The Promise of Change

By Karen Isbell

I don’t update my wardrobe that often. I buy new pieces each season, but I tend to wear my clothes OUT. As I was cleaning out my closet this year I came across some pieces from college. As in, ten years ago, college. I had fun reminiscing about that season of life.

Who I was.

Who I hoped to become.

My dreams.

Mine and Bryan’s relationship.

So much had changed, and not just the fashion trends. (scarf belts)

The last ten years carried a lot of change.

I love the discipline of looking back. It allows me to look forward with more clarity and to see God’s faithfulness to bring change and new life.

To bring what lives in the dark to light. To set free what is captive.

As I look forward to 2015 I am filled with hope and cling to His promise to bring change.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

There are many areas that I feel like will blossom this year after being pruned for several seasons. Yet, there are still many areas that still need His tender touch.

Change is hard. work. But change brings new life. The Promise of Change

Change brings freedom.

I don’t ever want to be held captive by what He died to set me free from. It is easier to operate with my familiar patterns. And while my instinct tells me to run from change, I know His process is full of grace.

The road to change in 2015 will be scary, hard, unfamiliar, disappointing and frustrating. (and many other emotions) But every step towards becoming more like Jesus will be worth it.

I am thankful that He promises to bring the fruit of change, that I’m not left to my own efforts.

I pray this verse will fill you with hope this new year. That we can cling to His promise to birth new life in us as we take steps forward.

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