For most of my life, I was a perfectionist, convinced I knew what I needed and how to get it. I knew and loved God and His Son, Jesus. But I lived on my schedule and did everything my way, convinced that enough effort and hard work would get me the life I wanted. I had little patience for mess, clutter, or people who didn’t have it all together.
God has a better plan for me–and His plan requires complete dependence on Him. To show me this, He placed me in uncharted waters in a boat I didn’t know how to navigate. Taking me places I didn’t want to go to, often leaving me feeling like I had no idea where I was going, God taught me the Truth: I don’t need a perfect life. Or my idea of a perfect life.
I need God.
He’s all I need.
He never leaves. He holds me close. He wipes away my tears. He fills me with peace. Even when I may think my boat is too close to the rocks or sinking or adrift, God is guiding my boat. He charted the course, and He never makes a mistake.
My life journey is different from the one I envisioned, but I am learning to both receive and give His grace as I trust God to take me where ever He wants me to be. And as long as I stay in the boat, God continues to give me opportunities to learn and grow. To be transformed by Him so I make imperfect progress in learning compassion, kindness, patience, joy, love, gentleness from the Master.
I am blessed to have a husband, Van, who supports my journey. We have two daughters, both grown; the oldest is in heaven with our Savior and the youngest lives only two hours away. We are also blessed with three grandchildren who are the source of endless joy. I teach seventh grade English and History, love to read, bake cookies, and spend time enjoying the beauty of God’s world.
The blog posts are thoughts and responses to where God is taking me now. The one thing I can count on is God’s faithfulness, no matter how I feel at the moment.
The Shaped by God pages are stories of how God worked in my stubborn heart to soften, mold, and renew it in ways I never thought I needed. How wrong I was. How wise is God. No matter what happens, He is there.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. I pray you see God working as you read and He touches your life as much as He does mine.