Friday, August 5, 2016

When Life Is Changing

The wood beneath my feet was unfamiliar and the length between each step was new. Hoping not to wake the children, I tiptoed carefully listening for how the house might creak. I reached the final step and made my way to the living room. There was a familiar comfort of the furniture that had been with me for the past ten years. I sunk down deep into my cold brown leather chair and took a deep breath. I looked around and embraced the new and unfamiliar.
Seasons come and seasons go. It seems easy when we consider seasons in terms of the weather, but when it comes to seasons of life it’s down right hard. There is nothing easy about change. It can be exciting and exhilarating, but there’s something comforting about the familiar parts and places of life.
Encouragement for when life is changing. #family #changes

Then there’s the unfamiliar. You know, the seasons of life that don’t feel cozy – the ones when marriage isn’t feeling happily ever after or when the children don’t act like they’ve ever been taught to obey. The moments in life when illness or financial strain seep so deeply into every part of life that you can’t even perform your daily tasks because life is in the way. It’s the times when God calls you outside of your normal and everything He instructs you to do is different than anything you’ve ever done before.
When things are unfamiliar and change makes you wonder what God is doing, here are a few things to remember:
When the stairs creak beneath your feet and the unsettled feeling starts creeping in, remember God already knew the steps you would walk and exactly how it would feel, sound, and be. He knows every struggle you will face in your family and life.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9(ESV)

2. God directs every step. It’s our job to follow.

Sometimes obedience is against everything we want. It doesn’t add up, make sense, or seem clear, but it’s right. God knows where you should go and what it will look like as you take that leap. He knows the way you will hesitate, wonder, and feel a bit uneasy.
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you;
He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
Deuteronomy 31:8(ESV)
Sometimes when you step out on faith it feels like the next step is too far in the distance and fear steps in. A lack of faith grasps our hearts making us panic before our toes slowly land on the next stair. When we forget God is there, it’s easy to be afraid, but God is there. Right there. He is with us every single step of the way.
Fear no, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you
with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10(ESV)
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives
do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27(NKJV)
Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
I Thessalonians 5:24(NASB)
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
Psalm 56:3(KJV)
Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
Psalm 119:133(ESV)

If you’re feeling a bit uneasy as you take the steps God is directing or if everything in your life is changing, be encouraged today to keep on stepping!

Now, when I walk down the wooden stairs and make my way into the living room, there is a familiar comfort that washes over me. God has walked these steps before me and He’s walked with me time and time again. Though I never could have imagined the steps God has directed, it’s a beautiful journey of God’s divine direction, purpose, and provision.
God has a purpose for every step. If it’s feeling unfamiliar and a bit uncertain, just keep stepping. God is with you and He created the steps, directs the steps, is with you through each step, and knows every question, fear, and uneasy feeling you face. Keep on stepping! God is with you!
Love & Blessings,

Micah Maddox is a wife and mom who loves to encourage and inspire others to dig deeper in their spiritual journey. as you read her posts, she will give you a quick look inside her heart as she shares how God has used His Word and every day circumstances to encourage and draw her into a closer, more intimate relationship with Him. Please visit Micah at
Micah, thank you for sharing your heart with us today!

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