devotion

When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

I’m a planner! A serious and dedicated planner.

I planned the birth of my first child…before I even had a mate.

I also planned my role on the PTA before that child was born.

I planned my career path, my type of husband, and I even planned where I would live.  (Hey, go hard or go home! Right?)

Fortunately, none of these events unfolded the way I planned: 

My first child was born ahead of my timeline. My husband’s daily life is not what I anticipated. I have lived in some interesting places, and the list goes on and on.

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author of The Best Yes, Unglued, Made to Crave, and 16 other books, and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries is back at it again with her brand new book, Uninvited.

In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection, including the incredibly painful childhood struggle of being abandoned by her father.

205876_1_ftcUninvited examines the roots of rejection, as well as its ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God.

With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa promises to help us:

  • Stop feeling left out by believing that even when we are overlooked by others we are handpicked by God.
  • Change our tendency to either fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process our hurt.
  • Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady our souls and restore our confidence in the midst of rejection.
  • Overcome the two core fears that feed our insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.

 

I’m Not The Type of Girl To Wait

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”  Psalm 27:14 (ESV)

There are many things I can do well:

Being organized. Bargain shopping (or any kind of shopping). Braiding my daughter’s hair with minimal bickering.

But waiting?

I’m pretty sure when God was handing out the gift of patience, I skipped right past that line for something else.

Blame it on being the baby of my family for twelve blissful years. Or perhaps it’s because of my notoriously headstrong streak which dates back to my toddler days.

Whatever it is – I’m a huge fan of when everything and everyone around me moves in sync with my timing, my plans, and my way of doing things.

The world just seems to flow better when I feel like I am the one in control of my life and my circumstances.

So to hear the word “WAIT”, it’s the equivalent of someone trying to snatch that control out of my firm grip.

And my initial response is to put up a fight…even if it means fighting with God.

Sunday Inspiration – Hearing God’s Call

If someone would have told me ten years ago, that I would spend my Saturday night…at a church…in front of a group of people….preaching – well, I probably would have laughed at them, thinking they were ABSOLUTELY crazy.

You see ten years ago church and God were the two furthest things from my mind and my heart.

I was more focused on finding love and chasing after a man because I thought that would be the key to my happiness and fulfillment.

Never had I imagined my real joy and purpose would come from sharing about my life’s journey.

Every time I stand in front of others to speak, I am reminded of God’s extreme grace and mercy. I’m also usually battling with my nerves and doubting my abilities and qualification.

25 Verses Every Woman Should Memorize

25 Verses Every Woman Should Memorize

I’ll never forget the day a minister at my church put me on the spot in front of the entire leadership team.  Everyone was getting ready to head home when out of nowhere he got the brilliant idea that we should take turns quoting one scripture verse.

Simple enough, right?

Well, I panicked. And instead of reciting my favorite scripture (Philippians 1:6), I awkwardly fumbled over a verse I thought would make me sound super deep and sanctified.

Big mistake!