All Things New: God’s Plan

Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

The weekend for me was fun, crazy and a little anxious. I had/have a series of life changing events happening in my life and needed these three beautiful woman to ground me while I go through this exciting yet anxious time in my life.

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Each one of these young woman have such a way to ground me. They teach me to slow down in life, let go of my worries and enjoy every minute of it. This weekend we had some great chats around a fire and under the meteoroid showers, reminiscing on the good old days. I haven’t laughed that hard in a very long time! It is always so much fun playing the “remember when” game. I just love these girls and am so unbelievably blessed I was able to spend the weekend with them.

These girls are my twins inside and out. They dare me to take risks in life and enjoy the ride. Whenever we get together I feel I dream more about life than when we are apart. I’m very blessed to have friends who can continue to make me reach for the stars.

I have to share these cute pictures of a puppy on Jessica’s farm! He is just too cute not to share.

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Anyways, back to All Things New. 🙂

Now that I am in the growing up stages of my life I have a confession to make…….I don’t want to grow up anymore! I don’t want responsibilities, I don’t want bills and I don’t want to make decisions!

But guess what, it is a part of life and I have to get used to it.

For me, I worry and stress about not being responsible enough, not being able to pay bills and if I make the wrong decision in the end. But Francis Chan in “Crazy Love” teaches about worry and stress. He explains that none of us can plan our life in years. We don’t know what could happen tomorrow or even today. We need to live every day for God in His path for us!

When we worry, it implies we don’t quite trust God is big enough, powerful enough or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.

When we stress, it implies the things we are involved in are important enough to merit impatience and lack of grace in each other.

I am guilty for both worrying and stressing. I just bought a very nice vehicle which has caused my stress to raise the roof. My loving parents were kind enough to join me at the car dealership during this big decision. They couldn’t believe how hard it was for me to make this decision to spend money on a new vehicle. But for me, it’s more than just the money. It’s also about the need for a nice vehicle. There are many people in this world that can’t afford the car I did have and here I was trading my already nice car in for a bigger and better one. Did I really need it? I am told I should be enjoying this fun time in my life, but instead my stomach hurts knowing the check will cash today.

Tyler and I are also moving into a bigger apartment on Friday. I stress I won’t be able to pay for the increased rent on top of a new vehicle. And again, we are trading in an already nice apartment that many people can’t afford for an even bigger and better one. Do we really need it?

Instead of enjoying and being excited about these new things in my life, I am worrying and stressing and not enjoying them what so ever. But that is where I need to take a step back and realize God is allowing these upgrades in my life for a reason.

I woke up this morning and realized again, Life is all about God. Not all about me. It’s a lesson we all have to relearn over and over again.

When we stress and worry we aren’t trusting God or His plan for us.

You want to know how He comes through in this time of worry for me? God also blessed me with a new job promotion within my company. This new job will allow me to do what I love, write. It will allow me to enjoy my job and afford all these new things in my life.

This morning, I needed to slow down, take a few deep breaths and know these upgrades in my life are all part of the plan God has for me. Even though I wonder if a new vehicle and a new apartment are completely necessary I was blessed with them by God. It is now my job to use these objects, these worldly materials in my life, to show others the glory of God. When we put our trust in him, we shouldn’t worry or stress, but have complete faith that what is happening in our life is for the good of God.

As I drive my new vehicle, move into my new apartment and begin my new job, God will be there with me always.

I hope as you walk away from this post this morning, you can set your worries and stresses aside and remember Philippians 4:4 & 6-7:

Philippians 4:4 –

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Philippians 4:6-7 –

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Let God take your stress and worries from your chest. Allow him to work miracles through you on this beautiful day and be gracious for all of these material items God has given you in this life.
Questions of the day:
  • What are some things you worry about?
  • How do you feel God helping you overcome that stress and worry?

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