Nothing Can Stop God’s Plan For Your Life

Nothing Can Stop God’s Plan For Your Life

“In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:4-5
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You know how sometimes when you meet someone things just click? You have an automatic chemistry. You feel like you’ve known them for a lifetime and don’t really know how you got along before without them? That is how it was for me the second I met Shelby, even before I met him face to face, actually. I just kept thinking to myself, where had he been my whole life? When the truth was, he was only right down the street.

My relationship with Shelby proved to me how much of a sense of humor God truly has. When we were younger, Shelby and I were constantly around each other without ever meeting. He was the referee at my soccer games, we attended the same small high school, and his parents live less than half of a mile from mine. So after about 8 years of this, we finally, officially met, and God had greater things in store for us than we could ever imagine.

Nothing can stop God’s plan for your life. Isaiah 14:27 states, “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken – who can change His plans? When His hand is raised, who can stop Him?” Who can truly change God’s plans for your life? You were created for a purpose that you and only you can fulfill. No amount of doubt, worry or anxiety will change this, for these things do not come from The Lord but from the enemy. The enemy is a boldfaced liar, he wants you to live in fear and fall into the trap of believing that you’re not good enough. But that’s the biggest lie there is because you are good enough, you are loved enough and nothing the enemy does can ever stop God’s plans for your life.

I really, truly believe that God handpicked Shelby and I for each other to use us for the work of His kingdom. I believe that this was His plan for our fast and crazy relationship which turned into marriage. However, we were still faced with mind filling doubts by peers, we were faced with disappointments, and we were tested. But we both felt that this was God’s plan, therefore we trusted, followed and persevered.

I will be the first to tell you that I have fallen into the trap of the enemy’s lies. I mean, the world is constantly telling us that we are not good enough. But that is just the thing, we are not of this world and we are not meant to be worldly. God calls us to stand apart from the world because He has made us beautifully. John 1:3 states, “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” God made all things, He created the most beautiful mountains and skylines but most importantly, He created you. He has a plan for you, your life, your testimony and ministry. Allow Him to fill you, allow Him to use you.

“In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:4-5

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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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As I was walking through campus the other day, chalked on the side of a cement wall was a phrase claiming the College Republican club on campus was a hate group. I don't know anything about the person who wrote this statement or anything about the College Republican group on campus, but I do know one thing: this statement is false.

Universities have become a breeding ground for intolerance.

Just because someone has a different opinion from you doesn't mean they are hateful. There is room for disagreement.

A psychology professor of mine once said something that impacted my perspective toward both political parties: "Both sides think they're right, but both sides can't be right." Both sides make decisions based on what they think is right. A person's opinion is not "wrong" if it differs from yours. It's just different.

It's important to recognize that people won't always agree with you, and that's okay. That doesn't give you the right to call them mean or hateful. It allows an entrance into discussion. Besides, if you want to persuade someone that your belief is more accurate, name calling won't get you anywhere. It will only cause the other person to view you as inconsiderate and unwilling to understand.

How can you convince someone to believe you when you won't listen to their perspective? How can you expect people to listen to you when you won't do the same in return? Not only is it important to recognize a person's beliefs, it's important to understand why they believe what they do.

In order for people to engage in productive dialogue, both sides need to listen to each other and respect each other. Tossing labels around progresses nowhere and doesn't benefit anyone.

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