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.
“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.
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.
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.
If you’ve been on social media for the past few years, chances are you’ve seen more than your share of challenges.
Like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014.
Or the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge of 2015.
More recently, there was the Snow Challenge which started trending during the Jonas Blizzard of January 2016. (If you haven’t seen this one, do yourself a favor and google it…then add everyone of those people to your prayer list!)
With the exception of A FEW, most of these challenges are dangerous and don’t serve a purpose other than gaining likes or views on social media.
So when I came across what I’m calling The Alphabet Challenge in Max Lucado’s bestseller “Before Amen: The Power of A Simple Prayer” I knew it could be a life changer for many.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.
Holiday parties. Family gatherings. Spending time with close friends and loved ones.
And of course, presents!
For many of us Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the giving and receiving of gifts.
But gifting can be tricky.