Change Brings Growth

on September 19, 2019

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” –John F. Kennedy

Growth is a task God sets before us. Change is a fast-forward journey to the future. You might be going through a change right now. It could be a beginning or an ending of a relationship, a move to another state, or an upcoming opportunity. There is power to see how God works His direction for our good. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”(Romans 8:28)

On a recent cruise, my day began with a walk around the ship. I filled my lungs with salty air and knew God was near. The warmth of sun on my face confirmed His presence. I felt it necessary to drop a few commitments when I returned home and invest in understanding God’s direction for my life. Sometimes I hear the “go” but not the how. The future is a mystery, so I started praying for wisdom. James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom ask God.” In my prayer time, I asked the big question, “What’s next?”

Three years ago, I felt the call to write and speak about God’s goodness. After the divine nudge, I became acutely aware of my academic shortcomings and have struggled to accomplish this task. As a child, my focus in school was wrong. Moving to six different schools before I graduated from high school was difficult. Making new friends became the hardest part, and as a result, I concentrated more on fitting in than my education.

In short, I needed to relearn the fundamentals of writing. My journey began with short articles about relationships, but it grew into something bigger. I developed a strong leading to inspire children to take their education seriously.

I’m often stretched beyond what I think is achievable, but I know with God, all things are possible. Just as God equipped Moses, who had a speech disability and yet spoke and led his people. He gave Esther courage to face her calling. The Lord equips His children for the tasks He sets before them.

My passion for writing deepens more each day. God uses change to cause good things. Change brings opportunities to grow closer to Him.

How do you embrace change?

What growth opportunity taught you a valuable lesson?

27 thoughts on “Change Brings Growth”

  1. Nancy says:

    God Bless You! Good article!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thanks, Nancy.

  2. Kim Edgerton says:

    Linda, I am so proud of the writer you have become! You have always been an inspirational speaker and dynamic personality, but as you say in this blog your writing needed some help. I am so happy to see you have found your way forward, and no surprise to me through prayer and not being afraid to keep on learning new things! Thanks for all your insight and inspiration and reminders to look to God for answers.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Kim, your note lifted me at a low point today. I so appreciate you taking the time to comment.
      May the Lord bless you back.

  3. Roberta M Fish says:

    Hi Linda,
    Thanks for sharing your journey, it inspires me.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      That’s funny, you’re my source of inspiration. I love your new logo. It’s very fitting, Roberta.

  4. This article just gave me chills. You are truly an inspiration. God has great things for you and I cannot wait to see them happen.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Larry. Life is a learning process with lots of uphill curves and rocky roads to reach your dream destination. You and Jada are experiencing that now. Blessings on your business. You touch a lot of lives. I’m proud of you both.

  5. Great article, thank you for sharing

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Evelyn.
      Blessings on your writing.

  6. Kay Payne says:

    Yes, Linda, change can definitely be hard and bring new challenges to our lives. That’s where I’ve found trusting in the Lord to bring about “ the good” in the change is so important.
    I’m enjoying reading your blog!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      I enjoy your comments. We make a good team!

  7. Pim Miranda says:

    Hi Linda
    It is so good hearing from you. I hope to see you in person again soon.
    I want you to know that your gift of Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life has been another life changer for me. I told you earlier that reading it was a life changer, but since you gave the me copy you lent me earlier, I reread the whole book again, and this time I was able to mark it up and make it much easier to remember the significant points in each chapter. Thus it has become again a life changer.
    It has made so much change in my life that I am really stunned. Right now the Lord is changing me on a spiritual, emotional and relational level all at the same time. He is testing my faith and patience in a work He is completing for me, I hope in the near future. It has been very hard hard at times and He really put me through the wringer.
    My next goal is to go again through that book and summarize all my underlines for later reference and study. I need to wait until I complete the Real Life Discipleship training class I am taking at church right now, which is taking up quite a bit of time.
    I also am leading a small group in my home again, which is in its second week.
    I hope to talk to you soon.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Pim, It was great hearing from you. Rick Warren is one of the best, I’m glad the book is helping you make changes. As the story goes, most changes are good. You sound busy and happy. I pray your health is good. See you soon. I miss our small group and know you are doing an excellent job as the leader. May God bless your obedience.

  8. Jean Hall says:

    Way to go, Linda! I see much growth in you! Love you.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      I had many people helping me, you included. Thank you for leading our writing group. I’m counting down the days to purchase your new children’s book, God’s Blessings of Fall. Great timing!

  9. Kay Payne says:


  10. Sue Ade says:

    Wow, Linda,

    I can already see how much your writing has grown. You are an inspiration to me
    with your hard-work, dedication, and love of God.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Sue, Thank you for your encouragement and helpful edits along the way. I’m keeping my fingers crossed someday I might be able to write as well as you. (Should I have used a comma after crossed?)

  11. Keep up and keep on it. The alternative of doing nothing toward our goals and dreams brings us to nowhere. You have what is need to succeed and it is your passion for transforming lives through your writing. You are an encouragement to people like me. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Eglaide, you know my story, I’ve spent years in nowhere land. I try to stay under God’s loving arms and experience His goodness. Thank you for your continuing encouragement.

  12. Jenni Tyler says:

    Continue to seek and search God’s Will. You are an inspiration to way more than you know.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      There is peace in following God’s path. It’s easy to know when I’m not in His will, I become stressed, overbearing, and I lose my joy. But, He is faithful to pull His children back into His loving arms.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thank you kindly!

  13. Paul E Ledbetter says:

    Always good to hear about your growth…hang in there for your mom. She too is an inspiring voice for the Lord. At 93, she’s so full of the blessings of God that it oozes straight out of her smile and personality.
    I told my wife Brenda this week that I TRY to witness in even the smallest way to “someone” every day. When I was in the retail business, we averaged about 35-40 transactions a day with about 50-100 people coming into my small store daily. I vowed to so some good deed and witness to a customer that I felt God had an interest in sending me. Whether it was a repair made with no charge on the spot or just a mention of “thank God for little things” comment, you never know what influence you have on someone…just to make them “think” about what just happened.
    Now retired, it seems to be easy to spot a non believer that you can nudge just a bit….but if everyone puts their shoulders into moving something, it moves.
    I thought as a child that went to church every week and was oblivious that there were people that didn’t think about let alone study the Bible or WHAT!!? “you don’t go to church!” Now as the world winds down, the evidence of getting rid of God in the schools, punishing students for mentioning Jesus….Cheech….I liked it when I was a child…we started the day with the pledge of allegiance, the Lord’s prayer and at Christmas, we learned by rote the Biblical story of Jesus’s birth. No one that I remember questioned the validity of the Bible…now, none of that happens along with the either distortion or elimination of history, lack of civics taught and the growth from a few words to now chapter after chapter of evolution taught telling the kids we’re just animals that evolved from nothing…the “science” books report that nothing exploded and now here we are…all by chance….I like to listen to Kent Hovind’s debates on all of that. He’s had trouble in his life, but his debates are very telling and help one lift themselves to the Lord for truth and guidance…well…there I go, didn’t just tell you we are influence by others, thank you Kent….ok…this blabbermouth needs to stop….hope all reading have a wonderful experience of faith today..close your eyes and smile…God loves you.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thanks for your comment, Paul. And I thought I was the storyteller in the family.

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