Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 18, 2016

Seeking Change

apr 18“The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.” Psalm 34:22 (ESV)

Change – wow – that’s a conversation starter.  As women we embrace, endure and struggle through many changes.  Some we like and some we don’t. Change has a funny way of reinventing us and let’s just admit it – we like us just the way we are.

Wonder why we forego our “unchanged” mindset for us and yet require it of others?

It’s easy to target change we desire in the lives of those we do life with. We get so enmeshed in what we want to see changed: behaviors we want transformed, comments we want censored and appearances we want altered.  And if we are not careful, our prayers will zero in on our “wish list” of how someone needs to be reinvented. Wonder what would happen if instead of listing change, we left it up to Jesus?  What if we turned our “want your behavior this way request” into “want you to know and love Jesus more?”  Isn’t that where change really starts?

Sweet reminder to self  – only Jesus can really change a heart.  And the cool thing is He doesn’t need my input.  We can trust Jesus with the lives of those we love.  We can let go of our burden to save, redeem, restore and reinvent when we release them to Jesus.  Now, don’t misunderstand – I’m definitely not advocating giving up or foregoing specific prayers.  I’m simply considering where lasting change evolves – at the feet of Jesus.  When we exchange our list and focus on Jesus’ agenda, we move out of the way so He can do the work.

Not easy for moms when they long for a prodigal to return.  Not simple to say for wives who dream of a husband who would follow after God’s heart.  Doesn’t seem doable for the one whose wounds run deep.  But exactly where we need to be – focusing in on their relationship with Jesus rather than nitpicking their outward mess.  Grace spilled over invites return – coming home – changing lives to be more and more like Jesus.

“Father, we get so in the way of what You are doing.  Help us to let go, release others into Your capable hands and faithfully pray that they return to You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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