Time keeps moving forward, no matter what. There may be times when the future seems overwhelming, even daunting and we just want to stay in the present, or relive the past. No matter how difficult the future may be time is constantly moving forward. None of us have the superpower to stop time.
When I am unsure of the future, I go to God. He has a plan for my life, it is a plan for my good. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." God's plans are better than our plans could be. Isaiah 55:9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. We can trust God with our future, no matter the outlook.
The next time you get overwhelmed by the future remember that God has a good plan for you. All you need to do is trust in that. God loves you and wants His best for you. When I was in my early twenties, I had mapped out my entire future, before I was even 25 all of my plans had failed and I was angry with God. I carried that for a very long time. One day, someone said to me, "You have such a great life, you have a husband who loves you, a beautiful home, a great job, you have it all. In that moment that anger reared its ugly head and my response was that what I had wasn't what I had planned for myself and I told her my plans. She then answered me by saying, "Don't you see that what you have now is so much better?" It took me a few minutes to process that. She was right! Everything I had imagined for myself, would have ended in my unhappiness.
Do not waste years wishing you had some ideal, take a step back and look at all of the blessings in your life, you just might realize that you have more than you ever wanted right now, and never even realized it.
I was reading Philemon this morning, and came across this verse Philemon 1:7 Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has refreshed the hearts of God's people. Love can do so much more than we realize!
Love can bring joy in our times of sorrow. Love can bring comfort when our hearts are in pieces. Love can lift us up when we feel low, love can bring peace to the chaos, love can make our hearts feel full and refreshed. Love can soften us when we get hard. Love can bring hope when we feel like we have none. Love can bring new life to us! Love can give us strength when we feel weak, love can help us endure the difficult times, love can help us to get up when we fall! Most of all love set us free!!! Jesus love for us is why He went to the cross to set us free from our sin!
The next time you wonder how important love is, I challenge you to sit back, relax and remember all of the times you have felt loved, truly loved. How did it make you feel? What did love do for you in those times? Love is so powerful, do not underestimate it!
I was looking outside at the falling snow and was thinking about how it looks like everything is new, everything looks different with the snow. This is true in our lives as well. When we make a change it affects our lives. Each change is almost like a clean slate, a fresh start.
I have made a lot of changes in my life in the last few months. I have seen the positive ripples as it starts to hit additional areas of my life and soon the landscape of my life looks different. I now look forward to the future instead of dreading it. I now anticipate the opportunities that arise each day instead of missing these opportunities altogether. Is my life perfect, NO. Each day is better than the last though.
My husband was confused last night when he asked me if I liked my birthday and my answer was it had been the best one yet. He started thinking back and I reminded him of all the wonderful things that happened yesterday. As I shared, I saw a knowing look cross his face, I think he came to the understanding before I did. This was the best birthday because I was free!!! Free from the belief that I was my weight, free from loving the weight! Free to love me, for exactly who I am!
This is my snow covered world, a world in which I am free. All my life I felt like I was a captive to the weight and had no idea how to get free. I am so thankful for this new landscape, so thankful for those who speak truth into our lives at just the right times, so thankful to God for answering my prayer for freedom!
I am sorry to let you know that what I had planned to post was more daunting than I had anticipated. It will take quite a bit before I will get that done, however, I then got the idea to post a special birthday video instead. Please enjoy!
As some of you may have noticed, I did not blog this weekend. That is not because I have stopped blogging, or forgot. I have decided that I will blog Monday to Friday. I have realized that I need my weekends to rest my mind, my body, my soul and my spirit.
Rest is important. It helps us to come back to things refreshed and ready to go. It helps our bodies rejuvenate. The purpose of my chosen rest is for balance in my life. I am currently in the midst of several projects at once. I am building my counseling business, I am writing a book, I am writing articles once per week, and writing in my blog 5 times per week, I am doing a health challenge, a Minecraft Let's Play (on YouTube) and I am trying to be a good wife and a good caregiver for my two sassy shadows (my black cats Zoey and Riley). Trying to find balance and margin in the midst of so much can be difficult. This is why I need to prioritize rest.
If I kept going 7 days a week like I was, I would eventually burn out and then I would not be able to do any of my projects well. I have gone through burnout before in my life and everything suffers as a result. It is much easier to protect yourself from it than to try to recover from it. If you are beginning to feel overwhelmed by the projects or tasks in your life, then it may be time to build some margin in your life. It may be time to schedule in time to rest and in doing so restoring balance to your life.
Also, in light of this there will be no blog post tomorrow since it is my birthday. My gift to myself is to not do any writing tomorrow. If all goes well though there may be a different surprise, feel free to check back tomorrow evening to see if it was a success!
Join me on my journey through life's joys and difficulties.