As I've navigated a new season that includes multiple changes in parenthood, friendships, and daily life, I’m grateful to have Kristen Strong’s “Girl Meets Change” as a companion. Her words remind me God has a purpose with the seasons we experience. This book is packed with truth, wisdom, and love that truly will help carry you through life’s transitions.
I've typed out all the lines I underlined and paragraphs I starred because I know I'll want to revisit these nuggets of truth and encouragement over and over again. I've recommended the books to friends, generally on Facebook and specifically to people as it pertains to their lives. And I've seen evidence that God has used Kristen's words to change my perspective of change.
If you're around here much, you know this isn't the first time I've mentioned "Girl Meets Change." I've quoted it and referenced it in other posts the last several weeks ::
Life is Movement :: "God knew I would need some wisdom in this season of transition because it’s no secret I’ve resisted change like the plague in the past. I want to embrace what God is doing here. The movement is evidence of the abundant life God promises."
My Free Time :: "I’m grateful for the way God orchestrated my life so I could have this season – as short as it may be – to take care of some things. Of course, I’m not necessarily taking care of the things I anticipated, but taking care of myself and other people is a worthwhile use of my time. ... God's goodness does not always come as my perception of productivity. Rather his goodness often looks like people and conversations and laughter and prayers."
4 Ways to Let Friendships Change with the Seasons :: "I’m sharing these four ways to let friendships change with the seasons – for you, yes, but as reminders for myself too. And when I say “let” I really mean I’m slowly learning to hold loosely the people I love, even when on some days I want to pull them all closely and hunker down in a commune-like bubble."
ABOUT THE BOOK :: "Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You Through Life's Transitions" releases today! Here's the official summary: "Whether chosen or unexpected, all change brings stress. Kristen Strong knows about change – especially the kind you didn't choose. Over the years, she's fought hard to learn an important truth: change is not something to be feared but something to be received as a blessing from God who works through it, not in spite of it. In this hope-filled book, Kristen invites you to see all the ways you are loved and cared for in the midst of change. She walks alongside you as a friend, gently ushering you toward a new view of change, one that meets you at the crossroads of your own sense of anxiety and God's sense of purpose. With practical advice for coping in every part of life, she draws from her own experiences, the stories of others, and stories from Scripture to help you find contentment, purpose, and renewed strength."
224 pages. Published by Revell Books. Learn more at the book's lovely website.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :: Kristen Strong is a popular blogger at Chasing Blue Skies and DaySpring's (in)courage, as well as a writer whose work has appeared in MOMSense and Family Fun magazines. She and her husband, David, have three children. Together this military family has zig-zagged across the country (and one ocean!) several times, and they currently live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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