Changes, setbacks and detours are an inevitable part of life. Most people look at them as a bad thing, but what if we choose to look at these things as having tremendous value? Humans are resistant to change. Change is uncomfortable and sometimes pretty scary. However, if things don’t change, we can’t continue to grow. It is through the adversity of the challenges of change that we stretch, grow and become all that we were created to be.
Our family, and Friendly Acres, are about to undergo one of these such changes. We got word this week from our landlord that the home and property we lease is going up for sale; the fallout of the owners’ divorce. We were completely blindsided by the news, and the temptation to panic bubbled just beneath the surface of conscious thought. However, I’ve learned through past difficulties that staying calm in the storms of life is the key to hearing God’s voice amidst the blowing winds of change.
So what now?
When life’s setbacks happen (and they will), its crucial to remain calm, be flexible, and be prepared to take a different route to your dream’s destination. Sometimes that path might be longer, and full of more challenges; but if we learn from each challenge and remain calm, the lessons will make us stronger in the long run.
In preparing for setbacks, we need to constantly be thinking outside the box. “How can I utilize this setback as an opportunity to reach my ultimate goal?” If you utilize all your life’s experiences and try to glean the good stuff out of the challenges, you’ll have your answer.
We at Friendly Acres are actively seeking God’s plan for this unexpected move in our lives. While I have to admit to a few moments of panic when the news first hit me, I have to say for the most part, I’m very excited to see what lies ahead, and where God will take us and our animal ministry. Until then, I’ve jotted down some tips for you to take the next time life throws you a curve ball:
- Think about some of the setbacks you’ve had through your lifetime. Write down some of the good things you can glean from hindsight. File them away for future reference, and keep your eyes open for key learning experiences in all aspects of your life–you never know when they’ll come in handy!
- Think/speak positively over your life. Thoughts are very powerful things! We must speak and think only positivity over our lives/circumstances to ensure that we are doing everything we can to bring what we want into our lives.
- Pray. Last, but certainly not least. God is already in our future. He’s not surprised by the challenges we face, or the feelings we have about them. He promises never to leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6); what a great comfort that is! We need only to have faith and trust in Him to bring our hopes and dreams to pass.
I’m looking forward to sharing with you how God brings our dreams to pass for Friendly Acres. Until next time,
Blessings to you and yours,