Following God Step by Step…

Have you ever wondered what you need to do with your life?  I have.  In fact, I often still ask that question.  What is really cool is when you meet someone who has figured it out.  My wife is one of those people.  Starting September 8th, she will start working for herself at A Family That Plays Together Counseling & Play Therapy.  If I had asked her what she would be doing in 2015 back when we first met in 1989, I don’t think that she could have told you.  She might have said something like “helping people” or something to that effect, but the specifics were unknown to her.  It is funny how God has moved her to this point.  She worked with daycares and then Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect back in college.  While in Texas, she worked with Child Protection Services.  When we moved back to Arkanas, she had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom and then work with the Arkansas Foster Care program for a short while.  When our youngest entered kindergarten, Temple began work on her Master’s.  And, in 2009, she graduated.  All along the way, she was taking steps toward where she is now.

That is how God works.  He moves us along the path toward what He needs us to do.  His Word is very clear.  He has a plan and wants us to be a part of it.  In Jeremiah 29:11, the Bibletells us about this.

“For I know the Plans I have for you.”  –this is the Lord’s Declaration–  “plans for your welfare, not a disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (HCSB)

Discovering God’s Plan can often be a bit of a headache as we often get caught up in the details or wanting a long term view of how God is going to work.  Along the way, Temple and I have learned a simple truth… “Trust God with this step.”  We don’t try to figure them all out.  We simply take the step that God is calling us to and follow again when He leads.  There is a simplicity in this approach that makes life easier.  We don’t have to worry.  We let God do His thing.  That is what it’s all about, trusting God and His plan.  Proverbs 3:5, 6, tell us all about this truth.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. (HCSB)

I am excited for my wife as she begins this new venture.  She has worked with and for other counselors since before she graduated in 2009, but now she will be the captian of her own ship.  Even more important, she is following God’s plan for her life.  That’s what we should all do.




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