Life is filled with unexpected moments. No matter who we are, our plans falter, our dreams change and some goals seem unachievable. It is in these unexpected moments that we can discover grace and compassion. Can you imagine what would happen if we were to face every time we got off track due to the unexpected with grace and compassion for ourselves; recognizing that we are actually in the exact timing and exact placement God wants us in.
God is the one who orchestrates our lives, He is the one who placed us on the path, and what is unexpected for me is no surprise to Him. That is right God planned for every moment that seems unexpected to us. This takes the pressure off us! We are exactly where God planned for us to be. Hard to wrap your head around, but freeing if we embrace it!
God has planned for our unexpected. When we feel like we have failed cling to the fact that this is part of the path you are following, the journey you are on. God knew this would happen and has meticulously planned for it. We need to have compassion towards ourselves and not get discouraged, but pick ourselves up and continue on.
This brings a new perspective to James 1:2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. Great joy because God has already accounted for it and you are exactly where you need to be. Great joy because it gives us the opportunity to demonstrate God's grace for ourselves. Great joy because God will give us everything we need to endure through it and come out the other side.
Do not let go of your goals, your plans, your dreams. Instead be open to the fact that they may not happen in your time table, or in the way that you had planned; rest in the knowledge that it is all happening in God's time table and in the way that he has planned. It is so reassuring knowing that the living God of the universe and beyond has everything under control, even my unexpected moments!
This morning I was reminded that God wants us to invite him into every moment in our lives. I don't know about you, but I know for me there are times when I forget that. I need to invite God into my work, my writing, every aspect of my life. God loves to be present with us.
Take a moment, close your eyes and think about the person you love the most in this world.
I am sure someone came to mind. Think about how many resources, time and energy you put into ensuring the strength of that relationship. God wants to be our first love. I love God, but I have to admit that there are some days when I take him for granted in my life and do not put the effort into our relationship that I should. I want God to be part of every aspect of my life and this means I need to ensure I have given him an open invitation.
My normal response to the challenge set before me this morning would be to beat myself up for letting it slip through the cracks, but this morning I found myself thinking of ways I could change it, remembering that walking with God is a journey not a sprint. I need to make little changes that bring me into closer relationship with God each day, every moment.
I am back to writing in my blog again. As you can see I have left it for awhile. I have now been back to consistent writing for the last month and in the spirit of NO EXCUSES (my article found on the Insightful Articles page) I have decided to get back into blogging each day. Each day is a step in this journey, in this life. By sharing in my blog on a daily basis, I can literally walk with you each day and hear your stories. We can journey together.
I have missed writing. I was caught up in my excuses, the biggest one being I AM TOO BUSY! To be honest, I was just wrapped up in my own life and left writing to the wayside. In fact it has been in the last three years that it could have probably made the greatest impact and had the most support by keeping my community alive. Excuses won.
Moving forward, I know there will be days when I am just not wanting to write and there will be other days when I can't stop writing. I hope there will be more of the latter. I hope you all are ready to join me on this journey together, who knows what insights we will discover? Who knows what storms are coming for us to overcome? Let us do this together, NO EXCUSES!
It is so hard to believe how quickly time flies by. It is 2014, and I am really looking forward to everything God has in store for me this year! As I wrote in my article on Thursday, this really is going to be a year of choices. I am really wanting to make the most out of every moment and not let anything pass me by. Positive choices are my focus as I enter this new year and hopefully it will be with me all the way through.
I know I have not blogged for awhile. I think sometimes our lives get so busy we forget the little things that brought us so much joy. I love to write and yet more and more I found that I was writing less and less. It is great to be back into writing. This year I am going to do things a bit differently. When I get inspiration for an article I will write one, when someone submits a question to me I will answer it to the best of my ability and when I feel like I just need some time to share my thoughts with my readers you will find me here. No set schedule. One week i might write every day and another week I might only write once. I feel I need to take the pressure off of myself and allow myself the freedom to enjoy writing again instead of treating it like it is a job.
For my avid followers, I want to ake this moment to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me even when my words were few. The other thing I may do this year is re-post some of my older articles. I believe there is some great stuff that I have written and it is always great to be reminded of the things we have learned in the past. I even read my older journals to see how far I have come. I hope that you will enjoy joining me on this journey this year and I hope that my writing has blessed you and your lives in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
Focus and Reflection
Today was a day of focus and reflection. I focused on my work and have been reflecting on the last 15 months. It has been an incredible journey for me. I have come from a place of darkness to a place of light. Even in my difficult moments I can still see the light in my life. It is amazing how God can transform you when you are willing to surrender.
Join me on my journey through life's joys and difficulties.