Growing up on an island full of mountains is a beautiful experience but it also brings long drives though curvy roads that make your stomach turn. I enjoy road trips but when we drove to church retreats or other places out in the mountains it was a good 1-2 hour drive and we made sure to look straight ahead for cars beyond the curves. If we were dizzy, my mom would allow us to take the front seat, lower the window and that would make us feel better. Being dizzy is no fun.
Life has a way of throwing you curves as well. Unexpected turns that throw you off balance, make you feel weak and think of quitting. These past years I’ve learned that hard things happen to all of us and not as you plan them. I had a plan… it was a straight line plan, no curves. It was perfect! I became wiser in the process and can testify that God’s plans are perfect, not mine. God knows what is best for us, even if we cannot see it at the moment.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plan to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
The past three years have been a roller coaster of emotions but also of blessings. Stories and testimonies to share with others. During this time my daughter got married, she had a beautiful healthy daughter (now 21 months), and a handsome healthy son (now 4 months). Maybe not in the chronological order that I as a parent had planned, but I do know that the Lord was strengthening our faith and walking with us every step of the way. I am so proud of my daughter and what a strong loving mother she has become. As a grandma I am full of love for those two amazing babies. God is still in the business of doing miracles.
Well, my son is growing too fast and at 15 has his own car and has raced in autocross, and I just celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary with my hubby. There is so much story in between these lines but I can just say I held on tight.
During my entire life and these recent years I have held tight to God who walks with me every single day. He is with me as I drive, at my work, as a daughter, sister, wife, mom, and grandma. No matter what life brings I will hold on tight to God. I have held on to my parents, siblings and other members of my family. We have prayed together, talked to each other and receive the support needed. I’ve hold on to friends that have been with me every step of the way.
My husband has been my everything. We have allowed God to be the center of our home and our hearts. He is the cornerstone, the foundation of our lives.
Tears may be our companion sometimes but dropping to the feet of Jesus is what makes us strong.
Hold on tight!