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Embracing the Journey: Navigating Life's Twists and Turns with Faith and Resilience

I was hoping this new season of life would be easy. In my mind, I had convinced myself it would be. New place. New start. It was going to be great. Boy was I hit with reality -  just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s going to happen like I wanted it to. The side of me that wants to have control is not happy. I like things to happen on my time and to happen fast. But good things don’t often happen fast. It’s a slow climb. And more often than not it can feel like two steps forward - three steps back. There is nothing fast about success or good things for that matter. 

Recently I have been questioning God why am I back in school?  Why the heck did I choose the panhandle of Texas? What is the purpose of this new season? Things are not happening like I want them to.  It feels like my wheels are spinning and I'm not moving forward. Honestly, I’ve lost sight of my goal. I still have it in the back of my mind but amid life happening it has felt distant and my mind has begun to wander.

 Once again I am reminded good things don’t typically happen fast. It’s not how the world works. And it’s not how our God works. Good things can’t happen if we aren’t 110% trusting in him and buying into what he has put in our hearts and the path he has us on. When we pray and ask for guidance or provision- he doesn’t want us to downplay what has been placed on our hearts. We are to trust in him and pray boldly. Prayers that may seem outrageous when they come out of your mouth. Prayers that leave no room for doubt. We can't leave room for the devil to sneak in and make you begin to question why you are on the mission you are on. Be bold in your faith and trust him 110%. Leave no room for doubt.

We are not called to question what seasons God has placed us in or the convictions he puts on our hearts. Boy oh boy is that a hard one. It’s a lot easier to type it all out than to stop and do a self-evaluation and realize - I’ve been doubting and questioning. That’s been me. I'm questioning the path that I’m on. When I think about it there is truly no explanation for where I am other than God put it on my heart and slowly everything has played out. I have tried fighting it, finding loopholes and other options, and running away. About anything you can think of - it's crossed my mind. I've considered joining the circus some days. Which still wouldn't help anything. And as I make myself take a timeout and look back on the last few months there have been so many great things that have happened. I am not where I thought I'd be at this moment. Life certainly doesn’t look like what I thought it would. And things haven't happened nearly as fast as I want them to. But it’s a good thing. If they happened like I wanted them to - there would be no room to enjoy the small moments. There would be no time for random adventures and certainly, I wouldn’t make room to stop for the in-between moments God placed on my heart and the good things that have happened in those small moments. 

The truth is I don’t like being slow.  If the world ran on Jaysie time, It would happen fast, and onto the next project we'd go. No stopping. But it’s a good thing it doesn’t work that way. And I'm glad we serve a God who doesn’t stop loving us when we fall astray or start to question him. It may be some tough love we receive back. But he never stops loving us. If you're in the spot of questioning where you're at and why you're in this season, whatever it may be,  you’re not alone. I am not sure why we all start to feel so isolated. It’s a world-class tactic the devil loves to use.

This week has been a struggle. Some great things are happening. But I’ve been far too caught up in the little stuff to stop and notice the big picture and just how far I've come this year. When I step back and look at the big picture - life is good. I have good people in my corner and good people around me. There’s no need to get caught up in the pointless inconveniences of life. It won’t do any good. One thing most people know about me is I hate the winter. I really hate it. I don’t like being cold and I sure don’t like the short days. It makes it hard to find the good when it feels like the days go by too fast and it’s too cold to be comfortable in anything. But when I look past that - life is good. I remind myself of that every day. And some days I probably need to make myself write it a thousand times. This once again is a season that comes every year and every year I have to dig deep and remind myself this too will pass.

Trusting through the seasons of life is hard. There’s nothing easy about it. It’s a learned skill. You don’t just wake up with it. The trust you had to begin the new season you're in- it will be tested. And you will have to dig deeper than you ever thought possible. And then one day you realize you need to stop and look around at just how far you came when you didn’t think you could go anymore. It’s an incredibly hard thing. But it is a beautiful thing to stop and look at just how far you’ve come. You may not be where you want to be. Don't let that stop you from looking for the good in this season God has you in. Stop and look at the little moments and smile at those minor inconveniences. In the big picture of life what seemed like huge inconveniences and a complete failure of a moment was just a little setback. That inconvenience won’t stop what God has placed in your heart and mind. Put your mind at ease. God knew our minds and the battles we would face long before we were around. Plus, he's already taken into account our stupidity.

 I hope you can be encouraged and know we are all in this together! Life isn't always peaches and cream. But there is still so much to be grateful for. 

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I sure am proud of you! Yes, God has you and as long as you keep him in the center he will see you through!! Love ❤️ you big. Missing you too

Teresa Tilghman

I love reading your posts. You are a very special person and I believe God has great things in store for you.

Jill George

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