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Kristen Strong, author of Back Roads to Belonging and Girl Meets Change, writes as a friend offering meaningful encouragement for each season of life so you can see it with hope instead of worry. She and her US Air Force veteran husband, David, have three children and live in Colorado...

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  1. Kristen, you do have a gift for detoxifying change. We have a big one coming on the horizon–one we did not want or anticipate–so I’m storing the word “slow” in my heart and banking on the faithfulness of God, the Way Maker. (Thank you for the verse from Isaiah!)

  2. Kristen,

    Change is no fun!! I have had a lot of changes over the past 9 years. Dad changed apartments the into assisted living then into hospital (geriatric psych),, nursing homes for rehab. Some changes were rather easy & others required a ton of God’s help to see me through. Like you stated “there’s no obstacle change brings that God does not bring a way through. He is always there waiting to help us navigate this new obstacle. Lysa Terkeurst says in her book: It’s Not Supposed to be This Way: nothing surprises God. No change we go through or disappointment we face is news to Almighty God. Everyone goes through various seasons of life. Each of us takes those changes differently. The only constant similarity is Jesus Christ. There to lend an ear to our pleas & walk us through our valleys. Psalm 23 is a good reminder of His care: “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for though art with me. Thy rod & staff they comfort me. Our great God is always ready to lend comfort & aid to us. We just need to run to Him.

    P.S. Praying for you & your family. You went through a tough fall season with lots of changes. I pray God is healing your hurting souls. Losing a loved one is never easy. May God comfort you all as you walk the new path.

    Blessings 🙂

  3. Kristen,
    Oh how I squirm and resist change. Truth is I love my rut, the familiar, the old slippers that fit my feet just right. Having moved around the country quite a bit and having moved through enough seasons in life, I take great comfort in this verse from Exodus: “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” Exodus 23:20. It is reassuring to know that God sends an angel ahead of me to bring me to a special place that He, God, has prepared. He cares enough to go before me to ready the place to which I’m headed AND He guards me along the way to where I’m going. What comfort to know, that in change, we are never alone. God goes before us. He is with us, and He comes behind to hem us in. What an awesome Abba, Daddy we have. Great way to illustrate a point, Kristen!!
    Blessings friend,
    Bev xx

  4. Change looks manageable from your perspective. Knowing God will always help us find a way through is reassuring.

    Thank you for pointing us forward and showing us that slow and steady wins the race.

  5. Kristen,
    During what’s been a challenging time, that’s been hard to process, this was truly a blessing to read, thank-you for sharing, With the Lord there is nothing we can’t overcome.
    Thus says the Lord who makes a way in the sea, a path in mighty waters.
    Isaiah 43:16-17

  6. This is a reminder for always but particularly right now. Plans that seemed spot on are no longer options, so giving (and receiving) grace during the transition is a reminder that God chose us and loves us through all of it.

  7. You are a true God-send today…my little one that I’ve cared for for 2 years is beginning preschool Monday….and I have an 18 year old graduating high school in May….and my mom just turned 74 and is gradually needing more help…God bless you for these words!

    • Oh Alisha–that’s so much change! I’m praying right now for your mama heart as you move through every stage. You don’t move alone. Sending love, dear one.

  8. Change is so inevitable in this life. Love your advice about not rushing our hearts and souls through the change. How much healthier we would be if we processed and made sense of the change, before rushing to the next change.

  9. What an awesome message! It has taken me 8+ years to reorient my life after being diagnosed with a disease that has no cure and has led me to life in a wheelchair. As the disease progresses I find myself having to make near constant adjustments to the way I live my daily life. I’m the past couple of months, I have had learn how to safely manuever my power wheelchair using my left arm. I have been right side dominant for 69 years. I still need to learn to use my left hand and arm for more tasks, as my right arm strength is very limited. Yet, through all the changes and challenges God has given me just what I needed to make it through 9 hours 5 days a week while my husband was at work. I thank God for the husband he chose for me over 35 years ago, and for helping me to cope with daily life without help until husband retired nearly 30 days ago. Instead of struggling, being angry and frustrated with the changes, I feel blessed to have Jesus walking beside me or carrying me in my weakest times.

  10. One sure thing…. God is always faithful to us… We remind ourselves to PRAISE HIM in ALL things…. Jesus Jesus…. Your name is Holy. Jesus, my Friend, you are with me always, I will not fear nor be discouraged.