Guest Post: Celebrating Change

By Caroline Gavin

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Celebrating Change

 

 

 

Purposeful Pathway is a haven for faith-based entrepreneurs. It is a journey in which faith and business gracefully intertwine. It is a pathway paved with purpose, peace and passion. The posts provide insights for faith-based business and also inspiration for the spiritual journey. My hope is that, in reading, your businesses will grow and your lives will be enriched. My prayer is that these messages will allow God’s peace, love and joy to pave your purposeful pathways.

 

The theme of this post is celebrating change.

 

An incredibly powerful tool for a purposeful business and purposeful life is the ability to celebrate and embrace change.

 

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)

 

Our Lord, Our God, is constant, eternal, unchanging. He is the Alpha and Omega: omniscient, omnipotent and everlasting. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)  The essence of this created world, however – with every creature, every flower, every leaf, every bird, every rock – is change. We see clearly that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)  Life flows in a constant flux, so resistance to the flow of change inevitably causes conflict. Yielding to and flowing with change, however, leads to peace, hope and eager expectation for the future.

 

When we do not find our joy and peace in the unchanging God, it is easy for us to seek fulfillment through attachment: attachment to things, to people, to relationships, to circumstances. When changes threaten these temporal attachments, we begin to fear; we grow anxious, discouraged and sometimes angry. Yet God created the world in a state of change – with day and night, with summer and winter, with life and death. “My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass.” (Psalm 102:11) The constant movement of daylight and of seasons reflects this natural law and encourages us to embrace the flow of change. God – yes, only God – is the Source of true stability and solidity.

 

When we allow God to fill us, when we invite God to bring us hope, when we embrace His love, we need no attachments. We can proclaim confidently that “He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 62:6)   In doing so, we embrace the changes God allows. We look forward with great anticipation the good things which will come. For we know that “He is the rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)

 

Is there any area in your life in which you are not embracing change? Are you clinging to any attachments? As you travel upon your purposeful pathway, I encourage you to embrace the love of God and celebrate the flow of change. Discover firsthand the liberating paradox: by clinging firmly to the Eternal God and standing firmly on the Rock of Truth, you will flow freely and peacefully with the beautiful currents of time and change.

 

“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.” (2 Samuel 22:31)

 

 

How can you more firmly stand on the Rock to more freely embrace change?

 

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“Blessed is the one

    who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

    or sit in the company of mockers,

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

    and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

    which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

    whatever they do prospers.” ~ Psalm 1:1-3

Behold the trees,

How they grow in majesty;

Come now, My child,

Come listen to Me:

Be like these trees

Firmly rooted in the ground

That no matter what comes

You are safe and sound.

Be rooted in Me,

Abide here in the True Vine,

Remember I am yours,

And you are Mine.

For when you are rooted,

The winds may blow,

Yet strongly you will stand,

Tall you will grow.

When you remain in Me,

And I in you,

You weather the storms

With love pure and true.

When My living water

Nourishes your every root,

Precious and eternal

Is your spiritual fruit.

So come now, My child,

Learn from the trees,

Trust always in Me

That My heart you please.

For then strong you will be,

Taller than trees that tower,

Rich in My grace,

Radiant in My power.

Bear fragrant fruit of joy,

Colorful blossoms of love,

Stretch to the sky,

To the heavens above.

With your head in the clouds,

Your feet on the ground,

Behold My miracles

Abounding all around.

Yea, as you behold the trees,

Remember My majesty;

Come and blossom, My child,

Be rooted in Me.

© 2013 Caroline Gavin

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Caroline Gavinis a Christian Business Coach, Speaker, Author and Radio Host. As a Christian Business Coach and the Founder of Purposeful Pathway, she helps faith-based entrepreneurs pave their vocational paths, live with purpose and walk with God’s way. With years of experience in the financial and real estate industries, Caroline blends her passion for God, her financial expertise and her business acumen to create phenomenal results for her clients. She helps them to attract their own ideal clients, powerfully package services and systematize efforts so they can enjoy fun, fruitful and profitable businesses! Refresh with her poetry and glean practical wisdom from her Biz Tips at www.PurposefulPathway.com. Connect with Caroline on Google+, Facebook and listen to her shows on Purposeful Pathway Radio. Contact her via caroline@purposefulpathway.com for a free Christian Business Coaching Consultation.Also, enjoy a 7-week transformational journey: take the “Journey to Joy” free at www.HowToLiveJoyfully.com. Sign up for the FREE21-Day Attract Clients NOW Challenge!

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7 Responses to Guest Post: Celebrating Change

  1. I celebrate the opportunity to share on your blog, Ann!
    Thank you, my dear sister and friend! 🙂

  2. Caroline, for years my wife and I have prayed for change in her health issues, yet it hasn’t happened. We are ready for that change for sure, but when the change doesn’t come, our struggle is staying encouraged. It’s easy for me to compare our life to others and think why didn’t we get dealt that hand in life, however we do count our blessings and know so many have worse circumstances.

    • amusico says:

      It’s always difficult, Michael, when we don’t see the answer we want to our prayers and to remain encouraged and trust God truly does hear and care – but we know he does. I think we all have some situation in our lives that we have been believing to change and haven’t seen it – yet. I do. But I believe He has a good purpose and will work it all out for our good and His glory.

      • Beautifully expressed, Ann! Such comfort we find in knowing God does truly work all things for good to them that love Him. His abundant blessings to you, my dear friend…

    • Thank you for sharing so candidly, Michael! I am very sorry to read about your wife’s health issues. I agree completely that the struggle is staying encouraged when prayers seem to go unanswered. My heart goes out to both of you in this situation! I agree wholeheartedly with Ann that God only allows what is ultimately for our best. This, of course, does not diminish at all your suffering and your wife’s suffering. I will lift her (and you) in prayer, and I thank you again for sharing your struggles, your perspective and your heart! You are a blessing.

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