We all create these lists. List of our dreams, goals, and aspirations. Lists of what we want in a man or woman. Lists of the type of house and cars we want. Lists, for this and that, but what happens when God gives us somethings or someone, but they just don’t match the list?
Do we turn our face towards heaven and say, "God, I know you sent this but I'm sending it back because you didn't check my list right."
Or, do we say, "God I'm going to keep this until You send me exactly what I asked you for."
Sounds selfish right; But can you admit you've been selfish and self-centered when it comes to your good pleasure?
I promise, I have been there before.
As a matter of fact, still there. I’m at a place where what I want doesn’t align with what God is willing to give. I have enough sense not to be selfish because God could take everything away.
So, How do I handle it? I’m glad you asked.
I allow God to do His great work and I practice the art of being still and reminding myself that He is God. I've also mastered the art of being content.
Wow! That’s something right there.
We can always see infractions in what we have, and adjust through prayer. But it's a mess getting something new thinking the infractions will be few, but instead they are magnified. Make this plain Danyelle. The grass may look greener on the other side, but the grass may just be fake.
Bless God for what He has given, and look at what you have through your spiritual eyes.
I’m sure that when we pray for His will to be done in heaven and on earth, that includes in our lives.
And whether you believe it or not, God’s will is always what’s best for our lives. So during this season, enjoy what He has for you. Get rid of the old lists because most are made based upon emotions, past hurts, and vain desires.
Pray and ask God to ignite your faith to believe what He has for you, is what you desire for yourself. Then determine His will and way will make your life more than complete.
I promise, this train of thought will take some of that stress out of your lives.
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Sheila regretted telling Jake he could see Ziyan. She knew how important it was for a boy to be with his father and no matter how horrible Jake had been to her; he was still Ziyan’s father. Sheila believed he deserved to be in their sons’ life whether she wanted him to or not. Nevertheless, she had better sense than to allow Jake to visit at her house so she arranged for him to meet them after church at her mother’s house. When she turned the corner, she could see his red car from down the street.
Jake was there waiting and on time. She knew her being late probably had him boiling like a pot of gumbo. There was a time when she would have been scared but ever since she’d divorced Jake, she’d been carrying a twenty-two safely tucked in her purse. She kept it where Ziyan would never go and she was not afraid to use it on Jake if she had too. When she bought the gun, she couldn’t help but be afraid of it. She had never thought she would need a gun, especially for the man she loved. As she approached the driveway, she could see the frustration in his eyes.
Hurt mixed with anger and remorse was all over his face. Jake had been a good man whenever he wasn’t drinking but he seemed to have been drinking every chance he got. There was something about alcohol that had him hooked. He didn’t drink much when they dated but the stress of law school had been his excuse for his excessive drunkenness. She prayed many days for things to go back like they were. The memories of how things had been after the night they met were forever etched in her mind.