Thank you SO MUCH for all of your prayers, promises and notes to Kim. Her appointment went well and another CT scan was done today. For a detailed update, visit her CaringBridge page at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kimwhisenant
Okay, I’m switching gears and I have some very important questions for you: Have you noticed any changes God has made in your life – recently or in the past? Do you ever doubt that you will change?
Why do I ask? Well, I’m working on my book proposal, outlining the final chapters which are focused on the promise of what is possible when we live beyond the shadows of our doubts and find confidence in Christ!
I need to finish my “I can” chapters and I really, really want your input!!
I’m working on a chapter focused on the promise: I can change. In it, I share that when we become Christians – we become new creations. We live in Christ and Christ lives in us. Because He lives in us through the Holy Spirit, we have the hope of being transformed into His likeness. Therefore, we have hope for change! We don’t have to stay the same.
I think it’s easy to get bogged down in bad habits and day-to-day frustrations with ourselves and what we wish were different. Sometimes I don’t even notice what has changed about me. But God’s been encouraging me to see the difference He’s made in my life and celebrate the changes – even as little as they may seem, even if they only last for a day or a minute.
Like today when my Diet Dr.Pepper fell off the table and exploded in my kitchen – spraying dark brown, sugar-coated foam across the wall, chairs, table and floor. Without Christ, I would have exploded with it! I would have been so mad at myself a for making such a mess and frustrated that it was going to make me late as I tried to get ready to leave town.
But something in me, the Holy Spirit, reminded me that He’s in control and that the fruit of His Spirit in me is joy, patience and self-control. My natural response would have ruined all that fruit!
In that moment, I allowed Christ in me to come alive by submitting to His prompting to simply give myself some grace, get paper towels and wet rags and clean it up. The whole time I smiled and thanked God for the progress He’s made with my “inner control freak” not freaking out so much anymore.
I am also a different wife and mom than I was 10 years ago. I am more content with who I am, and I never thought that would happen. Oh, the list goes on and on.
So, I am wondering…
- What difference has Jesus (in you) made in your life? What changes have you noticed (in your heart or in someone else)?
- If you were describing to a friend the promise and possibility of change because of God’s transforming power available to those who believe, what examples of “hope-for-change” would you share from your own life?
- In what areas do you think women long for change the most?
I don’t want only my story in this book; I want yours! So just in case you need some incentive, I’m going to bribe you :->. I’ll be drawing names from the comments under today’s post, and giving away 2 copies of The Uncommon Woman: Making an Ordinary Life Extraordinary by Susie Larson. One for you and one for a friend. You will both love it!
Ps. Leah and I are driving to Lavonia, Ga for an event tomorrow morning and then to Stony Point, NC for a Mother’s and Others Dinner tomorrow night. Would treasure your prayers for these eventes, the messages, the women coming and all our traveling adventures!
Happy weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all my favorite moms!