My Life with God

Patterns of Life

veniceDo not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

What healthy pattern is in your life right now?

What pattern do you need to tear out of your life?

How can tearing yourself away renew and transform you?


When we follow the patterns of this world, we anticipate what will happen by our own logic or patterns of experiences. We dread, expect, or claim what will happen. Conforming creates patterns. Sometimes, we need to tear ourselves away.

All patterns aren’t bad. Patterns can be positive and constructive. When we place standing stones to mark our experiences with and trust in God, the patterns that remind us how He has provided and guided in the past point into the future. We can trust He will provide and guide again…and again and again and again. However, we often cannot predict the specific direction.

When we are transformed, it becomes less about us and more about God. We acknowledge we don’t know the future and trust Him to prepare us for the situations ahead.

Preparation comes through transformation.

We’re not prepared today for what we’ll face tomorrow. We’re prepared to face today. And today mandates our full attention and participation in order to receive the preparation, the transformation, we need for tomorrow.

Prepare something today. It can be simple. Bake a cake or cookies. Make a simple craft or photo collage. What items or materials need to change through the process in order to complete what you’re making? How do you experience transformation in the process? Consider what this reminds you about the way God transforms you.