Have you ever played the “what if” game?
You know, what if things worked out with (insert name of random ex here)?
What if I made the wrong decision in switching jobs?
What if I waited to do things God’s way?
What if I missed my only chance to pursue my dreams?
I hate playing the what if game, because I always end up loosing:
I lose my peace. I lose my joy. I lose hours of sleep. I lose it all when my mind starts wandering into the endless possibility of what ifs.
I’m guessing you’ve had your share of losses playing the what if game as well.
Letting go of the past, no matter how dysfunctional or damaging it may have been, is never an easy process…even for us super-faith girls.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
Here we go. Two thousand eighteen!
With a few days under our belts already, you can still sense the excitement and anticipation for what will unfold in the coming months.
After all, with the New Year comes fresh hope and a much welcomed chance to start all over.
Everything and everyone around us pumps up our hearts with positivity, so much so that we’re just oozing with confidence that this year will finally be OUR year:
Our year to meet and marry our prince charming.
Our year to start a family.
Our year to see our business boom.
Our year when all our dreams become our picture perfect reality.
In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Isaiah 12:4-5 (NIV)
It’s Thanksgiving Day, and that can only mean one thing. Get ready to have your taste buds salivating all day (and night) as your family and friends share snapshots of their dinner and desserts up and down your news feeds.
There’ll be pictures. Videos. Memes. All showcasing the turkey, trimmings, and treats that will fill homes and stomachs all across America today.
We’ll see and read all about what’s happening in places near and far. It’s part of the delight of living in the age of social media.
But instead of only sharing what’s on our dinner plates, this year, why don’t we share something more meaningful with our networks.
“But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
Cue the violins…and…action:
“Ok Roxanne…wait, what day of the week is it again?
Oh thank God, it’s Saturday!
Ugh, but it’s only 5:30am. I should go back to bed.
I can get up around 7 o’clock. Do at least one load of laundry. Get to the hair salon by 8am. Hopefully be finished by 10am.
Then I’ll go straight to Costco. Return home. Finish the rest of the laundry. Clean the house. Iron my daughter’s uniforms for the upcoming school week.
*Insert deep sigh*
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalm 34: 23-24
“Thank you for getting back to us. We will need your final answer by 10am EST on Monday. Have a great weekend.”
Have a great weekend?
With only 72 hours to figure out my next move, I knew my weekend would be anything but great. Faced with what would be a life altering decision, I immediately began to panic:
Should I take this opportunity?
Was this God answering my prayer? Maybe it’s the enemy trying to set me up for disaster?
What if I take this chance and things don’t work out, then what?
I knew I couldn’t move forward without praying. But every time I tried to pray, it felt like God was busy responding to someone else’s requests.