Not exactly what I expected.
Probably not even what I wanted. Or asked for.
But, apparently … it was just what I needed.
That’s how I feel after finishing our final chapter, Chapter 12, in our Proverbs 31 online bible study (OBS) of Tracie Miles’ book, Stressed-Less Living.
After leading a Facebook small group and finishing last week’s teaching on the OBS blog, our group was discussing the power of application for women of faith, where real change occurs, as opposed to just head knowledge. Much of that is born in the reflection questions at the end of each chapter, and some admitted they were keeping up on the reading, but not making time to really think about how it might apply to them personally.
Which led to me throwing out the questions, Is there an area of your life that you’re afraid might change for “the worse” … if you let God be fully at work? How might He make a difference for eternal good if we let Him have the keys to our heart?
These questions reminded me of the story of the pop beads necklace and the little girl who didn’t want to give them up. (If you’ve never read it, click HERE…) It’s a powerful story of a young girl who struggles to believe her father has something better in store if she gives up her precious plastic beads.
As I brought that up to my group, I had no idea that God was orchestrating a major shift for me in my role at church. Over the next 24 hours, through a series of God speaking to me through other people, His word, circumstances and prayer, I realized that it was time for me to make a significant change.
This week, that change has begun. As I transition into a new area of ministry, I am sooo very excited to see where God will lead. As Tracie writes:
I trust that God has moved in your life in ways that only he could do. I hope that you have come to recognize the importance of turning your stress over to him. If you have come to a place where you can acknowledge God for who he really is, then you are in a position to consciously choose the “good thing” that is better than everything else, which can never be taken away.
Again, not at all what I was expecting. But definitely more of what I needed!
More blessed. Less stressed. That’s the key to a stressed-less life!
So in turn, I would ask … how might God make a difference in YOUR life if you fully gave Him the keys to your heart?