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Change is Coming, Always Coming — 26 Comments

    • {{{HUGS}}} Bettie! Right there with you! Maybe when God stirs the soul it makes tears!

  1. Change is challenging, exciting, dreaded at times, and yet inevitable. I loved this post. Thank you for sharing with Grace & Truth Link-up. Blessings, Maree

    • Maree, Exciting – and dreaded! Such opposites and yet so true – and God uses both ends of that spectrum to grow us into good, better, best! Thanks so much for linking up here today! ~ Shalom friend! ~ Maryleigh

    • Yes! God is faithful and unchanging! So glad He is a good! good Father! Oh, Barbara, when those sons were young was, indeed, a beautiful precious time – and yet God grows and changes them, too, to be stronger than we could ever imagine!

  2. They’ll enjoy the stories when they are Dad’s themselves & especially their wives & children will love the stories of them that you hold in your heart Maryleigh! 😉

    My grandchildren love hearing the stories of their Mama’s growing up, often bringing lots of laughter at the funny moments. 😀

    Yes, change is inevitable but I’m so glad God set it up that way for our redemption & new growth 😀
    Beautiful tulips!
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

    • Jennifer, I am so glad God sets it up that way, too! I need to think about the stories to tell to my grandkiddos! Maybe it’s time to bring some of those out! The Tulips are a treat – they’re in Holland, Michingan! Shalom! ~ Maryleigh

  3. Yes, so much change. Always coming. Congrats on your fourth son graduating from college! “Change has been coming since my first breath, since each child’s first breath.” I’m so aware of this since our new little grandson was born last week. The parents are too young to realize just how much change he will bring, but we are old enough to know that it is monumental and that it will never stop!

    • Congratulations, Lisa, on your newest grandson! A little over a year ago, my oldest son adopted a little boy from South Korea. They had two little girls – you’d think being the oldest of 4 brothers, he would have remembered all about little boys. It was a huge adjustment – because the girls never got into anything, but my grandson is quite the adventurer! Change – it has the potential for deep beauty! Shalom! ~ Maryleigh

  4. Maryleigh, this was just beautiful. Change is not something I enjoy and yet, it is so needed in our lives to do the deeper work of transformation. Thank you for the reminder it is always for my good. Blessings!

    • Joanne, I don’t enjoy change either, but I’m learning – kind of like realizing I need to walk through the rain storm so I might as well pull on the galoshes, bundle into the rain jacket, and just push through the storm to the goodness on the other side instead of waiting and angsting about it! Thanks for coming by! Shalom! ~ Maryleigh

  5. This is a beautiful post, Maryleigh, change can be something we dread, but reading your post, makes it feel welcoming and non-threatening! Change allows us to experience more of what God has for us!

    • Donna, I am not a fan of change, especially when things seem to be smooth sailing – but I have learned that there are better things on the other side of God’s kind of change, regardless of the challenge walking through them! Sometimes I need to give myself a pep talk right before throwing myself into the changes coming!

  6. Maryleigh, this is beautiful. And you know it’s thrumming my heart strings. Change is always close. We saw when our kids were littles . . . just when we thought we had them figured out, they changed. Change is a constant reality this side of heaven. I loved this: “I now understand I cannot grow into His goodness without change, the easy and the hard change.” Thanks for this poignant reminder.

    • Jeanne, we learn so much about God through raising children! Why is it change so often comes with uncomfortable circumstances! I guess I wouldn’t want to budge if I were so comfortable! Shalom, friend – Maryleigh

  7. Oh, YES! Change is coming, always has and will! Your changes are far different than mine, yet they still are orchestrated changes, when we allow God to lead us in the ways which we should go. I love you poem along with your poetic nuance within the prose. You are a fine writer, my friend.
    I also absolutely think those tulips are so gorgeous. WOW! The curves of them and the variegated colorings. Just beautiful.
    So glad I came by even late.
    loving you, ~ l

    • Those tulips were a beautiful challenge, Linda! I had to slow down, wait, watch, click after click until I found the best way to reveal their beauty. Yes – our changes are different – our seasons are different – but I think the insecurities, the uncomfortableness in the new things, the need to trust, the need to not take our eyes off Him – the upside down lost feelings that rush over like a wave bigger than we expected – I think we both contend with those in some way. Praying that we both discover excitement and God adventures in these changes – and that we mine the joy within them! So glad you came by, too! Love you, friend! May God’s Shalom overflow! ~ Maryleigh

  8. Maryleigh, hi! With all the change whirling around us, it’s such a comfort to know we are held in the arms of One who never changes. Oh I am so very grateful for His steadfast love …

    • Linda, His steadfast love makes all the difference! Your comment made me think of the scripture, “For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I will help you.'” ~ Isaiah 41:13. I am so glad he holds my hand in the hard places – really in all the places!

  9. My story is not finished – amen! What encouragement! With change comes a new chapter, a new season. But the story continues:) Isn’t that exciting! Congratulations to your graduate!!

    • Jennifer, it is exciting, except for when you want to sit a while in a good place. However, I have learned to recognize the signs – that when I am in a good, comfortable place – that’s when God tells me it’s time to get up and move on to a new place, a better stage in the journey! Thank you for the congratulations! Shalom! ~ Maryleigh

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