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Pocket Devotional: The change has come
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As this year has begun, it seems as if I have so much to do and at the same time many people are experiencing a spirit of brokenness. My creative mind is growing within every second of every day, my husband’s work load increases daily, needing my assistance and my children are growing needing more of my time. Outside of my personal life is my extended family, the ministry and church family. I can’t help but wonder, "what must I do in the midst of so much brokenness?" How can I be available in my life when I have so much to do.

My mind captures Proverbs 3:2-6: "If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."

This scripture speaks volumes to me about treating people with compassion and trusting God to direct your path. It begins pointing out that in order to live a long life and be satisfied in your life, we must cling to being a dependable person as well as a compassionate person. Our expression of being reliable and kindhearted has to become our life style. These aspects have to be our very nature that it is strapped to our neck, deep within our heart. Once we have conquered being a devoted and most compassionate person then we will find favor with not only people but God.

I can’t be a reliable person — someone you can depend on to listen to in your time of need — and turn around and be deficient in being compassionate. If I don’t have loyalty and compassion wrapped up within, then I will lack favor from God and people. Being a person who is tenderhearted towards others and loyal gains us access of having a satisfying long life, favor among God and the people in addition to a good standing reputation.

The scripture continues in saying when we trust God with all our heart and don’t consider trying to figure everything out while seeking in all our plans his will, he is going to direct us on the appropriate path to take. When we go to God and say this is what I know. I need your help Father; how do I execute this? How do I do what you want me to do according to your will in knowing I have all this to do? The Father will direct you in what to do first, next and last.

We have to be available to him and empty our things to do and give him our will allowing his will to take place. Proverbs 16:9 says we can make our plans but it is God who directs them. Planning our day and even the months to come is great, but we must honor the Father and let him direct us. His direction gives us access to carry on.

Life is all about changes. Today someone died and their family is experiencing a sudden change. Today some family had a divorce take place and change is being experienced; today someone lost a job and change is taking place, someone lost a house and change comes about. Today someone was told he has a life threatening illness and his family is experiencing great change. Today a change is taking place in each home, each city, state; all over the world there are changes, but we have to be willing to go to the Father and give him our changes, kneel to him, allow him to direct our ways so we may be sane enough to manage within the change.

When life is most constraining, that is when we must be all so near to the Father. It is through him we are able to get through the hard times. When we feel neglected, when we feel we are not being heard, when we are sick and need a healer, when our marriage is in shambles, when our life is like an ultimate shipwreck, we have to be so close to God so he can keep us in his arms and carry us along the way.

What change is occurring in your life today? Do you feel you have so much to do that you are overwhelmed and bombarded? Are you stepping back from the word of God because of your load? Do you feel overwhelmed? Are you looking to the Father in the midst of your change? Have you had your top management meeting with the Lord? Maybe you are so out of it that you don’t know if you are coming or going. Perhaps so much has changed you don’t even know what normal is anymore? What change has come your way?

Change is a natural part of life but in change it’s a season for each change. Consider not being in rage. Don’t allow the change to alter your focus on the Lord. Call to the Father to cool you off in your time of being sick and tired of being sick and tired. Pray to God to help you manage your emotions. Look to God to give you strength when you feel like "I can’t take any more". Don’t give up the good fight for the Lord is all so near and you are all so dear to His heart.