About six months ago, if you asked me how I felt about change, I would’ve said it didn’t bother me at all. As far as I was concerned, I could handle change with no problem. Change jobs with no problem, change my style of clothing with no problem and on a good day, change my hair color with no problem (super crazy about the hair, ya know what I mean?!)
Actually, at one point, I considered myself a professional when it came to handling change. I actually thought I liked change. Boy, was I wrong.
About a month ago I came to the realization that in fact, I actually dreaded change.
Now I’m not sure about you, but when something isn’t right or when I’m stressed, I usually bottle it up. I don’t like to show it, I prefer to not talk about it - I’ll just keep it in. Well one day, it all came out. Tears came for about two days straight.
For me, 2017 is coming with some serious changes. Changes like finally walking across the stage to earn my degree, not being a college student anymore, being on the market for my first big girl job, and Matt is getting assigned to a new base. Those are just some of the many changes that are coming my way this year.
Now, those are great things and I am beyond excited, don’t get me wrong. However, I’m the type of person that likes to have all the answers. I realized that I dread going into circumstances not knowing the answer or the outcome.
I came to the conclusion that I am a pro at change, self created change. I am definitely NOT a pro at change that just falls in my lap with no answers attached.
And guess what? All of the changes in 2017 have no answers. Which I’ve slowly been learning is a-okay.
So where does this book A Girl Meets Change: Truth’s To Carry You Through Life’s Transitions come into play?
One day last week I was in an awful mood - one of those, “nothing is going my way” kind of moods. I was browsing the mall after making some returns and I found myself in one of my favorite stores, a store called Altar’d State (super cute clothes, by the way!). I was looking at everything they had on sale, the super cute clothes, decor and shoes, and I ended up looking at a book. I thought to myself, “I should probably read more in 2017, let me pick this up, I could probably use this.” This was where I found A Girl Meets Change.
I cracked that baby open that night and within the first few pages of introduction I had watery eyes and I was baffled. Again, I don’t really cry often… I guess 2016 really did get the best of all of us after all haha!
The woman who wrote this book, Kristen Strong, literally described my life within the first few pages. The military played a huge role in her life, she chose to stay home for college and she hated unpredictable, unanswerable change. Like hello, that’s me!
Immediately, I knew that there was a reason I picked up that book in that store.
I am telling you, this lady knew exactly how I was feeling. It guided me to the answer I needed as to how I was feeling about all of this change I’m facing.
The answer is: not to worry so much. Trust that God has a plan for you, and He wouldn’t put you in a situation He knew you couldn’t handle. “God doesn’t want us to worry about the tomorrows of change because he wants us to see all of the ways he’s taking care of us today.” (Page 83)
Such a simple answer, right? I guess in my little (or big) hurricane I was creating of emotions and frustration, that answer slipped my mind. I was so uneasy about all this change approaching, but this book put me in such a good place.
I really do believe that this book needs to be a staple in every woman’s life. This book talks about ALL kinds of change, not just change similar to mine. She touches on relationships, moving, injuries, health, all of the above. I couldn’t even believe that in less than 200 pages, Kristen Strong packed such a variety of change with a variety of prayers and scriptures to get you through it.
This little green paperback book was exactly what I needed to start 2017 out on a good note. I give it all of the five stars that it deserves.
If you are in a situation similar to mine: facing a lot of change with little to no answers, this book is for you. If you are not in a situation similar to mine, I encourage you to still pick this book up and read it thoroughly.
Highlight it. Write notes. Put page markers allllllllll up in it! That's what I might have done!
Life comes with unpredicted change all the time - you may just need this book too.
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