It’s been a while since I have blogged. There has been a lot going on in the crazy land of Chelsi. I have started back to school full time (yay!), we are in full on soccer season and end of year stuff for my lil baby nugget, And I have been going through some changes in my own personal life.
When we struggle, and things are getting difficult, or life doesn’t feel right, looking to God is the obvious solution. Sometimes we want God to change our situation, or change a person. God gives every person free will, so the only person he is going to change with your permission is you.
As I have been praying about some struggles this past couple of weeks, I have been praying the wrong prayer, even though I knew better. I prayed, “God please make this situation better, God please change…” and what really needed to change was me.
Don’t get me wrong, we can pray for people, we can pray for God to move on the hearts of people, but ultimately the decision to turn to God is up to them. We can pray for strength in situations, but sometimes the solution is for your situation to change. What we can do, is trust God with ALL our heart (Proverbs 3:5) and say the “Change Me” prayer to God. Sometimes change is painful, but God is our healer and he will leave you better than you came. The key is trust.
We had a good discussion about this at Celebrate Recovery last night, and along with our inventory, we talked about what we can do to work on ourselves, and how we can draw near to God by doing that. Rick Warren said it better than I ever could have, and this devo was a God send this morning.
I leave you with the words of Rick Warren, soak it in, think about it draw near to God. Remember, Love God, Love Others, Live Loved!
“Let us examine our ways and turn back to the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:40 MSG)
You can’t change everything. But you can change you.
When your life feels like it’s falling apart, knowing what you can change — and what you can’t change — can make all the difference.
You can’t change your past. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change the gifts and talents God has or hasn’t given you. You can’t change a handicap you’ve been given. You can’t bring back a dead loved one.
You might as well accept all of those things. You’ll start to find peace in the midst of troubles when you accept what you can’t change. Otherwise, you’ll make yourself and the people you love miserable.
There’s much you can’t change, but there’s something important you can change: you.
When Jeremiah’s world was falling apart, he wrote in Lamentations 3:40: “Let us examine our ways and turn back to the Lord” (GNT).
What’s going on in your life that doesn’t line up with what God wants? Depending on how we react, crises can help us as we learn to focus our eyes on what matters: Jesus.
To re-order your life God’s way, it’ll take some gut-level self-evaluation. You’ll need to do an inventory of every area of your life. You’ll need to take a look at your relationship with God, your spouse, your kids, and your co-workers. You’ll need to look at hurts, habits, and hang-ups that may be bringing you down. Nothing can be off limits.
It’s not easy. It can get messy. It’s always tough to turn from sin even when it’s tearing us down.
But you can’t find healing otherwise. Healing apart from repentance can’t last. When your world is falling apart, you’ll be tempted to bemoan every area of your life.
That’s a waste of time. You can’t change everything — but you can change you.
And when your world is falling apart, that can mean everything.