I carry in my purse, a notepad I picked up from a thrift store. The cover caught my eyes and I just had to have it, especially after I read the poem inside.
As you can see from the photos above, the title is called, Life Is All About Plan B. The poem inside tells a quick thought about how we all love Plan A. Plan A is where everything works out just as we planned. Nothing goes wrong in this plan.
But, life can really throw some curve balls and events and people can enter our lives so nothing seems familiar. “What do I do then?”, the poem asks? Do I throw in the towel? Do I scream or whine? Do I see the interruptions as God and His hands in my life? Do I choose to be stronger in my faith in Him than I usually am? Do I choose to roll with the flow and make the best I can of the situation?
This poem reminds me that I have a choice about how I respond to the changes that seem to crash into my life from moment to moment. The Bible tells me so many things about how to live in God’s strength. I think of passages like, ” I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” I recall a verse that reads like this, ” A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.” Hhmmm, sounds like my character should be one that chooses the wiser things of God. Another verse reads, “My grace is sufficient for you.” As a follower of Christ, there is always hope in the midst of a mess.
What about you, friend? How do you chose to respond to the many changes life can bring? What offers you help and hope as you try to overcome the difficulties? How is your character developed in trying times? Who or what do you turn to for spiritual help? How do you handle Plan B?
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I usually enjoy catching up on reading during the summer months. My local library always provides a reading challenge for bookworms of all ages and this year is no exception for me. I have had time to read about three or four different books and even began reading a couple of resource type books for writers. I have been able to participate in a summer tradition and it has been lovely.
What hasn’t been so great are the plans I had for my summer that will not become a reality. Due to my need for surgery, I am not able to vacation the way I would have liked to. I also cannot garden and create a beautiful display of fragrance and flower and herbs like I would love to do. I also can not really enjoy the sunshine as I have to recover and participate in physical therapy in order to be well. There are lots of disappointments I consider as I reflect on my summer.
As a believer in Jesus and as one who tries to follow His teachings, I know that even in my disappointment, God can still bring something beautiful from my broken dreams and hopes. I think of scripture from Romans 8:28,
” We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…”
I am reminded that with God there is always hope and that He promises to be with us/me always in life. God’s truth is just as He states in Romans, “He will and does make all things good” and so, I wait to see how God will surprise my life in the days ahead. I also choose to be grateful for those things He has provided for me so that I am a more healthy person. I can be thankful for a surgery that, though painful, brought healing. What a praise!
What about you, friend? What gives you hope today? Where do you turn for guidance when disappointments come? What has your summer been like? Can you count your blessings instead of grieving what you couldn’t have? Believe me, I am also speaking to myself as I write this.
I pray and hope that whatever events are taking place in your life this summer, you can still find reasons to rejoice and to be grateful. Choosing to praise may not be the easiest thing to do but, I am sure time spent in the narrow path of faith with God will lead us to peace. Isn’t such peace, hope, and joy as God gives priceless? Enjoy your summer and be blessed.
Sometimes a picture can say a thousand words. So, today’s blog is all about what I am needing this weekend; some answers to the many questions and concerns in my life. I need some “R &R.”
As someone who enjoys being creative and often lacks the time to participate in those fun, crafty, artsy projects; I am reminding myself that spending time with the one, true artist (God) is the most important thing to do before anything else this weekend/day. If I don’t spend the time and effort to be with God and with His Word then, I miss the benefits of His presence.
I hope this short blogpost gives you the permission to spend time with God today (and every day) so I can enjoy a life of more peace, love and joy. I am sure I will find the answers I need for my life when I do what God’s Word urges me to do.