“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”
Proverbs 23:18 NIV
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Throughout my life, I have tried to plan my future with prayer and a great amount of thought about the best things to do to ensure success and happiness. Many times those plans had to be altered due to unforeseen circumstances. Accidents, mistakes, and other people or things can cause a person to take a detour or stop and regroup. Since I do not live in a safety bubble, I have learned the hard way that life can throw some terrible curve balls that really hurt my feelings and cause me to rethink my goals for myself.
I have always been “a people pleaser!” Whether that was good or bad, a blessing or a curse, I have not decided. However, I know within my heart that I truly intended for everyone with whom I interacted to know that they mattered a great amount to me. When I say I Love You, I am being sincere. For the past few years, I have felt at times I was not going in the right direction. God has protected me, provided for me, and allowed me to make mistakes and choices that were not good for me. Do not misunderstand. I am not blaming My Heavenly Father. He allows us freedom of choice even when it is a wrong choice. The important thing to remember is every choice I make has a consequence which can be rewarding or difficult. If I hurt someone, I cannot be happy or satisfied until I apologize and seek forgiveness.
I search for answers by reading God’s Word, praying without ceasing, and remembering to listen for HIS still quiet voice or tender reminders that HE IS IN CONTROL. My prayer always includes my praises for HIM, thanks for HIS Love, and a request that He allows me to take HIS Hand while He leads me on my journey.