God's Plan Is Greater Than My Mistakes

God's Plan Is Greater Than My Mistakes

Everything happens for a reason.

There have been some crazy events that have taken place in my life. Some tragic, some learning experiences, some unbelievably amazing, and some that just keep me content with my life. As a Christian, there have been more times than not that I have questioned whether God was really on my side.

The most amazing part about being a Christian in today's day and age is that my religion is something I can always fall back on. If I'm having a bad day, I can sit there and talk to God. I'm not going to get a response back right away but I do know that if it is something I am struggling with, God isn't going to ignore me. He's waiting for the right moment to help me.

If we all start thinking about it right, without those down days or tragic events, there wouldn't be any days in which we are thankful for the good times, the good days in which something amazing happens. Sometimes you have to have something bad happen to appreciate the good.

I have always been a firm believe that something always, always, always happens for a reason. I will spend forever trying to figure out that reason if I have to, but I know God had a plan behind it. There are so many past relationships where I have asked God why he took that person away from me but then it becomes clear when someone better comes along. Someone that treats me so much better and someone that is more deserving of being a part of my family and my life.

There have been way too many instances when God has taken a family member or friend away from us too early. This is always the hardest to comprehend but even in these hard times, I have to believe that God had their best interest in mind and that his plan promises everything will work out in the end.

As someone with major anxiety, I find it so hard to relax sometimes. This isn't because I don't want to but because I literally cannot relax my mind and my thoughts. The only thing that keeps me going during those days is God. I know he sees me down here and I know he knows how I am feeling. I am not perfect and he knows that but I do have faith in him. To God, having faith is enough.

It's amazing to see how everything pans out in the end. When one door closes, another door truly does open. I read a quote somewhere that says, "God will wreck your plans when he sees that your plans are about to wreck you." After reading that quote, I realized I have never read anything more true before. Anytime I question God, I remember that quote. It's one I will tell my children one day when they are struggling with their first heartbreak, their first loss, their first betrayal and even their day to day freak outs over the small stuff.

At the end of the day, I know I have God by my side and he will protect me and make sure everything is alright. It might not be what I had in mind but after all, God's plan is bigger than my mistakes.

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Not Alone in our Loneliness

It happens to the best of us, but don't let it get the best of us.

The fear of loneliness is a real one and from it stems a lot of other basic feelings.

Ever get scared that you’ll end up “forever alone”?

Ever get FOMO?

Ever fall into peer pressure?

Ever feel the constant need for approval?

Ever seek affirmation?

Ever get the gut-sinking feeling that nobody else in the world gets it?

All of these derive from the fact that we are all afraid of being left alone. We’re afraid of not being “good enough” for others to like us. We’re afraid that if we stand out, we’ll stand alone.

Well- let me clue you in on something. You’re not alone. All of these feelings are so common. Except, we never talk about them for the sake of bottling our emotions and not scaring people away. Because we believe the lie that everybody is “fine” and nobody would get it if we opened up about these empty feelings we sometimes have. It’s a never-ending and discouraging cycle.

A cycle, yes. But a pointless one. Why hide the fact that this basic human emotion and fear is felt and experienced? The fear of loneliness is insanely present in a lot of lives and we must come to terms with the fact that, even if it isn’t expressed, it’s there. And, when you dive into it and cut to the core, it makes sense.

We have an inherently natural instinct to desire human connection. It’s in our DNA. In Genesis, it is written that man was created in the likeness of God. What one thing does God desire more than anything else?

Us in a right relationship with him. He desires intimate, real, open, and vulnerable relationships with us. He wants nothing more than for us to cling to Him and walk deeper and deeper with Him.

So, realizing that God, our Father, craves the same connections and has defeated the same unsatisfactory feelings of loneliness that I have and will experience is the most comforting thing in the world.

Jesus is the calm to my chaotic thought. The peace to my pity party. The comfort to my confusion. The hope to my helplessness. He is faithful even in my fears. He satisfies my heart when my mind tells me to run. He pulls me close when my mind says I’m never good enough. He loves recklessly and pursues endlessly.

My fear of loneliness and everything encompassed within has been taken to the grave and has been defeated by grace. And so has yours. Because of His fearless faithfulness, I no longer need to fear loneliness because my heart will be fully satisfied in Him.

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When I Have Nothing Else To Do But Trust

2018: a brand new year.

I've never been one to have new years' resolutions because, well, I never actually find success in them. This year, however, I've jumped on the band wagon of choosing a word for the year.

With the close of 2017, I was in a season of impatience, loneliness, and anger. I had no idea what God was wanting to do with my particular circumstances and I was annoyed with the waiting process. That's not surprising because if you know anything about me, then you will know that I am probably the most impatient person on this earth.

I hate waiting. I hate not knowing what is going to happen. And I hate not being in control. But God is in the midst of every one of those things.

He's a patient God and He knows the future. So what gives me the right to rush the journey?What gives me the right to not trust God? To not trust His processes and His actions? To not trust what He brings to the table and in my life?

Throughout 2018, I will be committing myself to trusting God, to trusting His reasonings and His seasons.

So what does trust mean?

To me, trust means finding the calm in the storm; believing in patience and the waiting through trials; nurturing and appreciating doors that are necessary endings; staying still with praise on my lips; crying out when I feel the loneliness of college doom on me; allowing myself to breathe and grow mentally, physically, and spiritually; believing that although I am just a tiny speck on this earth, I am destined for my own specific and important journey.

On the first Sunday of the year, I prayed a prayer about endings and beginnings. I prayed for the Lord to lead me out into waters and dry lands that leave me with no other option than to trust Him and His work. I prayed that He lead me to the point of embracing the grace that He so freely gives, not lends; because we have a Father that gives with no return in mind besides love and trust.

If I'm being honest with you, 2018 scares me. I'm nervous about where God will send me this year and what trials will show up. I'm worried about what Satan will throw in my way to blind me of the promises of the Lord.

But no matter, I will trust in Him and stay still, because in doing so I will find strength in Him (Psalm 27:14).

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