Sunday, September 15, 2013

Embrace it!


 
Embrace…
To take or receive gladly or eagerly…

To avail oneself of…

To take in the eye of the mind…

To encircle or enclose..

Change is coming…its right around the corner. It is an invitation to experience something new that may affect your life in a positive way.

Are you ready to embrace it?


“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him. (Daniel 2:20-22)


God is in the business of changing people, and He is ready for us to break camp, let go of the familiar, break some bad habits, and move on! Change is a part of life and requires our willingness to accept it even though it isn’t always easy to do. We tend to get a little too comfortable with our routines, and we rarely deviate from them. But let’s face it; there is nothing in our lives, except God, that remains the same. From time to time we find ourselves in a place of change, and rather than resist or resent it we need to embrace it. God is always looking to take us to a higher level, and He wants us to grow and increase in every area of our life to keep us from getting stuck in a rut.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

When we walk by faith and not by sight, it’s amazing where God will lead us. When we allow Him to use, transform, mold, create, and prepare us…things happen! New things…bigger things…God things!  When we learn to embrace change and accept it as part of our life, we grow and discover new insights about different aspects of our lives. We learn to…

…embrace our passions…embrace the unknown…embrace failures and successes…embrace the mysterious and the adventure…embrace the old; embrace the new…

Specifically, we learn to embrace God’s wonder and His splendor, and His amazing grace! He will turn uncertainties and uncomfortable situations into milestones along our walk with Him. Embracing God’s change today is knowing that He is using it to take us higher to achieve our full potential. We will celebrate what God has done in us when we recognize the positive changes He has wrought in us and we can do it right now with the changes He is making in us, around us, and through us!

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28)

Just because God has blessed us in the place we are today, doesn’t mean we can just settle back and stay in that place. He wants to do something new in us and through us; to grow, succeed, and flourish. Embracing the changes He brings to us, those doors He opens and closes in our lives, are part of His big design. He has great plans for our lives, and even when we are doubtful and scared we need to jump in with both feet, because with Him we will be alright!
 
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30 comments:

  1. My one word for this year is Embrace so I truly enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing!! Blessings to you.

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    1. What a great choice Beth; we have so much of God's wonderful gifts to embrace! :)

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  2. Hi Denise! You are really targeting me today! Changes keep coming and I know I have to stop fighting and questioning and just embrace it all. If I believe that God is in charge, I should stop trying to take it all back from him, right?

    God give me the grace to embrace!

    Good to see you, my friend :)
    Ceil

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    1. Amen Ceil! Blessings to you as you embrace the change! :)

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  3. Amen sis! To everything there is a season, when that season comes embrace it, when it's over...we must let go and move on. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful evening Denise!

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    1. Letting go can be just as difficult~good reminder Michell! Have a joyful week friend!

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  4. WOW such beautiful truth and encouragement. Thank you!

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  5. I use to fight change, but I am learning to embrace it, expecting God to do amazing things through the process. Thanks for sharing this very encouraging post. Blessings!

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    1. I am a slow work in progress sometimes, but I am learning to quit fighting it Barbie! :) Blessings!

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  6. Praise God that we are a new creation in Him! May we embrace Him each day and become more like Him in the process. Beautiful post!

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    1. Amen Laurie! Thanks my friend~blessings!

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  7. Dear Denise,

    A challenging post. With so much change in every area of my life it's tempting to cling to what I know and am comfortable with.

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    1. As it is with me too Susan; I find myself trusting more and more though...I am just a slow learner sometimes...ha!

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  8. Hi Denise, I am embracing more and more of my Heavenly Daddy. Blessings to you dear one.

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    1. And love and blessings to you too Grace!

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  9. Some places we hope to linger but it's important to embrace whatever God is doing in our present moments. Have a great week Denise.

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    1. I hope you week is off to a joyful start Wanda; blessings! :)

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  10. Dear Denise
    Oh, this is so true! Our Pappa truly uses everything that happens to us; the good, the bad and the ugly for our good and ultimately for His glory! This gives me quite a new perspective on trails and those difficult times and happenings.
    Blessing XX
    Mia

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    1. Thanks to our Father for ALL His blessings Mia....isn't it true that everything DOES really always end up a blessing? :) Have a joyful week friend! XXOO

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  11. Hi Denise, hmmm, needed to read this today. I don't much like change! I like routine and security. Well, God lights a fire under that often, lol. My girls are growing up and that results in lots of changes around here. Attitudes and words being the most "interesting" changes going on! Need to be ready for change, to embrace it and greet it head on with "yeah baby - bring it on" Lol
    God bless my precious friend
    Tracy

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    1. Oh yeah; that's the attitude! Keep that in mind as your beautiful girls continue to go through their growing "pains"!! Ha ha! They are such a blessing though, aren't they?? :)

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  12. I love this word EMBRACE and how you have used it different ways. Embrace God's love, and embrace the day and the path he has placed before us. Awesome!

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    1. It does have a lovely ring to it; doesn't it? I have always loved the word too Hazel! Blessings my friend!

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  13. I always love coming by to read your posts... they are FULL of beautiful truth and lovely encouragement!!!

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  14. So encouraging, Denise! Thank you! It is sometimes difficult to embrace change, but remembering that God is in charge and will use change to bring us to a deeper place with Him is something to cling to!

    Have a great day!

    Trusting Him, Joan

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  15. Thank you Denise. Your posts are always so encouraging. Yes, life is about change and it is especially good when we are embracing the transforming power of Jesus Christ in our life.

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  16. Love it, Denise. Goes right along with the name of my blog, Embrace the Struggle. I enjoyed the definitions of embrace at the beginning of the post, especially "to avail oneself of." Let's embrace all that God is bringing our way! With Him in the middle, we can be confident that it will be worth embracing.

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