Long ago, before kids, before marriage, before finishing college, I had many ideas of what my life would be like. I had things all planned out, what marriage was going to be like, how many kids I would have, what I would love to be doing, etc. I’m sure you have had many of thoughts too when you were younger of what your life was going to look like.
On Monday, (August 12th) my husband and I will are celebrating 18 years of marriage. Now to some, we are “just beginning”, to others we are pretty established. Either way, it got me thinking of how my life is NOTHING like I planned it.
Through the years as you learn to “let go” of your own ideas, your expectations, and your dreams and turn them over to God you see that the path you would of went down isn’t the path that God wanted all along.
As we were driving home from church yesterday, I’m amazed at all that God has stretched me to do. Learning to see God’s plan for your life isn’t always easy, it takes a lot prayer, searching God’s Word, and also faith to step out and do things that we never thought.
Here are some things I never had planned for my life:
Going to Bible College with my husband. (That was a big step of faith for us)
Becoming a Pastor’s Wife. (that was a BIG one for me) Really…..ME? I still feel like I’m in someone else’s shoes at times!
Home Schooling. Yup, I’ve even said “I will NEVER home school”. Never say never, God might have other plans.
Having 7 children. (#8 is on the way) Who knew? That was so NOT in my plans or my husbands either!
But you know……What I have learned over these past 18 years is that when I yield my life totally to God, it may not be what I had planned but it is what God had planned for me. God has my best interest at heart!
Knowing that I’m following what God wants me to do, brings comfort and peace. My life these past 18 years haven’t always been a bed of roses everyday, but there is a joy and happiness of seeing all that God has allow me to do and the opportunity of being a mom to so many little blessings.
Let me challenge you today. Let God guide and direct your life fully, from finances, children, where to work, where to live, what ministry,-every single area of your life. Let HIM have complete control and lead you in your decisions! No matter what age or stage of life your in. Give Him your life fully to do what He has planned for you. You will soon find out that it may not be the life YOU planned, but it will be the most happiest and fulfilled life you can imagine.
I can honestly say that this isn’t how I would of planned my life to turn out…….it’s actually far better than any dream I would of come up with!