Monday, July 22, 2013

Roll With The Punches



"Just roll with the punches."

Sure.  I'd love to!  That doesn't mean it's easy.  And it doesn't mean I don't get frustrated.  

When I look at my dreams, I see where I am now and I remember where I expected to be this time last year.  They don't totally match up.  In many ways I feel like I've let myself down and begin to wonder if I could have - or should have - tried harder.  I wonder why I'm not closer to what I envision in my dreams.  I question if I'm really supposed to be on this path I'm following.  I wonder how many others I've let down.  

Um, hang on...something's wrong here...this isn't who I am...

...well hello there, Satan.  I knew I recognized you.  You would creep into the picture and try to put negative thoughts into my head.  SHUT UP WITH YOUR LIES!!!

The truth is: 
I'm EXACTLY where I'm supposed to be in my journey.  
I've made mistakes and I'm constantly learning from them.  
I'm proud of myself for not giving up... because this has been REALLY HARD at times.
I've encouraged others not to give up on their dreams.
Good things take time and there's not a quick fix that really lasts.
For the most part I've remained patient.  :)
I've created so many new, good habits that have become part of my life.
I'm much more aware of attacks from the Enemy.
I'm growing stronger in my walk with God.
I'm gaining confidence in myself and my abilities.
My faith keeps growing.
Everything that happens is part of God's awesome plan for me.
Oh, and I'm not God and I don't know the ending.


I love how Proverbs 3:5-12 sounds in The Message version of the Bible:
(Read the New King James version here.)

"Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    He’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
    Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
    your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
    give Him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
    your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
    don’t sulk under His loving correction.
It’s the child He loves that God corrects;
    a Father’s delight is behind all this."

So I will GLADLY roll with the punches because this life was given to me by God and I am honored and blessed to live it!

4 comments:

  1. I love this! It's a reminder I really needed to hear today as I struggle with some pretty big "what if" thoughts. Thank you!

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    1. YAY! That thrills my heart, Tiffany! I'm really glad it helped you!!!!

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  2. This was just what I needed to read, just when I needed to read it. Thank you for posting!

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    1. That's GREAT to hear, Patriccus!!!! I'm so glad God brought you to it when you needed it most. He's pretty amazing that way!!! Have a blessed day!!

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