Lately I feel like God is challenging me to be open to possibilities: open to buying a house or staying in our condo, open to living in another state or remaining here, open to working or staying home with my kids, open to having more children soon, later, never. Basically what he is asking is for me to trust Him and for me to be willing to go outside my comfort zone if that should be the right path.
Assuming you believe in God, you would probably answer the question do you trust Him with an easy yes. But what does trusting God really mean? Are we willing to let go of our plans and expectations for our life? Are we really willing to turn over the reigns if he asks us to? I don’t know about you, but my initial reaction is fear. Since I know God loves me and would not seek to hurt me or make me miserable, then why am I so afraid? It is scary to give up my sense of control, and I suppose I am afraid God may challenge me (to do things differently or be a better person than I’d really rather be) or that he might disagree with my oh so perfect plans (ok now Jennifer, which one of us can see the future, you or God?). So when God is calling me and I’m debating if I want to answer, I think back on the times when he’s guided the course of my life before, and the funny thing is that the times when I really do let go are when I feel the most free and at peace.
The best gifts God has given me over the years are the people he’s brought into my life. First, eleven years after I was born and as my mom was nearing 40- surprise, my brother came along. Right after my Grandpa passed away, all three of his daughters ended up pregnant. Coincidence? I think not. My Grandma loves grand kids, so it was a beautiful gift from him and God to help her through losing him. Each of those children have blessed our lives immensely, but having a brother was the most wonderful gift to my family that neither me nor my parents would have ever thought to ask for.
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