Change of Plans and Abundance of Blessings

God sure does have a funny way of changing our plans. I bet he gets a good sense of humor out of the sheer human-ness of our planning. Am I the only one who thinks that God has an awesome sense of humor.

This last week has not gone AT ALL as planned. Last Sunday, I took my dog the vet to find out she had parvo and spend $800 to get her a 50/50 chance of living (which she did, by the way). A few days ago, I got some news that is going to completely alter the course of my life. Any plans I thought I had made, short term or long term, have all changed.

Someone once told me, our man-made plans are just something for God to deviate us from.

Life’s funny sometimes – how God uses the littler thing to be a blessing in our lives.

Although I have had a week full of pain, sickness, and life-altering news, I have also had a week so full of blessings that it’s almost impossible to be sad.

Blessings #1: A lesson from a 2 year old. Mackenzie brings me her water bottle and says, “Mommy, help me. I can’t do it all myself.” I smiled at the pure innocence of her statement and then I realized, that’s what God wants from me. Just as I delighted in helping Mackenzie open her water and seeing the smile on her face, God delights in helping me and filling me with joy. I think it’s really ironic how this hectic week, ended with Mackenzie making this statement. I believe God is telling me, “Hey Jacquie, just ask for help. You can’t do it all yourself.”

Blessing #2: Family day. Saturday was our family day. We set up the pool in the back yard for the girls and Robert and I did some yard work, I made some homemade pizza and reese’s shakes for lunch, and Robert and I had a movie night after the girls went to bed. And can I just say that my husband is amazing becuase he let me watchPuss in Bootsfor our date night, even though he didn’t really want to (and he may not admit it, but I think he liked it).

Blessing #3: A healthy puppy. I don’t think this one needs anymore explanation.

Blessing #4: A sudden change in plans – this really made me have to prioritize my life.

Blessing #5: Awesome neighbors who love my family and are always willing to help us out and be there for us.

I could probably go on forever with my blessings from this week, so we’ll call it there.

Look back later for a poem to go with this post. I would write and post it now, but it’s time to head off to church.



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