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CHANGE…….what are your first thoughts when you think about that word? About a year or so ago I did a workshop on change for people going through some job upheaval and we agreed that, other than by vending machines and babies with dirty diapers, change is not always welcomed or desired.

Even when the change promises a good result it can still be unsettling and even frightening. Recently I’ve been dealing with some changes of my own and while welcome they are still confusing and rock the boat of security. My husband was in rehab following surgery for almost two months and recently came back home. I love that he is home but also have to readjust and change my way of doing certain things and even the tv shows I watch. I am receiving some help with the business end of the ministry. It promises to yield great results but the process is not always comfortable.

Here at the ministry change is almost a routine part of our world yet each change brings with it new challenges. For example, taking in a new puppy requires devoting space for a crate and creating a routine to take him out and teach him about walking on a leash. Having some stray cats dropped off who just happen to be pregnant means we turn an office into a nursery. Welcoming a new horse means we help him adjust to new surroundings and help our mares adjust to the presence of a gelding who just happens to be much bigger than any of them.

Are you not glad we serve a God who never changes. He keeps His promises. His love never fails or ends. And best of all He knew what was going to happen before we ever did and He had plans for all we are going through and made sure we were equipped with what we needed to deal with it. I think this is why Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses.” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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