When I got married, I had most of my life planned out. I was to be happily married, always. We would purchase a home and have a couple of kids. I would work at the church until I was old enough to retire and serve my days in ministry before the Lord. But sometimes our life plan changes, and when it does, we are often thrown for a loop. We hold onto the plans we made with a firm grip, but when we do, it’s hard to surrender to what God has for us.We hold onto the plans we made with a firm grip, but when we do, it's hard to surrender to what God has for us. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet
I was sitting and reflecting on today’s word prompt, and this phrase came to me. Sometimes we become frozen in time when the road takes a different turn. We are in shock, sad perhaps, unable to move and sometimes resistant of change. But God says to “Walk forward in faith and look for beauty along the way.” As we settle into our new normal, we can rest assured that God has laid the path before us. He is with us, even though we may not understand and He will make the way clear.As we settle into our new normal, we can rest assured that God has laid the path before us. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet
I’ve been married for 29 years, but we’ve had our fair share of trouble. But the beauty is that we are committed to one another. There are moments of tenderness among the stress and worry and in those moments I see the beauty of a marriage centered on Christ.
We did own a home, for 16 years, but when my husband lost his job several years ago we had to sell it in order to avoid foreclosure. It was a hard season, but the Lord has brought us to a wonderful, large home to rent. It’s big enough for all of us (9 total) and the landlord rented it to us while my husband was still unemployed. Matter of fact, he’s kept the rent well below market value. We are truly blessed!
We had our two kids, and then six years later, we had two more. Not in our plan, but most definately in God’s plan. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We have two sets of children (2 adults and 2 teens), and two grandbabies. Now that’s beauty!
I loved my job at the church, which I held for 10+ years. I felt it was calling in life. But it didn’t last and although it was a very hard a confusing season, I am finally learning to embrace the beautiful place he’s brought me to work. My boss is a loving and compassionate person and my co-workers are caring and fun to be with. And I LOVE our clients! I can honestly say I love to get up in the morning and go to work. I see beauty every day as I use my gifts to glorify Him.
God has been good to me, despite many twists and turns along the way. I am learning to look for beauty and embrace it with eyes wide open.I am learning to look for beauty and embrace it with eyes wide open. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet
And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
651. Quiet morning reflections.
652. New books for review.
653. Renewed energy for my husband.
654. Soft serve ice cream.
655. I make my plans, but the Lord directs my steps.
656. Comfort in times of trouble.
657. No longer in chains. I am FREE!
658. The blessing of a new computer!
659. Little pumpkins that fit perfectly in my grandson’s hands.
660. Being driven around town by my 17 year old.
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