God was shaking his head…

“We plan the way we want to live,
    but only God makes us able to live it.” Proverbs 16:9

We pray, “thy will be done….” but continue to ask for the same things over and over, because we either don’t get a clear message from God, we aren’t listening, or it’s not the answer we had hoped for.

I thought I wanted to live in the country–a quiet place to retire. My husband and I spent years searching the right place–close to a major airport, not too far for the kids to come visit, and a place where we could entertain them and have fun golfing, fishing, hiking. At the right time, we jumped into a building project of the house our dreams. I should say, “my dreams,” as I dreamed bigger than Glen.

My dream home became bigger and bigger and went from a manageable two-bath; two bedrooms, and a two-car garage to three of everything. I argued, “Some day, it will be good for resale.” I don’t remember asking God to guide this project, and it became a house bigger than we needed. When we sold it in 2002, the resale price barely covered the cost of building the home.

One might think it’s not necessary to consult God in and for everything and then wait for an answer. A good answer to the retirement project would have been, “Go west, retired couple–that’s where you belong.”

Thank you, Lord, for revealing the desires of our heart aren’t always what is best for us. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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