This is from the message I shared at our last Praise and Coffee Night. It was a wonderful evening!!! So many women from all over the area coming together…it was beautiful.
Our next Praise and Coffee Night is June 18th at the Plainwell Coffee Mill. ************
We can’t get around it, life changes. Situations that take our comfort away.
Change SHAKES us up!!
Here are some of the things that shaking does:
1. Shaking can bring us down to our foundation. Much like an earthquake- picture people wandering around dazzed and confused among the rubble left by an earthquake. Everything was shaken to it’s foundations. They’re walking around like…where did everything go?
Have you ever felt like that? I’ve been there!
Suddenly, everything that we knew as normal and comfortable has crashed down around us and we are left grasping for something to hold onto.
It’s times like that –that this verse is a life line. Ps 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. 2 So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. 3 Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! NLT
Because we have this promise: Mal 3:6 6 “I the LORD do not change. NIV
Your life may have just crashed around you.
***You may have just found out that your husband is into pornography…or a loved one an alcoholic.
***Your husband may have come home and said…the company is closing I’m out of a job- we may lose the house.
***Whatever the change is…the LORD does not change.
Heb 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” NIV
He Wants to walk you through this-will you let Him??
2. Shaking (caused by change) can also mix us up.
When I bake cookies I bring a whole bunch of ingredients together that…if left alone would not taste very good, but when you mix them all together and bake them- choc chip cookies!
Sometimes shaking (from a change) causes us to mix up with people around us more. It can bring families and old friends together.
Change in our life can greatly affect our circle of friends. Our circle may look quite different after a shaking in our life.
Sometimes the people we thought would be there forever are no more… Anyone ever felt lonely?
I have gone through some changes that left me very lonely.
But, those are the times that my relationship with the Lord became so precious to me. He truly became my All in All during those times.
Goodbye is a necessary life skill.
It may not be forever, but healthy people understand that relationships go through seasons.
3. Sometimes change that brings a shaking exposes the parts of us that we have hidden away- or weren’t even aware were there. Could be a weakness or a treasure.
Just like after an earthquake, people wander around and find people’s belongings exposed. Shaking can expose parts of us that may have been hidden, but are suddenly un-earthed. But- know that if it is un-earthed…it is because the Lord wants it to be.
He wants you to bring that weakness or treasure to Him and ask Him what He wants done with it.
Personally, one of these big changes in my life …took away my identity. Suddenly I was left reeling with the thought “Who AM I??”
Eventually, I realized that the Lord didn’t want my identity wrapped up in what I DID…He wants my identity to be “His child.”
4. One more thing that shaking does is causes us to grab on to something.
What do you run to when life starts shaking and change is happening?
Psalms 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. NIV My heart breaks for those searching for hope and happiness but looking under rocks to find it.
We are far too easily satisfied.
It’s like drinking from a mud puddle when there is a beautiful flowing creek just over the hill, but instead we hang out in the mud puddle. *** Help is not at the bottom of a bottle. *** Help is not “being in a different relationship.” *** Help is not in finding a new hobby. *** Help is not found anywhere but the Lord. How long will it take before we recognize that the God who created us, longs for us, longs to fill us, to give us hope and joy? No one will ever love you like He does. He created you for the pleasure of KNOWING you.
Sometimes we are struggling and miserable because we are trying to ignore His voice. Give it up.
Fall at His feet.
Heb 4:14-16 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. NIV Let go of that thing you’re holding on to… Jonah 2:8 8 “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. NIV
And what if God wants you to change someone’s life? What if you have something that someone else needs and it will be life changing to them?
What if God is shaking you up to raise you up for the plan He has for your life?
What is in your heart? What opportunities have the new changes in your life made for you? Do you have a dream that will change a life? Now may be the time!
Will you be a woman that changes the world? Or at least the world around you?
It might just be time to embrace this change instead of resisting it.
How do you embrace change? By asking yourself; what can I learn from this situation? Asking, how can I use this for Your glory God? Praying…Heal the hurts in my heart Lord, so that I can use this shaking to bring peace to hurting hearts.
That is why Jesus came; to heal our hearts and bring relationship between us and the God who made us.
He loves you more than you could ever imagine! Give your life to Him…bring Him your change and let Him do a mighty work in you!!