Why Life Shouldn't Just Go 'Your Way'

Why Life Shouldn't Just Go 'Your Way'

Is my way the best way?

In life, we have disappointment, heartbreak, confusion, loneliness, pain, and sometimes it feels as though nothing is going our way.

Our lives feel stripped. Stripped of its seemingly most important qualities. How can we go on without these layers? We are left only with the core. What is this core? It's you.

When you feel as though everything is taken away from you, you are left with the opportunity to intentionally add layers onto your life. These layers can secure the core person you want to be. Sometimes being stripped allows us to see what our core really looks like and gives us a new chance to say yes to the things in life that make us better and make us happy.

Through hard times in my life, I found myself asking, 'Why can't things just go my way?' Have you had this thought cross your mind before?

It always seems as though we become bombarded with these situations. It never seems to just be one thing; life has a way of piling more on than we can handle and it seems as though everything breaks at the same time.

There is a secret we must hear in order to gain perspective. Listen carefully and share.

Live your life trusting God's way rather than asking why things aren't going your way.

God's way is much better. He has so much in store for you. He knows who you are and what you are in need of. He will provide and take care of you. His love for you is inescapable.

When I learned to relax and let my guard down in the arms of our God, I found that I don't need life to always go my way. He makes beautiful things out of dust. After all, he did make you.

You are wonderfully and perfectly made and your life does not need a plan. Be still and know that your God is there for you. He will never leave you. Invite him to be a part of your everyday life. You will find that his path for you may lead you in unexpected directions but that they lead to beautiful places.

I know what it is like to feel like nothing is going your way. Know you are not alone. You can't let the situations life throws in your face define you. There's hope. Things will get better.

There is a metaphor I would like to share with you. One day a little boy was with his dad walking down the street. They saw a candy shop and stopped inside to look around. The young boy was no taller than the first shelf of but he did spot a lollipop. "I want that!" the boy exclaimed as he pointed and jumped. His father looked at him and said that he couldn't have it. The boy immediately started crying and flailing his arms. It wasn't fair. Little did the boy know, however, that the reason his father had said no was because there was an even bigger, swirled rainbow lollipop on the top shelf. God works in this kind of way. He sees what is best for us and has better things in store for us than we have for ourselves. Trust in him.

Live your life being OK with things not always going your way. Live your life being grateful that God is there and that he has great plans in store for you.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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