Friday, December 11
I can remember the times that as a teenager when I was not allowed to go to church. My heart ached for opportunity to worship God, for the fellowship of my church family, but whenever I asked my parents if I could go to church, sadly enough the answer was no. I remember those lonely days and the tears that I cried, but God was faithful through this time of my life.
I also remember a time when I could not decide if I should return to college or continue taking piano lessons. I made the decision and placed this dream of playing the piano on hold as I pursued a college education.
These are just two examples of dilemmas that I faced. As I look back over my life, I can see God's gentle hand guiding me. God truly was preparing me for what I am today. Those lonely days made me realize that God is always with me. What I thought was a sacrifice of not playing the piano, God has blessed me to play this instrument today. My education and career are now a blessing because I am able to work as we continue to follow after God's plan.
Your life is a series of chapters, but God is the author; God is faithful! Just put your trust in God because he knows what is best for you!
Tuesday, December 8
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If you have lived long enough and you are honest with yourself, at some point in your life you have felt those ugly envy pains. You may have even uttered the words, "Oh, if I had her life, I would be so happy." God knows what is best for you and you are living a life according to His plan and purpose. I like what Lysa Terkeurst says in her book Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl:
"I am not equipped for her good.
I am not equipped for her bad.
I am not equipped to carry the weight of her victories.
I am not equipped to shoulder her burdens.
I am not equipped to be her in any way.
I am, however, perfectly equipped to be me.
Therefore, thank You, God, for only entrusting me with what I have and who I am."
When you view it from this perspective, you realize just how blessed you are to be you!