June's Lessons from God

Have you ever realized that life doesn't always go as planned? I'm sure my husband would tell you that I have a type A personality. (Whatever that really means!) I guess it means that I like to be planned and calculated. I like to think ahead. I like to create systems and work linearly instead of in circles. Point A to point B to point C. No zigzagging. No spinning wheels. I even do this on vacation.

Well, I think I'm getting better at my vacation planning. I am learning to go with the flow....but with some ideas in mind, of course 😜

During this past vacation, my ideas were just that. They were just ideas. More than 1/2 of them did not materialize but that was a blessing in disguise.

I was just there.

Living in the moment!

A husband, three daughters, full time job, ministry and organizations. Trying to keep everything afloat is sometimes a challenge. Every now and then God finds a way to slow us down and quiet our spirits.

Instead of running and writing last week, I spent my time fully engaged in my daughter's gymnastics camp. Here's what 'living in the moment' reminded me:

  • Even strong people need love, support, and encouragement! At times, we look at the outside shell of the people around us and pre-judge their needs. Without asking, we determine from a basic look who needs our help and who doesn't. Regardless of what it looks like from the outside, we must remember that "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up." Even if it doesn't look like there's a need, offer a shoulder for someone to lean on. Give a helping hand. Speak a word of encouragement.
  • Take the breaks off! There are times when we fail to meet our full potential because we walk in fear. We fear failure. We fear success. We fear rejection. We forget that "... God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." Instead of shrinking back and away from the things God has specifically called you to, walk confidently into and within your destiny. 
  • You belong right where you are! Often times, we fail to see ourselves the way God sees us. We judge our worth against the perceived worth we place on others. The reality is that we all have our own worth and should only view ourselves through the lens that God uses to view us. "God created man in His own image..." God adores you just the way you are. God has allowed you to be exactly where you are. Embrace your place! 
What lessons have you learned recently?

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