Today’s word prompt: PLAN
I watched a sermon Dr. Tony Evans preached right after the death of his wife. (They had prayed for healing on this side of heaven but God handled things differently). During his sermon, he said a sentence that rocked my entire world:
“If you don’t make time for divine interruptions you will stay angry, mad, frustrated, irritated, and exacerbated…because life doesn’t always go like you planned.”
Divorce was not part of my life plan. As such, remarriage was not even a consideration. In the spirit of “keeping it 100”, being a Step-Mom was NEVER on my list of “things I wanna be when I grow up”. Yet, I am in a garden of all three. Gardens and step families have a lot in common.
You cannot make seeds grow. You can only nurture them and allow God to do the rest.
Step families are like seeds.
Although being in a step family can be difficult, it builds resilience…if allowed. Which is pretty much the case with any unplanned circumstances in our lives.
We get to choose our perspective.
I’ve decided to view things through the lens of a winner from this day forward. Taking the lowly place of loser has always been more comfortable for me. It has been a defense mechanism to protect myself if things don’t go as planned.
As Dr. Evans reminded us–life doesn’t always go like we planned.
But, we are still winning!
Winning doesn’t mean everything is perfect or easy.
Being in a step family has given me a whole new idea of winning. Sometimes, winning is imperfect progress–“slow steps of change wrapped in grace”- Lysa Terkeurst.
Other times, winning is letting go of expectations and being thankful for what is.
AT ALL TIMES, winning is knowing …with Jesus we never lose.
We simply win some and we learn some.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
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