Who DOESN’T want a life that is abundantly whole, healed, put-together and full of delight???
I don’t think any of us decided when we were little children ‘when I grow up, I want to be miserable, broke, busted and disgusted!’ Right???
Yet for some of us, our lives have somehow gotten off course.
We find ourselves trapped, not the way we envisioned it to be, stuck.
Any of you find yourselves asking these questions or expressing these thoughts:
- How in the world did this HAPPEN?
- This surely wasn’t what I wanted.
- What am I going to do?
- Where did I go wrong?
- What did I do to deserve this?
Whoa!!! Hold on, friends! You’re not alone!
And I have good news! No matter how lost you are, there’s always a way to get back in track!
God truly does allow u-turns!
Have any of y’all besides me gotten lost while traveling? Anyone else take the wrong turn before?
Let me share one true experience I had… my family STILL teases me about it!
One year, my family were traveling by car from
Virginia to Iowa, and eventually, Wisconsin for a family reunion…my husband, myself, and our three children.
I was telling them of this amazing multi-story shopping mall, with an indoor amusement park, called ‘The Mall of America’ that I visited briefly with my mother when we had a layover at the airport in-between flights… it was in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Yeah, I know this NOW… but THEN? I got it wrong. WAY wrong. Using the paper maps, I rerouted our trip, to go through INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA…. thinking that was where it was.
But of course, the nearer we got- we were not seeing signs to the Mall of America!!! I kept telling the kids ‘keep looking! It’s across the street from the airport! We can’t miss it- it’s huge!!!’
Finally, we pulled up to an airport hotel and asked the concierge ‘we must have taken a wrong turn, sir. Could you tell us which exit is for the Mall of America?’
Oh, his face expression was priceless! He broke into a belly gut laugh!!! I couldn’t figure out what was so funny until he told me-
‘Mam, you’re in INDIANAPOLIS. The Mall of America is in MINNEAPOLIS. You’re in the wrong state! You’re about 590 miles away!’
Crushed! I was embarrassed, and crushed., as I quickly realized my children were going to be disappointed… Thankfully, I’m married to THE most patient man. We added a few extra days to our trip, and sure enough- we made it to the Mall of America!
The kids got to play in the big Lego’s store, and ride the roller coaster and other rides in the in door amusement park. Fun memories were made after all- but the biggest one laughed about now, was the wrong turn!
We can laugh at our mistakes, when we confront them with grace… and learn from them-and correct them.
God wants us to live an abundant life. He knows we will make mistakes. He’s there to help ya through them. And He’s there to help us get back on track.
Just as in my story, in life- we make ‘wrong turns.’ If we are focused on the right directions, and following them, we won’t end up where we need to end up.
Adjustments must be made, and a little extra time has to be spent to get back on track- but with God, and godly people in our life- it’s absolutely doable!
Real life is abundant, pure, a gift!
This can only be obtained when we listen AND DO what God’s voice is telling us what to do!
There are two voices competing for our attention-
God’s, and Satan’s.
One is good, and wants only good for us-
The other is bad, and wants only bad for us.
- We choose which voice to listen to…
- We choose which voice to obey…
- We choose which life to live…
A life designed by God, reaching our potential and call He has planned for us-serving Him all of our days with the goal of having an abundant life well lived, meaningful…
Or a live planned by the evil one, Satan, full of struggles, deception, ungodliness, falling short, unfulfilled, no real purpose- no real peace, with his goal to kill, steal and destroy us.
When my children were small, we’d sing this song:
‘🎶 Oh be careful little eyes what you see! Oh be careful little ears what you hear! 🎶. For the Father up above is looking down with love, oh be 🎶 careful little eyes what you see! Oh be careful 🎶little ears what you hear!’
There’s so much wisdom in this simple tune.
Satan is the little ‘g’ god of this world.
God said, as Christians, we are in this world, but not OF this world.
God has said it- He has given us eyes to see, and ears to hear.
He has told us:
‘Above all else…Guard your heart. For everything you do flows from it.’ (Proverbs 4:23)
Actually- God loves us so much He has given us instructions for living a life right!
Proverbs 4:20- 27
‘My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to My Words.
Do not let them out of your sight,
Keep them within your heart;
For they are life to those who find them and healing & health to all their body.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
Watch the path of your feet and let all your ways be established.
Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.’
See! God has given us a road map to navigate successfully through this life, in His Word! He’s also given us His voice, the Holy Spirit… AND- He’s given us the most amazing G.P.S. ‘God’s Precious Son.’
Without God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ, we are lost, off track, heading in the wrong direction.
It’s time for a u-turn!
If you resonate with this, if you’re feeling tugs in your heart, then the Lord is beckoning you to Him.
Pray this simple prayer and mean it in your heart:
‘Dear Heavenly Father,
I’m lost. I’ve been wandering around through my life, made a few wrong turns, and can’t seem to find my way back to you.
Help me, Lord! I see now from these scriptures that I haven’t guarded my heart…I haven’t paid attention to Your Words. I have let them out of my sight… please forgive me!
I choose to return to You, dear God. I will listen. Speak to me. Show me. Guide me. Lead me. I am Yours. In Jesus Name, Amen.’
If you’ve prayed this prayer, there’s thousands of angels in Heaven right this very moment cheering and celebrating your decision!!!
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