Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Beauty Of Change


Okay, I know what you’re saying…change can be beautiful? No way. I’m inclined to agree with you. I’ll be the first person to say I am not a fan of change. It can be disruptive and overwhelming to your peace of mind. But in life as in writing, change is inevitable.

So when I recently had an unexpected change occur in my life, I found myself searching for a way to find something good about change. And what I found was not only good, but beautiful.
 
First I thought about the changing seasons. If you live in the north where it snows a bunch, you probably love it when winter changes to spring. My favorite season is the fall. By the end of a long hot Texas summer, fall is a welcoming change in both temperature and scenery.  Good thing…right?

 
Then I thought about change in my family life. I’m a grandmother of three beautiful girls and I can’t imagine my life without them enriching it. Each are special and different in their own way. But if I’d never met my husband, who knows where my life would be. I thank God every day for those blessings.   

 
 
I considered the changes I’ve seen at my church in the years that I’ve attended. We’ve seen pastors come and go. Each brought value to our church. Youth pastors have moved on to serve other churches and members have gone to be with God. My life has been enriched by each of them.    

 
 
 
 
Then I thought about my writing. I’m so happy to be called a Christian writer, but if I’d never taken the chance to enter a Love Inspired writing contest would I still be searching for my place to serve God? Getting my first Love Inspired Suspense contract confirmed what I believe God wanted me to do with my writing.

 
 
 
 
 
So, if you are going through change in your life or your career, take a moment to look back on the changes you’ve gone through so far. I bet you’ll see the fingerprints of God throughout it all.  
While change is always hard and can turn your life upside down, as I’ve looked back on my life, I’ve realized change has always moved me toward good things. And looking at it now, I can see God’s hand through it all.

 

All the best…

 

Mary Alford
www.maryalford.net

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4 comments:

  1. Mary, love your blog post today. Lots of food for thought. Change is always hard, but often it brings such rich blessings, as you mentioned!!!

    So glad you gave LIS a try!!! :)

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  2. Thanks Debby. You're right. Change is hard and as I've learned, it gets harder as you age.

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  3. Change is very hard. Fighting it is even harder.

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  4. Pamela, you're right. It's best to go with it and see where it will lead you.

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