This is my “life-verse”.
When I was in my early 30’s, I experienced something life-changing. I had been going to church steadily for a couple of years, and was doing my best to be a “good” person.
But I found myself in a place of complete discontentment. Everything looked perfect from the outside, but inside, I felt like the dreams I had were slipping away… I wanted to move back to my hometown… I made all sorts of plans about my career and what I wanted to do, and none of those plans involved remaining in Charlottesville.
With every passing day, I grew more frustrated.
Finally, when I realized that the plans I had made weren’t going to come to fruition, I waved my white flag.
One evening I begged God to change my heart. I was sick and tired of being miserable, and oddly enough, I was compelled to open the Bible and began to read. I literally sat in my bed and flipped it open and read the first page it landed on.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” – Philippians 4:11-12
I didn’t know who Paul was, but something in me wanted to know more.
I said- “God, if you can make Paul content, won’t you do that for me?” It seemed like a simple enough request. Could you make me content right where I am? And would you help me to let go of my own desires?
And from that moment on, I started reading the Word and praying daily. Little by little, I began to see Him work in my heart and life.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
I handed my pen over to Him- so He could write the story of my life.
And 10 short years later, I can honestly say-
His plans are far better than mine could have ever been!