Posted by: Pure Glory | 05/01/2021

Embrace Change With Joy!

by Hazel Straub

Do you love change or do you cling to old familiar habits? Here in the Far North of Alaska, we are in a season of change. The ice on the river that runs through our city broke up on Tuesday night. The river channel that had been frozen for months was suddenly high and flowing with ice bergs. Then a river that it flows into, broke up today and has the ice flowing down stream. It is a welcome sight but may involve some flooding, if there are ice jams. Through the years, they have found that the thickness of the ice does not determine when break up will come. We welcome the mess of break up because summer will soon follow. Boats can traverse the river systems and bring goods to isolated communities. It is no longer dark at night and the sunshine changes everything. Even though it snowed today, the ice is breaking up and the snow is quickly melting. It is time to embrace the change!

In the same way, Jesus brings sunshine to our hearts and even the hardest of hearts can change when his love shines on us. Light brings new life and God’s love changes us. Our God is love, light, life, mercy and grace. Before we knew him, Jesus gave his life for us so we could enjoy breakthrough of self defeating patterns and constant mistakes, as we receive him into our lives. He brings change that allows the biggest problems to go like ice in the Springtime. The fire of love of God expressed in Jesus, brings healing and great joy! Look to Jesus and experience new life.

But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy. (Malachi 4:2 AMPC)

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  1. What a great thought, Hazel. The love of God can break up the spiritual ice of any heart—if we will only allow it.

    I’ve read the book of Malachi before, but didn’t catch the significance of 4:2. As a person who is only one generation removed from farming, I’ve seen lots off playful calves. Leaping after being released from the “stalls” of this world is a great picture of our victory in Christ.

    Thank you, and God Bless.

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    • You are welcome, David! There is much to Malachi 4:2. The wings are the prayer shawl with the fringe that represents Jesus and all the blessings and curses of the Word of God. The woman with the issue of blood touched this and was made whole. Then we are all like playful calves. What a victory!

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  2. Nice

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  3. Every change that Jesus brings is for our good. Thank you so much for this vivid picture of the new life that Jesus gives us when we know and follow Him. Blessings, Hazel!

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    • You are welcome, Patty! Jesus does bring new life and it changes us. Joy!!! Abundant blessings, Patty!

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  4. Reblogged this on Soulja Nation and commented:

    Jesus says it is time to embrace change!

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  5. Reblogged this on thehouseofprayers.

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    • \o/ Joyful change and praise to Jesus.


  6. This is a beautiful story about God’s love compared with the ice breaking up in Alaska. The ice that grips our hearts melts under the warming influence of Jesus’ love for us. Well said, Hazel!

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    • Thank you, Peter! It is a time of great change and within 2 weeks the leaves will bud and begin to open. Amazing, just like the love of Jesus!


  7. Amen.

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  8. Amen. I welcome change as the Holy Spirit works in me to change my self limiting beliefs to embrace all that is mine for in Christ!

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  9. My fellow Canadian blogger, you write very well and have touched my heart.

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  10. Amen!


  11. Nice 👍


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