Have you asked God to show what this year is all about? How has God responded to you? Or have you asked yourself how you should change this year? How have you responded to that?
Too often we try to run our lives without consulting God. We try to decide ourselves what needs to be done and then we proceed to change ourselves according to our plans. And we forget God out of the equation.
When God is not part of our plans, our life is not in balance. When we live our lives according to our own plans, we are missing the essential. When God is not in charge, we are on the wrong path.
Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance]. (Proverbs 16:3, AMP)
It’s not wrong to want change in our lives. We just need to submit our desires and plans to God. Self-help forces change, God enables graceful change. Also note that self-help is not lasting, graceful change is.
We truly need divine help to change.
Blessedly, it is readily available.
It’s called grace.
With the words of Martin Luther: “This grace of God is a very great, strong, mighty and active thing. It does not lie asleep in the soul. Grace hears, leads, drives, draws, changes, works all in man, and lets itself be distinctly felt and experienced. It is hidden, but its works are evident.”
If you haven’t yet asked God for his plans for you, go right ahead. That’s the best place to start, graceful changes are on the way. God will show you the way and he will sustain you all the way. When you live in grace, all is well. When God is the master planner of your life, you are on the right path all the days of your life.
Thank you for wanting to be the master planner of my life.
Thank you for enabling graceful changes according to your plan.
Become my everything, Lord.
Guide me, light my path.
Make me an instrument in your work.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you force changes or are you all for graceful change?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace God’s plan for you this year and always!
Image courtesy of Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Small Wonders.
6 thoughts on “Graceful Change”
I put so much emphasis on my little planner – the calendar where I write my schedule. Your words have put my eyes – much more appropriately – on The Planner who shapes my days and knows the future. This is such a gift!
Wonderful! Being in charge make us feel comfortable and that’s why we tend to do that. But feelings can be misleading. Turning to God in prayer is always the best place to start no matter how experienced we get. Thanks, Michele! Bountiful Blessings!
So glad that we have God as our Master Planner so we don’t have to do it all ourselves. What a mess I would make on my own! “Self-help forces change, God enables graceful change.” Amen. Happy New Year, Mari-Anna!
Yes, we are blessed that way. Thanks, Lisa! Happy New Year! Stay blessed!
“We truly need help to change” Thats a really helpful concept for me – in recent years I’ve been drawn to the concept of “deliverance,” there are some areas of my life – internally and externally – where I simply rely on the intervening deliverance of God which, as you say is also “grace.” Happy New Year – Mari-Anna!
Good for you, Kelly! God is ready to help us 24/7! Let’s lean on Him! Thanks so much for commenting. Happy New Year to you too! Stay blessed 0n 2016!