Dealing with Change

January 18, 2011

Can you pinpoint an exact moment in time when your life changed?

Maybe for some of you, it’s the day you got married. Or maybe it’s the day your first child was born, or the day someone you loved dearly passed away.

It’s as if your life changed overnight, and you feel like you’re in over your head, and what was reality for you yesterday no longer remains to be the reality you’re living in today.

You know those moments?

I’ve been missing from this blog lately because I went through one of those moments, and I needed some time to focus and adjust to my new reality.

No, I’m not married yet, and no, I didn’t have a baby. :)

Two weeks ago, I got on an airplane and traveled across the Pacific Ocean to go back to the land where I was born. I’m now a graduate school student at Vanguard University of Southern California.

This is where we have our classes

Last year, I came across their Master of Arts in Leadership Studies program, and I started dreaming again. I started dreaming of higher learning, and the rolling hills and beautiful coastline of Southern California. I started dreaming of the wide variety of lessons waiting to be learned, and experiences waiting to be lived. And so I prayed, I took the steps, I waited, and I prayed some more. Then finally, the acceptance letter arrived, and now I’m here. (There’s more to the story, but I just gave you the shorter version.)

I can sum up my first two weeks in six words: I AM IN OVER MY HEAD.

But it’s a good thing.

When I’m in over my head, I tend to depend on God wholeheartedly.

I tend to pray more.

I tend to listen more.

I tend to cry a little more.  (But my heart becomes more tender.)

Moments like these, I feel like I’m in over my head because my life seems completely different. But one factor doesn’t change: GOD.

When I remember that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), I can be confident that He who was with me in the past, is with me today, and will be with me in the future.

He who provided in the past, will provide today, and in the future.

He who guided me in the past, will guide me today, and in the future.

He who blessed me in the past, will bless me today, and in the future.

Most importantly…

He who loved me in the past, will love me today, and in the future.

And when I’m reminded of these things, I feel His peace wash over me, and I can breathe again.

Are you facing some big changes in your life today? Think back on the time that you were confident that God moved on your behalf, fill in the blanks, and if you want, share what you came up with in the comments section below!

“He who ____________ me in the past, will _______ me today, and in the future.”

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By Liz

Writer, blogger, strategist, communications specialist, doodler, traveler, adventurer, author/illustrator of Art to Feed the Heart, founder of Travelthecity.com, doer of random stuff.

10 Comments

  1. Reply

    ria

    Miss you Liz and I’m glad you’re having the adventure of your life =)! Wait for me =)! God-willing I’ll be there (in the US) by Jan 2012 =)

  2. Reply

    Ditas

    If I had known when I last saw you that it would be the last time for a long time, I’d have gone: “I”M SO PROUD OF YOU!!!” You are a blessing to me, your love and friendship with my girls are precious. I also know what it means to be in over your head — seems to be the best description of my life — and I whole-heartedly agree: Jesus loves to be strong for us!

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about your adventures there. Keep smiling, keep shining, keep trusting, and we will also keep praying for you. God bless you more and more and more!!!! ^_^
    A recent blog post from Ditas: Not As Much

    1. Reply

      Liz

      Thank you Ate Ditas!!!! :) I am so blessed by you and your girls too! say hi to them for me!

  3. Reply

    Denis del Callar

    I like what you said about crying making your heart more tender. I’ve had a lot of changes in my life and its been a roller coaster since 2008. I don’t even know what the hell is happening sometimes or how I could have ended up like this.

    But yeah, one thing I’ve come to consider during my moments of clarity is how hard my heart had become. Why? Men don’t cry and I’m the Dark Lord. The Dark Lord does not cry.

    There are days when I realize that I can’t cry anymore because I don’t know how. And while there are advantages to having a cold hard heart, it just becomes so hard that it shatters. Had I been a nicer, warmer, more positive person in the past, things may be different today. I’m trying to find my way back.

    So good luck with your journey my fellow traveler. Hope we find our paths soon.

    1. Reply

      Liz

      You don’t have to cry…your eyes can just sweat :)

      Thanks for reading, Denis. It’s good to hear from you! Be blessed on your journey :)

  4. Reply

    Anna Moran

    Hi Liz! I love your blog! And also, I love it that you are living out your dream! We were just talking about this last month in my home with Marge! I am so excited for you. And I will be praying for you. Yes, He will always be with you :-) Mwah!

    1. Reply

      Liz

      Miss you, Anna! Give Andi a big hug for me!

  5. Reply

    diane

    “He who ____________ me in the past, will _______ me today, and in the future.”

    — what a beautiful and encouraging statement, Liz! great blog :) so excited for you, will be praying for you :)

    1. Reply

      Liz

      Thank you Diane!!! :)

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