I am so excited to share this young woman with you, when I say young I don’t mean to be polite I really mean young. At only 17 years of age and with these words to share, I love knowing young women who chase after Jesus like this sweet girl you will meet today.
Hey, my name is Audrey Grace, I’m a people person.My goal in my life is to love on God’s children and inspire them to live the life God has planned for them, and to remind women that they are beautiful, valued, and important to Christ. Let’s be friends!
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Trusting God with your dreams
In 6 months I will be graduating high school and ending that chapter of my life. I’m excited but also very nervous to see what God has in store for my life. In this season of life it seems like every time I turn around I’m constantly being asked what my plan is. “Where are you going to college?” “ Are you going to get a job?” “Will you move out or stay close to home?” Everyone is asking with good intentions and they are just curious as to my life plan. But sometimes you just don’t know or you feel God pulling on your heart towards something that isn’t the “normal” next step.
It’s hard to Trust God with the plan you have for your life because in order to fully trust him with your future you have to let go of it. You have to let go of wanting to have control of everything and needing to have a say in every aspect of your life. You have to lay down your dreams and your step-by-step plan you created.
You can’t just say you trust God’s plan you have to actually let go and surrender to His perfect plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the lord plans to prosper you to give you a hope and a future”
That’s the Lord talking; He knows everything and has amazing plans for your life if you just let go.
You can create as many 1 year, 5 year, or 10 year plans for your life, and rework them as often as you like, but He still has the PERFECT plan for your life.
We get so caught up in our plan and what we want for our lives that we forget there is a heavenly father who has a specific plan for our life. And His plan is far better than anything you could imagine.
We’ve all got plans for our lives right? You might not have an actual list that you have written down specific plans and timelines on. Or when you would like them to happen by, but you’ve got ideas in your head about how you want your life to go. We all have our own plans. We think our plans are the greatest things for us, but they really aren’t. His plans are the greatest plans.
Letting go of your plans and trusting him and the life he has planed for you is hard. He doesn’t hand us a notebook full of all the wonderful plans He has set up for us.
We can still have goals for our lives, like getting married, getting this job you applied for, being accepted into colleges. Those are all good things, as long as you have prayed about it and looked at them next to Gods word.
A lot of times in life when we’re given things we will put it under the lines of luck, “I got the job I’ve been wanting, I must have been lucky.” Luck has nothing to do with it. God does. Its God’s grace that has given you the successes in your life.
“ From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another” John 1:16
God loves us and wants to give us above and beyond the desires of our heart. He’s always got your best interest in mind, and wants to see you living a joyful life. He gives us each desires in our hearts for us to use to bring Him glory with. He wouldn’t give you a desire to minister His word to children if He didn’t have that incorporated In His plan for you. He wouldn’t give you a desire to love on people or women who need encouragement if He didn’t plan on giving you opportunities to encourage someone.
God is THE good shepherd, and He takes care of His flock, and knows what’s best for them. If a shepherd was tending to his sheep and there were two paths available to take and one path was a short walk to a field and the other was a long walk. The fist path led to a single field whose grass wasn’t as green. The longer path led to as many green grassy fields for as far as person’s eyes could see.
The sheep could only see the grass at the end of the shorter path but on the other path all they could see was a long trail, they would want to go towards the shorter path. The one they could see the end of. But the shepherd is wiser than the sheep and knows if He allows them to travel down the shorter path, they may get there sooner, but they will not be sustained with the grass and will quickly grow hungry again as soon as the grass has been eaten. Though the longer path may take more time to get to and his sheep may not see the end plan the shepherd has for them, they will be much more satisfied with the fields and fields of green grass.
God can see ahead of you, and He knows what’s best for you. You gain peace once you let go of your life and all you plans, fully surrendering to Him and His plan. Knowing that He is in control and He knows what’s best for you.
Now this all sounds amazing right? All nice and easy? God wants you to be joyful and be filled with His love and spirit. But fully letting go of your life and allowing Him to take the wheel does not mean your life is going to be perfect with no flaws or hard times. You will still struggle with things, you will still have to be patient, and you will have to let go of things that you want just because they aren’t apart of His plan for you. It’s not going to take all of your problems away but it is going to allow God to come in and have His will in your life which is far greater than any of your dreams.
So why don’t we let go of our need to control everything, and just trust God. Let’s rest in knowing that He is in control and is going to use your life to bring Him glory.
Thank you Audrey!