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The Key to Navigating Change Well –– Guest Post

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Change is seldom pain-free. Even good changes carry challenges, right? Becoming a parent, for instance, means learning to function on very little sleep. Starting a new job may require moving to a new city. Seeking better health often means changing one’s eating habits.

In contrast, life sometimes deals a blow that requires change beyond the scope of our imagination. COVID-19 falls into that category. Some of the changes you and I are undergoing fall into the category of minor inconvenience. Others are monumental. So, how do we cope? How do we walk this journey when the path before us constantly shifts direction? Our personal circumstances will dictate specific steps we take, but there’s one principle that remains the same for everyone.

With my whole heart, I believe the key to navigating change well lies in where we camp our thoughts. Click To Tweet

With my whole heart, I believe the key to navigating change well lies in where we camp our thoughts. If we linger on the what-ifs, then fear will rule us. If we park on the disappointments, then anger, bitterness, or self-pity will take control. But if we park our minds on truth, then we will walk this journey with maturity and grace.

So—what’s the truth? God still loves us. He always has our best interest in mind, and nothing can touch us that He does not allow. Click To Tweet

For me, COVID-19 has been and continues to be an opportunity to walk out what I teach—that understanding God’s love helps us get through the challenges we face when everything familiar shifts. With that in mind, here are three truths to help keep us grounded and secure as we try to understand what our new normal might look like.

  • God’s love will calm our fears.

Freedom from fear comes when we remember that God’s presence is with us through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Click To Tweet He will teach us, guide us, and comfort us through the disruptions we’re facing. It also helps to remember that God delights in us and rejoices over us, therefore He would never do anything designed to destroy us. We can rest in His care like a newborn rests in her mother’s arms.

Quote pulled from post“For the Lord your God is living among you.  He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)

  • God’s love is stronger than any force seen or unseen.

COVID-19 has upended our world, but this crisis doesn’t mean God loves us less. No matter what the future holds, He holds us close to His heart. Nothing—absolutely nothing—can separate us from His love. He’s got our backs as we navigate the changes thrust on us.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NLT)

  • God’s love gives us the ability to rejoice in every situation.

We certainly don’t rejoice in COVID-19 and the way it’s wreaking havoc. But we do rejoice in knowing that God’s love will never let us go. We rejoice in His provision and protection. We rejoice in opportunities to connect with friends and family via technology. And we rejoice in knowing He will use this difficult season to deepen our faith and make us more like Jesus.

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Romans 5:3-5 NLT)

When the enemy tries to fill your mind with anxious thoughts, fight back with these three truths about God’s love. Write out the three Scriptures and post them in an obvious place. Keep your mind fixed on them, ask God to make them a living reality in your life, and you will navigate these changes well.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Get to know Grace!

Grace Fox's headshotGrace Fox is a career global worker and the author of nine books including Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. She’s a member of the “First 5” Bible study writing team for Proverbs 31 Ministries and a regular contributor to Guideposts’ annual devotional, Mornings With Jesus.

Grace and her husband Gene co-direct International Messengers Canada, a sending agency with career missionaries in 28 countries. She leads short-term mission teams to Eastern Europe annually, trains nationals for career ministry in the Middle East, and provides missionary care.

Grace lives aboard a sailboat in Vancouver, British Columbia. Married in 1982, she and Gene celebrate three grown kids and nine grandchildren.

Learn more about Grace on her website and connect with her on Facebook.

Moving From Fear to Freedom: A woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation:

From Fear to Freedom CoverFears, if left unchecked, can tie us in knots and hinder us from enjoying life and becoming who God intended us to be. Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation identifies common fears women face and then provides practical solutions for overcoming them using real-life stories and biblical truth. Discover how to experience peace while facing an unknown future, accept the exciting assignments God has for you, say goodbye to the ghosts of your past, and more. (Harvest House Publishers)

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Two Fun Ways to Connect!

Join us for two fun, faith-bolstering events we have coming up.

Prayer and praise inviteThis coming Friday at 7pm CST, singer and songwriter Kylie Odetta will be joining Wholly Loved’s prayer leader Yuki Johnson for a special time of prayer and praise, live streamed into our private Facebook group. Have you joined our group yet? If not, pop on over! It’s a great place to connect with other women, share your struggles, celebrations, and prayer requests, and build relationships with other women. You can find us HERE. Already a member? Why not start a watch party with your friends? We’re certain they’ll thank you for it! Kylie has a powerful message of freedom to share!

Get to know Kylie!

Indie/Soul Singer-Songwriter, Kylie Odetta, is lighting a fire within the underground music scene. With music that is headshot for singer Kylie Odettapowerful, dreamy, and full of passion she uses the piano & raspy vocals to draw you in. By incorporating elements of studio magic yet keeping the instruments organic, her music will take you on a mellow but all-inspiring journey. Kylie has been called an old soul and penned over 200 songs. Her southern roots make for a unique twist in her vocal character as she emits an iconic sound that is both refreshing and original and emotional. You might call her an indie artist but with hints of jazz, soul and pop influences.

Kylie O has become a seasoned performer as she has carried the big stage solo having had the opportunity to open for music artists Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Callait, Mat Kearney, Austin Mahone and Kelly Pickler as well as 100’s of her own shows. Kylie is on a mission to share her music with others and truly connect with people through the lyrics. She notes that people and everyday life and the emotions that we all feel inspire her. “My goal is to create art that moves people deep inside their souls, brings love to light, & enhances the beauty and power of emotion”. (Kylie Odetta)

Kylie is proud to be a Kurzweil Endorsed Keyboard Artist!

Check out how God helped her battle against debilitating anxiety.


 

Online Book Discussion: Breaking the Fear Cycle

book discussion invite imageStarting a week from today, we’re launching our online book discussion on Maria Furlough’s Breaking the Fear Cycle. We’ll be meeting via Zoom (find the meeting invite HERE) and also live streaming our discussion to our private Facebook group. You can join us in either places or both.

About the book:

It seems there is more to fear now than ever, but fear and anxiety are nothing new to human beings–or to God. The Bible calls us to not be afraid on many occasions, and of course we all want to live without fear. But just how is that accomplished when every news item seems designed to get us wringing our hands?

Using her own story as a catalyst, Maria Furlough shows readers how to overcome fear for good. She calls readers to make a list of their fears, to choose to bring those fears to God rather than acting on them, and to trust God with the future. She shows how when we give God full control over our lives, choosing his sovereignty over our own ability, we can break the cycle of fear, grow through suffering, and trust God to fulfill his promises of protection and peace.

Anyone who is filled with anxiety over their personal circumstances, the state of the world today, or even their fear-clogged social media feeds will welcome this hands-on journey from fear to freedom.

Get to know Megan HERE.