Thy Will Be Done….

For as long as I can remember, my mother has always said, “God didn’t promise that all our days would be easy”.

I believe her.

I know it’s true.

I know all things will work together for my good in the end (Romans 8:28).

What I don’t believe is that I always have to like what’s happening. Some things are painful to go through. Some things don’t make sense. It doesn’t mean I don’t trust God. It just means I’m human and it hurts!

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Alternate Routes Are Sometimes Blessings

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Yesterday, on the way to an important meeting, I missed my exit. I was upset because my GPS previously indicated I would be ten minutes late. Now, I had to take an alternate route to get to my destination. I just knew I would now arrive even later.

After my initial whining and “why, God?”, I looked at my GPS and realized the alternate route put me on course to arrive ON TIME.
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Weekly Devotion: When You Don’t Know What To Do – Surrender

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Most of 2015, there was a specific thing my husband and I prayed for. We spoke it, and believed God would do it in 2016. Well, it happened, BUT it does not look anything like we imagined.

I think God has a sense of humor because He gave us what we wanted, or so we thought. We didn’t count the cost of what it would mean for this thing to happen. We didn’t think through what our life would look like if it happened.
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Life Is Like a Rollercoaster: Two Reasons You Should Not Worry

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Life is a roller coaster. You can either scream every time you hit a bump, or you can throw your hands up and enjoy the ride.
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In September, I screamed EVERY time I hit a bump. At the end of EVERY situation, I screamed for nothing because EVERY time it worked out.

God didn’t promise me my life would be trouble free. He did promise me two things.

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He Loves Me Anyway

But you love me anywayToday potentially could have ended in a bad way.

Although I did not like what happened, I had peace throughout the day because I know that no matter what, God loves me.

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The Heart of the Matter

What God Knows QuoteIn recent months, I have had a difficult time dealing with a certain person.

My inability, and lack of desire, to interact with this person began to cause an issue with a person I am at peace with.

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Giving Thanks: A Lifestyle Not a Holiday

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Thanksgiving was a few days ago and I read so many messages from people sharing what they were thankful for. I think it is sad though that Thanksgiving is the only time some stop to count their blessings.

It is so easy to get caught up in the details of life, careers, children, family, relationships, finances, etc that our vision becomes clouded and we can’t see the testimony in our test, the message in our mess, the blessing in our burdens, the sunshine in our struggles or the calm in our chaos.

I was guilty of this just Friday. Fresh out of giving thanks the day before, I woke up complaining to my husband about a situation we were going to encounter over the weekend.

The situation had not yet happened, but I was already complaining. I had already made up in my mind that the situation was a burden. Before I became too worked up and frustrated, I had to stop and challenge myself to see the blessing in the situation.

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Count Your Blessings, Not Your Problems!

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This morning I learned of a young man who made a post on a social media site and less than three hours later he was dead in a senseless act of violence. I am certain when he made that post he had no idea he would be dead a few hours later.

That made think about how we can sometimes take life for granted. We hold grudges, stop talking to people, and end relationships many times over something minor. Is whatever you are upset or offended about worth you missing precious moments with someone you love? Probably not!

Many times, hurting people hurt people. That person who hurt you is probably hurting. Maybe your act of love, forgiveness, phone call, apology or whatever will be the bridge to their healing.

Would you be devastated or have regrets, if you learned now that the person you are not communicating with had passed away? If so, it is time to redirect the energy used ignoring, dodging, and not forgiving to forgiving, loving and healing.

It may sound cliché, but tomorrow really is not promised to any of us. We sometimes think we have all the time in the world because of our age, but young people die every day. Someone did just this morning. Life and relationships are too precious to sweat the small stuff. Count your blessings, not your problems! Once you do, you may find you have more to be grateful for than thought.

I recently heard it said, “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?” If that were the case, how much would you have when you woke up?

I would love to say I would have a lot, but I would be lying. I sometimes take it for granted that I have a husband who loves me, a roof over my head, food to eat, clothes to wear, a healthy child, good health, two vehicles in good condition, money to pay my bills, and so on. Someone is praying for the blessings we take for granted.

Years ago, I started a gratitude journal and every day I had to write in it one thing I was grateful for. Each day I would review what I wrote the previous days so I was always reminded what was going right in my life. Maybe I need to go back to that.

I encourage you to stop right now and count your blessings. If you want, comment below and share them with the world. If you think you don’t have anything to count, you are alive and that in itself is a blessing and a gift.

Be encouraged and remember, “All things work together for good to them who love the Lord.” Romans 8:28

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Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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