Driving in Colorado

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I’ve written much about the transition that my husband and I are currently experiencing. Change and transition are indeed a theme of my days right now.

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Recently I received a note from a good friend who had felt impressed to pray for me. BTW…Can I tell you that I have had several notes from good friends with this message?  I’m thinking that will be another blog post one day. What a gift it is to know God impresses others to pray for you? Humbling, to say the least.
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Anyway…back to the note from my friend. Her words:
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“I know this note may seem to be a little strange, but I was impressed to remind you of something you wrote for August 30 in The Yellow Ribbon Devotional. (Don’t you hate it when your words are said back to you?)
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Seriously, I read them, and they spoke to me and I thanked the Lord for them. Almost immediately I thought of you and your husband and the changes you are going through. I felt like I was to remind you of God’s faithfulness and the wonderful way you wrote it. Here it is:
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‘When we find ourselves in a situation that seems to be overwhelming, that is the time to look to God for help, strength, courage, and guidance. He has promised over and over to help us when we are overwhelmed. In His strength we can step out to do those things that, when we look back, we’re amazed by what we were able to do. We can know it wasn’t anything we did on our own, but rather the grace of God that was at work in and through us. God can help us win battles that seem insurmountable.’”

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I’m so grateful my friend took the time to remind me of my own words. I already have stories of God’s faithfulness during this time of transition, and I know there are more to come.
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Have you had those times when you looked back and were amazed at God’s work during a time you felt overwhelmed? I’d love to hear your stories of God’s faithfulness!
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©Brenda Pace, 2010
I put a dollar in one of those change machines.  Nothing changed.  ~George Carlin
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One thing in life that can be depended upon is that things will change. I recently read that change is fast, but transition is slow. Can I get an amen?
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When my husband began the process of transitioning from the military we both read the classic book on the topic, Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges. Bridges defines transition as “the inner reorganization and self-redefinition that you have to go through in order to incorporate change into your life.”
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Bridges divides change into three stages:
1)   Endings
2)   The Neutral Zone
3)   The New Beginning
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It sounds like double speak, but Bridges points out that any change starts with an ending. Ending in this case does not consist of a final moment, but rather, signifies the beginning of a transition. This period will include emotions that are similar to the stages of grief: denial, shock, anger, frustration, stress, and ambivalence.
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The danger for any transition is getting stuck in the Neutral Zone. It’s easy to hold on to the past because it is familiar and feels safe.

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Consistently looking back at ‘the way it was’ doesn’t help in the process of moving toward a New Beginning; rather, this period needs to be a time of reorientation and letting go. Healthy navigation through the Neutral Zone will propel one toward steps in the New Beginning process. While it may begin with skepticism, the uncertainty can be followed by acceptance, importance, hope and enthusiasm.
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Obviously, the goal in any transition is a New Beginning which “requires an understanding of external signs and inner signals that point the way to the future.” Bridges presents a convincing premise for the necessity of learning how to end things well in order to learn how to have a positive and hopefully, successful beginning.
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True confession: Transitions have always been challenging for me. Thankfully, I have learned that in order to embrace the future, I must provide ample time to grieve the past. It’s been helpful to recognize the stages of the transition I have been experiencing. I am happy to say that it is encouraging to acknowledge a sense of hope and excitement for what is ahead. That is progress!
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Verdict: Recommend–especially if anticipating a major transition
©Brenda Pace, 2010

Good Saturday morning!

Here’s a great quote to begin the weekend…

“The very circumstances, new and peculiar as they are, in which you are placed, God can convert into new and peculiar mercies, yes, into the richest means of grace with which your soul was ever fed. the very void you feel, the very need you deplore, may be God’s way of satiating you with His goodness.”

- Octavius Winslow

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via www.mighty2save.com

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from Free Online Dictionary: tr.v. sa·ti·at·ed, sa·ti·at·ing, sa·ti·ates

1. To satisfy (an appetite or desire) fully.
2. To satisfy to excess.

adj. (-t) Filled to satisfaction.

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May your soul be fed and may YOU be satiated with His goodness today!

I’m headed home tomorrow. It’s been a wonderful trip and season of travel and ministry, but I am eager to be home. I’m eager to discover what life’s next leg of the journey brings. Lots of changes around the corner!

“There is nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.” ~Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

photo via Mighty2Save.com
I’m headed to Kansas today to speak to a group of women on the topic of ‘building your life on the firm foundation of Christ.’  At church Sunday we sang, “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” What a declaration! It’s a great theme to have on my mind and heart.
I found this prayer by A. W. Tozer this morning that affirms the unchanging nature of our good God:
O Christ our Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. As conies* to their rock, so have we run to Thee for safety; as birds from their wanderings, so have we flown to Thee for peace. Chance and change are busy in our little world of nature and men, but in Thee we find no variableness nor shadow of turning. We rest in Thee without fear or doubt and face our tomorrows without anxiety. Amen. ~A. W. Tozer The Knowledge of the Holy
*A rabbit…who knew?