Let’s Do This !!!

 

 

Just make plans … God has a funny way of taking them and creating all new avenues, detours, intersections, trails, paths! I learned this quickly having three loved ones in my immediate family suffer from cancer, as well as a one hundred year old grandmother who suffered from old age. They have all recently passed, all four within five years; but I now recognize God’s hand in my life; He constantly tells me who is in charge-lest I forget!

And I do-forget! Having taught school for thirty-seven years, making lesson plans daily, weekly, and long-range plans by the month gave me the false certainty that my daily work-a-day life was solidly in my control. Control slipped into my home life, relationship life, family life. Making decisions have always come quickly for me … not all wise nor cooperative decisions. Sound like I am blaming my profession for my control issues-probably. In truth, my God-given strong-willed personality traits have been present since birth. Sound like I am blaming You, Lord, for my control issues-probably. You and I have had many a giggle over yet another situation gone awry because of my stubbornness. Looking up at You I have said with a grin, “You made me this way!” Your chuckle, Lord, came freely and lovingly; with a grin even wider than mine!

Do You think this will of mine will ever lose its strength? I haven’t seen signs of it yet. I am aware more often of my insistence on my way being the only sensible way. I can trace my ‘head-strong-ed-ness’ all the way back to my should have been precious first eighteen months, holding my breath until I passed out; I do really remember one time Mother quickly dragged me to the sink to splash cold water on my face to shock me into breathing! Can you imagine a young twenty-five year old new mother faced with such a child? I have no idea what I would have done; but war between my will and the child’s will would surely have ensued. Enough of a reason for my not being blessed with a child of my own to rear; handling myself has been enough of a challenge!

Go with the flow is a saying here in the South; but what is achieved there? Surely with a little hard work and perseverance I could propel myself upstream! Wouldn’t that prove myself worthy of a job well done? Or is the point, giving into the current and letting it take me quicker and faster than I could ever travel on my own? Of course the latter is what You, Dear Lord, have been trying to get through my thick head for so many years. Blame has no place in the situation; letting go and flowing through life is the gift You’ve offered over and over. Seems like it’s a NO brainer; but it’s the ON brainer I need to turn off!

Is there a time down the line You see me getting the message, Lord? Aren’t You just as frustrated with me as I get with me? But You don’t give up! Seems the easy thing would be for You to walk away. But You don’t. I am so not worthy of Your devotion. Thank You, Lord, my Heavenly Father, for loving me no matter what! I ask for Your prayers; Yours surely are much stronger than mine. I love you, Jan

 

And lest I forget … You’ve Got the Whole World In Your Hands …

 

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

A traditional American spiritual, first published in 1927

 

He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

 
He’s got the itty bitty baby in His hands
He’s got the itty bitty baby in His hands
He’s got the itty bitty baby in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

 
He’s got a-you and me brother in His hands
He’s got a-you and me brother in His hands
He’s got a-you and me brother in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

 
He’s got a-you and me sister in His hands
He’s got a-you and me sister in His hands
He’s got a-you and me sister in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

 
He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

 

 

Life is not happening to you. Life is responding to you. ~Author Unknown

 

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf. ~Jon Kabat-Zinn

 
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk. ~Doug Larson

 

“Silent” and “listen” are spelled with the same letters. ~Author unknown

 

You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.  Originally posted by Spiritualgangster

 

Whatever comes, let it come. Whatever stays, let it stay. Whatever goes, let it go.  Originally posted by Funnsmile

 

Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch. ~Ramona C. Carroll

 

Faith enables persons to be persons because it lets God be God. ~Carter Lindberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trace

2 thoughts on “Let’s Do This !!!”

  1. Jan it’s not what you have been given it’s what you do with it. You are who you are and you are beautiful, why second guess your actions when you can use them to move forward.

  2. Oh, Mel … You are kind. I know you’re right. I do believe that weaknesses become strengths. I just get tired of making the same mistakes over and over. You know? When will I get it right? I am my own worst critic … always have been. I expect so much of others … but even MORE from myself. : ( Gotta let things go … let ’em be … relax … you know?

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