Living A Lie? Here’s How To Fix It.

“But by the grace of God I am what I am…”
~1 Corinthians 15:10

“This isn’t who I created you to be,” God admonished me. “You are living a lie.”
I hung my head because I knew the words He spoke were true. “I’m sorry,” I said. “What can I do to get back to my authentic self?” I asked.
“Two questions,” He replied.
“What’s that? Two questions?” I asked incredulously. I thought it would be a harder task than just answering two questions.
“That’s right, just two questions,” God assured me. “Ready to hear them?”
I nodded.
“The first is, ‘What’s true for me?” and the second is ‘What do I really want?”
“Really? Those seem rather…” I paused, searching for the right word, “simple.”
God laughed. “Simple they are indeed, but not always easy to answer or to live.”
“I’ll ponder them later today,” I said, “When I am out in my garden.”
“It’s a good idea to ponder them every day to make sure that you are being true to yourself,” God suggested.
And so I went out into the garden and I wrote down what was true for me. Some of the things on my list surprised me. Then I wrote down the things that I really, really, wanted. Again, some of my entries surprised me. I saw how far off the mark I had gotten by being so busy and in a hurry. I saw how far off center my life had been pulled.
“Thank you, God,” I whispered. I felt God’s gentle hand on my shoulder as a breeze lifted my hair. “No more living a lie. I’ll do my best to be who you created me to be.”
I could feel God’s smile as I sat in the mid-day sun, among His beautiful flowers. I felt whole again. Happy. Contented. Totally at peace. 
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You Will Be Happy And Sad

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…”
~James 1:2

The men, lost in the desert in the dark of night, cried out for God’s help. He sent an angel who told them to reach down and to pick up one of the stones at their feet and carry it with them as he led them out of the desert. As he bid them farewell once they got back to their route, he told them, “When you reach your destination, you will be happy and sad.” The men scratched their heads, not understanding.

When the men got to where they were going, one of them pulled the stone from his pocket. It was a gemstone! The other men pulled out their stones. They were all gemstones! They were so happy. Suddenly, they were sad. They realized that they had been walking on thousands of gemstones, but had only picked up only one. They had no idea where they had been so they couldn’t go back to find more. And that, my friend, is what happens to so many of us when we feel we are lost in the desert. We don’t see the jewels at our feet. If we are lucky, we take away one gem, when we could have had so many more!

There are gems right at your feet, even in your dark and lost times. Don’t take away only one. Look for the gifts all around you. Take away as many as you can. You don’t want to get back on track only to realize that you walked away from so many good things that you could have brought with you.

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Spoiler Alert: It All Works Out In Your Favor!

I have made the earth, and created man upon it: my hands, have stretched
out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.”
~Isaiah 45:12

I met a man that I thought could possibly be “the one.” So many things about him resonated with me. After a few dates, I was caught in the throes of infatuation. Everything about him felt incredible to me. My thoughts returned to him often throughout the day. The only problem was he didn’t have the same feelings for me. I was sad when I finally came to the realization that “He’s just not that into me.” I called a good friend of mine and shared my disappointment.

“Can you trust that God is managing all of the complexities of the universe in your favor?” he asked.
“Of course, ” I replied.
“Then you can trust that this man’s feelings are part of the grand plan God has for your life. If this guy isn’t the one for you, God is sparing you from an ultimate heartache. If this man isn’t the one for you, God will introduce you to the one who is,” he reassured me. “If God can create the heavens and the earth, and hold together the universe, think how easy it is for Him to orchestrate your life,” he reminded me.

My friend’s words of wisdom were so encouraging, I am sharing them here with you. God is managing all of the complexities of the universe in your favor. No matter what is happening in your life, God is there with you. He’s got you in His strong and good hands. If the outcome to a situation isn’t what you want or expected, trust that God will turn it into good for you. He’s conspiring for your happiness. All you have to do is to get out of His way! Let go. Let God. It’s all going to work out in your favor.

Trust God

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