10 and 6, we had a situation come up that required a last minute trip to Texas.  We announced to the girls at 5:00 p.m. that we were flying to Texas the next day! Our 10 year old said, “No, we are not, I need more time”, and our 6 year old shouted, “YAY” and ran to pack her bags!!!


Change…whether it's good or bad change evokes a response. Our human response tends to be just like one of my daughters’ reactions. Or perhaps you are like me, and sometimes react impulsively, but THEN think about things later. If that’s the case, then it’s more like “YAY, let’s go”, and then ten steps into the journey it’s “Uh oh, what have I done?”


Whichever way you react, change is usually hard. I hear in my office almost every day resistance to change... “I’m used to it”; “I’ve been like this all my life”; or “I am afraid of what it will be like”. 

I think the Lord knew that most of us would have difficulty with change. Perhaps that’s why He created the world in seven days and then has things grow and change in the process, so we are able to adapt more easily to change? Most change is imperceptible, like our kids growing in height or a flower from a seed to a bloom. Most of the time it is slow and steady, but other times it comes in spurts.


It is the out of the blue, out of control, life-changing experiences we tend to resist or try to protect from. 


Yet, don’t we all want change? We barely can wait in line anymore, or for a green light to change without getting antsy. Often we cry out “How come Lord you haven’t answered this prayer?”


Perhaps the real problem is that we only want change on our terms? Perhaps it’s less about not liking change, and more about not liking being out of control? We like the driver’s seat!


Whatever way you look at it, change is inevitable. And it is usually for good.  Even if we don’t see it that way, God promises to use it for good, if we will cooperate with Him. Change is part of His plan.



So we have a choice to make. We can either...Join in with God and what He is doing or wants to do in our lives, OR we can dig in our heels and resist and do it our way.


It all boils down to whom we trust…Do we trust ourselves or another human being? Do we trust our circumstances or our money? What do we put our trust in? 


OR are we trusting that our loving, sovereign God is in control and in charge of our lives like a good Daddy?If so, we can rest in the changes and cooperate with God. Then we will be able to declare like the lyrics from the popular Broadway play  “Wicked”………..


“Who can say if I've been 
changed for the better?


I do believe I have been 
changed for the better


Because I knew you...

Because I knew you...

Because I knew you...

I have been changed...

For good”


Isn’t that the truth! Change IS for good!


Posted by: Angel H Davis AT 09:05 am   |  Permalink   |  Email

Benefits of Weariness


WOW! How weary I am. And so are many of you. I know because I hear your cries: in my office, on the phone, online, in church, at the grocery store, you name it! So much of what I hear from people today is about how tired, weary, and worn-out they feel.

Then again, you may not feel weary;  instead you may feel anxious, depressed, scared, lonely, angry, or any mixture of these emotions. Perhaps these are more your prominent feelings.


However you may feel, it’s too easy to look for the source or to find blame: social media; busy schedules; technology; work/family demands; the causes are endless. Of course, these have validity, and we can certainly manage them in more appropriate and successful ways.


Yet, as I sit with God today, in my quiet time, and look over my journals, what I see is the benefit of weariness—the benefit of our broken feelings and situations.

 I see, time and time again, over the years (yes, I am rebellious and slow-learning, and God is very, very patient), God working in me and through me, enabling me to receive His antidote to this tough life and all of its problems. 


It is so simple; and yet it is so hard.


It is HIM: Jesus; always more of Him.


“But,” you say, “Angel, I have to know what to do with my children,” or, “Angel, these bills are piling up,” or, “Angel, you don’t have a CLUE of how bad it really is.”


And I will say, “You are right, I don’t. And you are correct, these things need to be taken care of.” 


BUT FIRST, we have a larger need. Oh, the catch is it doesn’t appear like the larger need. Our core need, before bills, children, purpose in life, change in our feelings, is to be convinced, truly convinced and accepting of God’s love for us and our identity as His children.


And your heart and head may rebel like mine did.


“BUT, I need to know the answer to my problem.” 

And Jesus says:

“I am the answer.”

“I am so tired.”

And Jesus says:

“I know. Let me restore you.”

“I am afraid.”

And Jesus says:

“I know, and my love will take care of that.”


That just doesn’t seem like much; doesn’t seem like enough, when we are about to be evicted or our kids are in harm’s way. That support just doesn’t seem practical enough for our human brains to rest on.


Perhaps then we’ve hit on the real source or problem of our weariness: ourselves. You and me believing that if we work hard enough, try enough, worry enough, take enough time to figure it out, talk enough to that person, ignore it long enough—whatever your “enough” is—WE can fix it. The true problem is that it’s all about US!


We want to stay in the driver’s seat and be our own savior. Or we look to other humans to be that for us. If we believe our answer lies in us or other humans, we are likely to stay in that “out of control” anxious space, and the weariness or depression or addictions are bound to take over. There can only be one driver in our car of life.


The benefit of our struggle is to be wooed into the true solution. Life’s struggles are an invitation to know God more intimately. As we allow Jesus, who is ALIVE, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, to become more real for us, more tangible, as we take Him at His word (Hebrews 13:5), as we choose to focus on Him and His promises, instead of the problems or feelings we are having, then we start to experience the reality of His presence with us.  With this, we begin to experience the peace He promises.

Why? Because our problems have been solved? The bills have all been paid? The feelings change?

NO…  peace comes from HIS presence. And in that place of peace we can see clearer, hear more accurately, and receive wisdom and direction.


As we “bend our knee” to Jesus’ love, dare to take Him at His word (John 3:16), choose to look to Him and depend on Him, and keep (John 17) depending on Him, then His life-blood starts to flow through us. It revives us, directs us, and transforms our thinking and feelings. Then life and all of its troubles, which are many (John 16:33), become manageable, doable.


Breath comes; rest comes; peace comes.


In this place new life springs forth. New ideas emerge and joy is eventually restored.


Struggling today? Rejoice in it, because it is calling you back home. Home to His heart of love (Romans 8:38-39), the place of true peace and rest. 

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