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How did you picture this stage of your life when you were younger. How is it the same/different?
If I have learned one thing about our plans in life, it is that they rarely play out the way we think they will. When I was texting back and forth with Lauren trying to come up with the prompt for today, I knew that this one suggested by Mosby would be a great moment of reflection. A reflection less about the logistics of what my life is now compared to how I pictured my 2014, and more a reflection on the many plans I have made, only to be re-taught the lesson over and over that my life is not about me. My plans are nothing when they are focused on what I want or think I need, rather than letting myself be open to having God direct my paths. There have been many things, both big and small, that I have tried to plan out, only to find time and time again that the most thought out plans are often those that fail the most. For a Type A personality, it has always been difficult to not plan and simply trust that God would open doors and opportunities for me–keeping myself open to whatever He would have me do.
You all know that where I am in my life right now is nothing like I imagined it to be when I was younger. When I pictured 2014 years ago, I pictured a free lifestyle and a life focused around graduating with a Bachelor’s in something come May. I pictured a feeling of anxious expectation as I began to prepare to jump into the workforce and adulthood. Now, though, I am not preparing for any of those things. Instead I am planning a future with my family and making plans that will be in the best interest of my son and future children. A future that will allow both my husband and myself to fulfill the calling that God has placed on our lives. My current life is a lot less focused on me and a lot more focused on my family, which has been a real area of growth for me. When we found out that we were pregnant with Eli, I realized that all of my decisions from that point on needed to be made through the lens of what would be best for my little baby. I had to learn pretty quickly how to focus on my husband and child, while balancing my own passions at the same time.
So what became of my plans? They obviously didn’t exactly pan out. My decisions changed what my life would become and while it has been a tough transition at times, God has provided for me and has blessed me tremendously. We have been able to celebrate so many great milestones, and look to the future with hope and excitement to see what will come for us next. So maybe my life isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. Maybe I am a different person and maybe my decisions changed the outcome of my plans forever. BUT, I am in love with my life. I’m in love with my husband and my beautiful little boy. There are a lot of things that aren’t exactly the way I pictured them, but I’ll choose to count that as a blessing, not a loss. I know that there are many things that I thought would be a part of my life that just simply aren’t and I believe I am better for them. The dream of marrying a great man that adores me has come true and the dream of being a momma has come true–no matter the timing. Our plans don’t always work out exactly how we thought they would, but that is partly the beauty of life. It is constantly changing and surprising us–making us stronger and teaching us lessons every day.
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