When my daughter was hit by a car, two angels clothed in human skin came to her rescue, reminding me we can always find grace in our bitter places. A car full of young guys listening to blaring music couldn’t brake in time and knocked Camilla and another girl down in the street. But while the girls struggled to get up, an elderly couple got out of their vehicle and said, “We’re taking you to the hospital right now.” [Read more…]
My prayer life gets derailed often, so I need all the encouragement I can get. My busy schedule can turn prayer into a quick, routine whisper asking God to bless my day, and sometimes not seeing the answers I long for discourages me. Yet recently I experienced a mini-revolution in my prayer life, and it wasn’t because my schedule opened up for longer prayer times or because I received a miraculous answer I hoped for.
Instead my mini-revolution came straight from reading Scripture.
Have you ever been disappointed when it seems like God closes a door? It’s hard to trust God and wonder what He’s up to at the same time, isn’t it?
A few years ago, my family received disheartening news. My son had dared to apply to a highly competitive university, number one in the nation for his field of study. He worked hard to fill out the application, take extra tests, write multiple essays, and even go to an interview. We knew only 8% of the top students in the nation could be accepted, yet we were still crushed when he received notification that they’d be unable to offer him admission.
Usually optimistic and positive, my son grieved the loss of his dream, and my mom’s heart was bruised at seeing him so disappointed. He’d worked hard, seemingly for nothing. It seemed so unfair that I couldn’t help but ask God, “What are you doing?”
The next day I told my sob story to a friend over coffee. Her response surprised me: [Read more…]
Sometimes life brings circumstances you didn’t plan or hope for, and how do you handle it when God changes your plan?
I’m an organizer by nature. I love to make plans and to-do lists. But 9 times out of 10, my plans don’t turn out quite as I expect. I might be skipping through my day making progress on my projects when God allows a change in my situation:
- The car breaks down.
- A child gets sick.
- I get an emergency phone call.
I’m sure these things happen to you too, and I hate to admit sometimes I get bent out of shape when things don’t go according to my plan. But I’m growing and trying to learn to adjust my expectations and accept each day as it comes.
We may not like the small setbacks that crop up in our day, but we can trust God’s plan. We can trust Him to use those little disturbances to form Christ in us. I want to let go of my agenda graciously when God sends an interruption my way.
Sometimes God changes more than our agenda for the day.
Do you ever feel like the heat of a bad moment overwhelms you? You know in your head you need to stop and remember the presence of Christ when a problem hits, but it’s hard to actually do it in real life. If you’re like me, you might let a flat tire, empty bank account, or doctor’s appointment set off a broken record of negative talk in your mind and on your tongue.
Recently I went to a marriage seminar where I discovered I have an unhealthy thinking pattern: magnifying my problems. In other words, I make mountains out of molehills. Sometimes I allow one small mishap to ruin my whole day, or I let my whole life revolve around one problem. [Read more…]