Sparks #24

IMG_5517My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!

When I first read the above quote I had to stop and think about it for a moment. Change is something we dread and often fear. We tend to avoid it or at least put it off as long as possible. Our minds are so locked into the idea that change means something bad has happened or is going to happened, or that we are going to be forced to do something we don’t want to do.

So CHANGE can really be a good thing in disguise? The more I thought about it the more I realized how true this quote is. While change can occur as result of difficult things happening, it can also be the beginning of something very good…. a job change… a move… a new relationship… a new beginning!

Ten years ago I made the decision to leave a job I had been at for nineteen years to move to Texas and marry Papa Bear, a man I had known for just a month! Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  And I have to admit it was scary… leaving the job and the town I’d called home for a long time to start a whole new life in a new place, with someone I was just beginning to know well.  But my heart told me he was the one meant for me, and it was the right thing and the right time… so I took a giant leap of faith, and I am ever so happy that I did!

While I wouldn’t advocate that kind of rapid change for most people or relationships, I do advocate looking at your life and deciding if you are truly content or if changes are needed.  I had known for a long time that I was more than ready for a new job and a new place to live.  I wasn’t so sure I was ready to try a new relationship after three very abusive failed ones in my past. I wasn’t so sure I could ever make it work… but it has. God knew I needed big changes in my life and He brought them.

The point is, that when it comes to change we have two choices…. we can fear it or we can embrace it.  We can expect bad things to come of it, or we can trust that we are being given exactly what we need to help us grow and find our way to inner peace. Change isn’t always comfortable or easy, it can be difficult and sometimes painful, but in the end it will be ok… trust God!

Start thinking about the good things that have happened in your life, and I bet you’ll find that this quote is true, they happened because something changed.  🙂

Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there, and maybe share something too!

untitled (51)Many of you are familiar with the “Thought for the Day” posts on my Facebook page that carry more messages of hope and encouragement. I post a new one each morning, drop by and check them out.  🙂

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

16 thoughts on “Sparks #24”

  1. Following your heart is a good thing. I’m so glad it worked out for you. We both have great husbands and I know both of us are thankful for that.

    Have a fabulous day filled with wonderful Sparks. ♥

  2. I tend to be stubborn when it comes to change perhaps because of fear. Some of the changes I made were not “good” ones but from them, I learned lessons that led to good things. So I have to say the quote you chose is very true. 🙂

    1. That’s true of my life, too Patricia. Lots of poor choices, but in the end God has used it all for the good, we learn from our mistakes! I like this way of looking at change. Fear is so destructive in our lives.

  3. I very much enjoyed your post for Sparks this week. I love the quote and think the photo is a perfect representation. Change is hard and not usually a welcome event. I’m thrilled to hear the change you made has blessed your life. But, everything that happens to us makes us the person we are today. And, how we respond to change plays a huge part of that! Thank you for sharing such an insightful post.

  4. Beautiful spark Josie and oh so true. We all get so scared of change when actually the change might bring along something wonderful.
    Have a lovely week.

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