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God’s Glory in Change

The trees are stretching their branches one last time before autumn’s breeze turns their leaves to shades of gold and carries them away. Sprinklers and Tiki torches are soon to be retired and replaced by rakes and mountainous piles of leaves climbed by little feet. The excitement and anticipation of change is in the air!

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Change, it can not come fast enough for some. For others, it is terrifying. How do you react to change? Do you seek it or run from it? Most of us would admit that we all have areas in our life that we know need to change, but we simply do not know how to pursue it.

The daily demands made upon mothers are enough to exhaust our minds and bodies, so how can we make room for change? We look at and admire people who have found the grace and strength to make the necessary changes to accomplish their God planted purposes, goals, and dreams. We hear the whisper of our own hearts as the Holy Spirit quickens us.

For some, it could be a simple as learning how to spend more quality time with their children. For others, it might be getting their house organized. Whether the goal be physical, like running a 5K or losing 15 pounds, or spiritual, like practicing the presence of God or developing a consistent prayer life. Each goal and each purpose is precious in God’s sight.

The two common threads in people that accomplish great things through change in this world are as follows:

1. They never give up or stop dreaming and imagining. Isn’t is interesting that Jesus said you must become like a little child to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Little children are always dreaming and imaging that they will do great things in their life.

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:2)

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
(Proverbs 24:16a)

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

2. They firmly believe they will succeed.
If the Lord indeed planted these dreams in your heart, then you can rest assured; He is faithful and true to lead you into successful change and victory.

For as a man thinks within himself, so he is. (Proverbs 23:7a)

For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” (Romans 10:11 NASB)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:5-8)

The mind of man plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

Be encouraged! Don’t give up! Hold on to your dreams during the seasons of change. Understand, just as the glory of the Lord is present when summer turns to autumn, He has you in His loving embrace as you seek change for His glory.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
(Romans 8:28)

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The Small Things

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My family has been spending some time relaxing and unwinding at my parent’s lake house. We are so thankful to God for this delightful little cabin in the woods. The first thing everyone notices when they come to this special place is the beauty and grandeur of the scenery. The cabin overlooks beautiful Ft. Gibson Lake. The sunsets are breathtaking. The starry night sky is like an ocean of diamonds. The sounds of nature and soft gentle breezes carry all of one’s burdens away. It is easy to be still here and know that God is God.

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In our homeschooling, we have always enjoyed studying God’s creation on a grand scale. The roaring oceans, the expanding universe, the majestic mountains, these all give testimony to how very BIG our God is. Recently, however, we have been studying God’s Creation on a smaller scale in Chemistry and Physics. I am particularly amazed at God’s creative design of the atom. Isn’t it amazing that our God can create something so small, yet so very important? I believe it is safe to say that the inexpressible ‘smallness’ of God’s creation is just as amazing as the untellable ‘largeness’ of His creation.

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On this trip to our cabin, I have found myself noticing God’s glory in the small things: the delicate way the sunlight shines on a single flower petal, the giggle of a child as he plays in the mud, the strength of a single ant as he carries away a crumb that dropped from my sandwich.

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Seeing God’s Glory in the small things of creation has challenged me to invite Him into the small things of my own life. I think about Brother Lawrence, his life’s story, and his relationship with the Lord. It provokes me to jealousy. The key to His intimate relationship with the Lord was that he surrendered every part of his life to Him, no matter how small or large. He would even wash dishes with such an utter devotion to the Lord that the people around him would experience the glory and holiness of that moment.

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He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:33 NASB)

Yes, it takes time and effort to knead yeast into flour. Even still, once the yeast is kneaded, it takes more time for the dough to rise. I find it interesting that fermentation actually causes matter to break down into a simpler form. To me, the flour is a picture of my life and the leaven is Christ. The Father skillfully kneads my life until even the smallest parts are filled with His Son. It is as if the Lord is breaking me down and causing every part of me, large and small, to know the simplicity of Christ.

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Many homeschooling mothers do not understand the value and importance of their purpose and calling. Small things like laundry, reading lessons, mathematics, and grocery shopping can be holy, intimate moments spent for God’s glory. The parable above shows us that God wants to fill every detail of our lives with His Presence. If the Glory of the Lord can fill even the smallest atom, then how much more the smallest details of our lives?