Friday, March 6
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
This scripture is important to me as it helps me to understand that there is a plan, even if you don't see it right ahead of you.
I'm sure everyone can think of times where God has really come to light and impacted their lives. I did not grow up in church and did not really discover God until early adolescence. My mother was dating my now stepfather, who's father was a Presbyterian Youth Minister. We called him Pop, and Pop was my first introduction to church. I loved him and admired him very much and was so happy that my mother found this amazing family that welcomed us with open arms.
When I was a young teenager, 13 years old, I struggled with problems, as most teenagers do, with insecurities and peer pressure, and I was not going in a positive direction. At that point in time, if your parents were divorced, you got to choose who you wanted to live with when you turned 13 years old. I was at the point where I got to make the choice, to either stay with my mother or go to live with my father. If I stayed with my mother, I would continue down this negative path, and my parents would continue to argue. Also, I felt that my mother's boyfriend loved her very much but was nervous to marry her because she had a teenage daughter. I knew that if I moved in with my father, it would solve a lot of financial problems, and that there was a good chance my mother would marry into this amazing family that I was so hoping we could be a part of.
I prayed very hard for help with my adult decision that I had to make as a young girl. Ultimately, I chose to move in with my father because I felt like it was the best decision. I really think God helped me through that very tough time when I needed strength.
Really getting to know your father for the first time, as a teenage girl, is no easy task, but in the end, it turned out to be the very best thing for my family. It's my testimony that I truly believe God has a plan for each and everyone of us. We may not feel it at the times we are making tough decisions, but if you pray for the right path, it will come to light in some way.
Dear Lord, I thank you for your guidance and I truly appreciate the many blessings you have provided to me and my family. I will continue to follow the path you lead for me. Amen