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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Changed Minds

 by Macy Johnson

“When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled,

Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them

and said, ‘What have we done?

We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!’”

(Exodus 14:5 NIV)


It happened again. My body is falling apart. Twice before I have had a medical procedure and hoped I was done with this issue. Not quite, though. It was time to decide whether to go through the painful process again or not.


I had decided not to proceed when God led me to google the pros and cons of having this particular procedure, which was similar, but different from the others I had. The facts stared me in the face and changed my mind. I decided to go through with it.


A dear friend sent me a YouTube video. It was a lecture given by Rosaria Butterfield, a former LGBTQ+ advocate who had heard the gospel and surrendered her life to Jesus. What a powerful testimony she gave! The Holy Spirit had helped her change her mind and her behavior.


God knows we humans like to go down our paths full speed. But sometimes He helps us to think things through and for one reason or another stop and change our direction. He changed Pharaoh’s mind so He would be glorified in the Israelite escape.


My loving heavenly Father will not allow me to continue down a path that is not the best one for me. He steps in at the perfect time and turns my head. I want the easy way, but He knows a better way that will help me to grow stronger in the faith He has given me.


I will welcome the Holy Spirit to make me aware of new opportunities to change my thinking. I hope you will, too!

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