My Grace-Full Life

8.9.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Change


PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Say, “Buh-Bye, Pink!” Today is the last day for the My Grace-Full Life pink logo. For the last week, a new logo with color options has been posted on the MGFL Facebook page for voting. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow, but pretty much know which one it’s going to be.
Several have been kind enough to say they like the old logo. I appreciate that, but I’m revamping the website too and it’s a good time to re-do the logo.
Change is always hard. It’s just a logo, and as much as I’m ready to change it up, it is a little sad.
My Grace-Full Life may be a very small blog compared to others, but the Holy Spirit has used it ways I never imagined. I created the blog in November 2016 to practice faith-based writing because I was starting a MGFL column in Forsyth Family magazine. In March 2017, I decided to take on the ambitious challenge of a 30-day prayer prompt series. Then, it kept going. It will be three years of daily prayer prompts in 2020.
All credit goes to the Holy Spirit because He has been driving this project. It’s very seldom that I wake up with any idea of what I’m going to write about, and some days, I feel like I’m rambling. But He has enabled me to write even on some of my darkest days, including the day my grandmother died and when my son was in intensive care.
As a fairly reflective person, I’ve spent a lot of time this week thinking about the MGFL journey. And of course, who can think of time and Scripture without turning to Ecclesiastes or humming the tune by The Byrds?
Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”
Change is inevitable and God ordained it from the moment of creation with the creation of day and night and the seasons throughout the year. Despite the idea of change being change, it’s kind of predictable. We know it’s coming, even if we don’t know what it is. But this passage of Scripture, which inspired a 1965 rock classic, is full of wisdom about seasons and change. It’s a comforting passage to turn to when we’re facing new seasons—including those changes that are welcome as well as those that are not so welcome.
Let’s hone in on the word, “purpose.” A common word we use all the time—a reason, an intention, an objective.
In anything we do, God’s purpose will prevail. He’s with us through the changes and seasons because every change and season leads to His ultimate plan. While He never condones sin or evil, God will use even the worst situations to accomplish His ultimate purpose.
So, when we think of change and “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” we can rest in the promise that God has everything under control. He will use everything accordingly… from a sickness to a diagnosis to a new job to a new relationship to something as simple as a new logo. Let Him have the wheel for all the change you meet and watch Him use it for His glorious purpose.
Today, as you pray, thank God that no matter how much changes in our world, He never changes. He knows everything that’s happened and everything that will happen. Thank Him that change is never s surprise to Him and that He always uses it for His purpose which is good. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you embrace change as a part of God’s plan. Ask for the wisdom to understand that even when you don’t know the reason for the change, God does.

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