Five Minute Friday: Change

 

I was so blessed to be part of Five Minute Friday with Kate Motaung last week, that I’m doing it again. Five Minute Friday is a writing prompt where we write for 5 minutes flat…unedited, unscripted…just whatever comes from our heart. So, ignore the typos and the grammer oopsies, please. It’s just part of the package on Friday.

 

Today’s writing prompt is the word ‘CHANGE’

 

Ready, set GO!

 

Change. The very word strikes fear in the hearts of those of us who don’t do well with it. I would be one of those. I like sameness. I like predictability.

God, on the other hand, is all about change. Consider some of His best work:

Abram became Abraham.

Sarai became Sarah.

Saul became Paul.

Not only did He change their names, God changed their characters.

Abraham was content to shepherd in a foreign land, but God called Him to leave and go to a land that God would show Him. God changed him from a nobody into the father of many nations.

Sarai….all we know about Sarah is that she obediently followed Abraham. We don’t know if she lacked obedience prior to the change, but after God called her Sarah, she followed her man wherever God sent them.

Saul….murderous, fire-breathing, Christian-hating Saul. He met Jesus on the road, and was never the same. Talk about a change!

Then, there is Leah. Selfish, controlling, lacking in mercy, dabbling in what the world had to offer, lacking in character. And that was all AFTER I met Jesus. Problem was, I had not let Him CHANGE me yet. I had fire insurance from hell, but my life didn’t reflect it. Then, God snatched me up by the hair of my head and gave me an unquenchable hunger for Bible study. The Living and Active Word of God went deep into the marrow of my bones and I began to CHANGE.

It’s been 14 years now that I’ve been immersing myself in the Word, and even my husband will tell you that I am not the same woman I was 14 years ago. I have been CHANGED! It can happen to you, too.

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  • Ruth Marriott

    You have an awesome, awesome, awesome testimony of the power of God’s word! I often read Bible-impact stories from minority languages around the world as part of my job, but I never – NEVER – cease to be moved by the story of another person who has encountered HIM in those pages (or audio). You’re right – it truly is Living and Active; may we make good choices each day to be more exposed to it’s power!

    • Ruth, thank you for stopping by. When I think of how the Scriptures have impacted me, I stand in awe. My heart is for others to know that power in their own lives. That is why I write and speak. Blessings to you!!!

  • Encouraged by this this morning! So thankful God doesn’t leave us where we are and that He can be trusted to CHANGE us. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Courtney Lynn, thank you so much for stopping by. It is encouraging, isn’t it, to know that God’s heart is for our hearts to be more like Jesus every day. Blessings to you!!

  • Beautiful testimony to the deep change our hearts need Leah! Amen. How I have settled for outward change when God wanted me to go deeper. May we let Him have his full work in and through us.

    • Oh I, too, have settled at times, Jolene. I pray I never do again. Thank you for stopping by! Bless you, friend.

  • Amy

    I remember when all I have accepted was Jesus’s gift of “fire insurance”. I am so thankful He didn’t give up on me then and that He continued to make the changes within me. What a beautiful testimony you shared. Thank you

    • I’m thankful, too, Amy, that He never stops pursuing us. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your heart. You bless me.