Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday's Devo: Relax!

When you plan a weekend with a friend months in advance and work so hard to carve out the best time....and hours before it all comes together, it appears to be spontaneously combusting from illness, evaporating babysitting arrangements, missed flights, airport delays, and ice....what else is there to do but RELAX?! Resist the urge to panic!!

And listen for a WORD.


Romans 8:28 (NIV)
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Jaime and I have had this planned forever! We've waited six months since we've last seen each other. We've reached across miles of distance, taken off work, and arranged and prepped our families.  How can it all crump at the very last second??

We took a collective breath, lifted up a pleading prayer, and readjusted our expectations. Then we held our breath, knowing it may not happen just like we planned. We asked God for a blessing but postured for whatever crumbs might fall from the table. Did someone yell PLOT TWIST??

Could it be that hard for the God of the Universe to align the planets and bring a ray of sunshine to our little itty-bitty woman-made plans?

No, asking for blessings is not a formula. We get that.
It's not a demand. We know God is not a puppet.

But He delights in the joy of His children as a parent delights in giving gifts. And that's how that verse goes. We know God has ALL things in His hands. Nothing is too small for His care. Nothing. Not sick parents. Not crying toddlers. Not icy runways. And we know God is at work. No, He's not busy yanking things into place and working our lives like puppets on His strings. But He is at the business of His Kingdom on earth. And when we align ourselves with His work, things rearrange. Sometimes it's just readjusting our expectations and attitudes. Being grateful for what we do have.

SO, instead of a full day at the coffee shop, Jaime and I planned to spend the day chatting while the kids played. We did our necessary attitude adjustments because He's taught us that's what love does. We trusted it would be enough. We know that as we align ourselves with His purpose, we are filled up to overflowing. That's how the Kingdom works. Perhaps not in our timing, not as we'd hoped it would be, or even how we'd had in mind.

And that's how the adventure hit the ground. Running, adjusting.

BUT flights got re-routed to make connections, an amazing youth group young lady jumped to fill in as a sitter. The sun came out. The skies were blue ALL day. The coffeeshop was ON! The movie night fell into place when on a whim, Jaime's husband recorded the movie she'd hoped for. The kids had a great day. The parental illness resolved. We had a great walk in the woods and fun reading with the kids and playing games.

And our cups were filled up. We RELAXED!
And let the joy overflow....

Dear Readers: we hope this little adventure in flexibility and learning how God works all things together blesses you this week.
Look for moments where God is just waiting to show up.
Our chaos is often His opportunity!

Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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  1. So glad you guys had a fun weekend!

  2. Yay! I love the pictures. You both look so happy! I'm glad you had a great time, and things worked out.

  3. Anne, thanks for sharing your adventure to Never-Never Land with us! It can be so difficult to remain flexible. Thank you for the reminder that the Lord is good and His ways are excellent. Glad you had a great time. I loved seeing the photos. :)

  4. So glad you two adjusted for any adventure God throws your way! That is the truth right there. Our plans may never go the way we want them to, but they always go the way God wants them to. Thanks for the lovely reminder! And so happy you two had such fun times.

  5. "adventure God throws our way..." Love that Susan P! :)

  6. Yay!! Happy all worked out and you guys had this time together. Writer friends are so precious--and time together is so priceless. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love the pics!! Thanks for the reminder that we are not in control, yet can have just as much fun when our plans readjust to fit His!!

  8. Yes, Bonnie, God is a God of adventure! ;)


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