Hello everyone! Thanks for coming back to TGWAM once again! As we come closer and closer to reaching 50 posts my excitement continues to build. It’s been 7 months since we have started blogging, and it has flown by. We’re so thankful for all of the support that you’ve given us over this new season in our lives. This new season that has opened our eyes to see the world differently. Through this journey, Bryanna and I have grown closer to God as friends and as individuals. We’ve come to terms with God’s plan for our lives. Of course, it could change, but either way, the effect of this calling for us to do missions has made a big impact on both of us.
Some days, it’s rough giving it all to Him. Sometimes I just want my future to be a beautiful picture of me, my future husband, a big house, wonderful children raised in a perfect little town with all of my friends and family to help me raise them, and maybe a dog or two. (Obviously the dog part isn’t that important, but you know…) But, the thing is, that’s my plan for myself. Not God’s plan for me. His plan for me right now doesn’t include a big house. It doesn’t include the same job description I saw myself having 7 months ago. I thought I was going to be an anesthesiologist making six digits every year. Now, I’m debating whether to go into the medical or education field so I can take it overseas to Africa or wherever God decides to place me.
When you give your life to God, most likely, your plan for your life will change. Your plan is no longer yours. It’s His. Granted, it’s been His all along, but when you dedicate your life to God, it’s like you’re giving it back. You’re handing over the reins, and saying, “Here I am, God. I am Yours. Send me.” It takes strength to do such a thing. It puts you out of your comfort zone. It makes you vulnerable. It puts you out in the open and forces you to show that you need help and you can’t do it yourself anymore. It takes away the control you have over your life because your life is no longer yours. But… it is His. When you hand over your life to Christ and allow Him to work within you, you are SO much safer than you would be if you didn’t let Him be your Master.
With God, you are made a new person. In a song called “Raise Me Up” that our youth praise band, Chapel, has written it says, “The old is gone, a new beginning has come.” Being made a new person allows you to start over. It allows you to have a “do-over”. Your sins are no longer remembered by God. As soon as you ask for forgiveness, God removes your sins from you as far as the east is from the west. The east and west never touch, therefore, that’s pretty amazing. Although there will be earthly consequences for our sins, God forgets them.
Handing over the reins, vulnerability in doing so, asking for forgiveness… They can all be pretty scary things. Handing over the reins, as I’ve talked about requires control freaks like me to put aside pride. The pride that controls us by tricking us into thinking that we need to be in control. Handing over the reins requires vulnerability. Vulnerability is one of those things that makes you feel so small, and that isn’t something us humans like to feel. We want to be big and bad and in control, whether we realize it or not. Our God is greater and stronger than us by more than we can even IMAGINE and it’s about time we all realize that.
We all need to give God control of our lives, because without Him, I would have never felt called to be a missionary, Bryanna and I wouldn’t have this blog, I wouldn’t be able to have the assurance of an eternity with God in heaven. Hand over the reins. The plan God has for you is so much more wonderful and perfect than you can even imagine! It may not be something you expect, but it’s what’s right for you. God will never challenge you with something you can’t handle.
Thank you so much for reading my blog post today! I know it was kind of short, but I hope you still enjoyed it! Thank you all once again for the continued support you’ve shown Bryanna and I throughout these seven wonderful months. I can’t wait to see where God’s plan takes us! Don’t forget to come back Thursday for Bryanna’s post, which is super special, because it’s our FIFTIETH blog post!!!
Show The World His Love,