Sunday, December 12, 2010

Embrace the 'Messiness' : LIFE

I was recently asked what my five year plan was.

My answer? A laugh.

Five years? Hmm.. I guess I just know two things.. I'll be 28 and happy.

Seriously people, slow down. There's actually not a rush! I know that life is exciting and we live in a 'right now' society where we've all got about a million questions and only five answers. So what, embrace the messiness. And one way you can do that brings me to the point of this blog post. I want you to go buy a book...

No, I'm not talking about Post Secret where you can be rest assured that everyone else in this world has problems and issues just like you. This book is different-- it's a book that will literally pop you up out of bed in the morning and can transform a gray day into a beautiful one. The book is called Scriptures and Meditations for Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen. Sure, mornings are rushed but set your alarm three minutes early and read a page. I recently came across the one below and I thought it needed sharing, so here we go:

Trust God's Timing:

"Human nature tends to want everything right now. When we pray for our dreams to come to pass, we want them to be fulfilled immediately. But we have to understand, God has an appointed time to answer our prayers and bring our dreams to pass. And the truth is, no matter how badly we want it sooner, it's not going to change His appointed time.

When we misunderstand God's timing, we live upset and frustrated, wondering when God is going to do something. But when you understand God's timing, you won't live stressed out. You can relax knowing that God is in control, and at the "appointed time" He is going to make it happen. It may be next week, next year, or ten years from now. But whatever it is, you can rest assured it will be in God's timing.

God is not like an ATM machine, where you punch in right codes and receive what you requested. Prayers are not always answered within twenty-four hours. No, we will all have to wait and learn to trust God. The key is, are we going to wait with a good attitude and expectancy knowing God is at work whether we can see anything happening or not? We need to know that behind the scenes, God is putting all the pieces together. And one day, at the appointed time, you will see the culmination of everything that God has been doing.

God often works the most when we see it and feel it the least."

--Joel Osteen

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