Fall Brings Change

Ah, the cool fall mornings are finally here. I absolutely love fall. I love when the colors change on the mountains. My mom, who lives in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Colorado, sends me pictures every year to help me feel sane. Plus, in the desert it’s when I finally am able to venture out of the house and enjoy nature once again. Every year with the change of weather, God seems to change things around. Some times with so much change, I feel a bit like a rubber band – stretching as far as I can go feeling as if any moment I may snap. When I feel as if any moment I am going to snap with all of the change coupled with the fear of hurting loved ones because I’m being stretched, God graciously reminds me of His presence through all of this change. He shows me that He was and is and is to come. He is still the Almighty One.

                      “I am the Alpha and the Omega–the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come–the Almighty One.” Rev. 1:8, NLT

Life can feel out of control, but I think that when life gets this way Jesus wants to remind us that our lives really are only out of our control. Instead our lives are perfectly in His control and he promises to use all circumstances to His glory.

                       “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28, NLT

I believe this is why we are given these commands in 1 Thessalonians:

                       “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thes. 5:16-18, NLT

When we are joyful, we are not stewing with worry over what changes we may be walking through. When we are praying, we are acknowledging that God is the supreme ruler of all things. When we are thankful in all circumstances, we acknowledge that God is growing us and stretching us for something greater to be used for Him. I hope we will all be joyful, we will never stop praying, and we will all be thankful in every circumstance as change will inevitably be coming our way over and over again.

Bless you,

Author: Amanda

Amanda works at VCNP in the Vineyard Kids Kids Check. She and her husband, Mark, homeschool their two children. She loves to entertain, cook, bake and read when she's not outdoors hiking mountains or shooting firearms in the desert with her family. She is an avid follower of Christ and loves to worship and dig through scriptures. She can be found most any weekend in the Children's ministry building.

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