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 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 have had a wonderful Thanksgiving with just my husband. We took time to rest, and time to play. It was actually great for me! I have been thinking over the past couple of weeks all of the things I was thankful for. I focused on the best things for me in the past year, however God wanted more. On Sunday, God revealed to me through the message that I needed to be thankful for all of it. I am sure Job in the Bible would have gotten a kick out of that. Who is ever thankful for the bad things? However I really felt like there was something God was trying to show me. I looked over the last year and thought about the situations and people that were most difficult for me to forgive. They all revolved around our adoption that fell through. You see I had forgiven them, however I was not thankful. I was wondering what this cloud was that was still hanging over that situation, and now I know because the moment I thanked God for each person, each situation and the outcome, the cloud lifted. I realized that the only way that God's love and grace could flow into that situation was if I was thankful for it.
If that wasn't revelation enough for one Thanksgiving, I got part two this morning. Not only does God want us to be thankful, he wants us to be joyful throughout these times. James 1:2 says to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. God showed me that through thankfulness we can come to a place of joyfulness. If you are not thankful, then it is really hard to operate in God's joy. This revelation is amazing to me. In essence God is asking us to look at everything through His eyes, His perspective. This is difficult to do, which is why God wants us to be thankful, it shifts our perspective, then joy follows. I just wanted to share my revelation with you because I realize just how powerful this concept is. Imagine if every person in the world faced trials with thankfulness and joy. This world would be turned upside down.
Sorry I haven't written in my blog in awhile. I have been busy trying to get into a new rhythm with work and everything else I have on the go at the moment. It has been a learning curve for sure. I think I have finally gotten things back under control and in a comfortable place now. For all of you who have missed my daily postings, I will do my best to get back to daily postings again.
Join me on my journey through life's joys and difficulties.