It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You.

Priscilla Shirer, in God is Able, taught about how to connect our circumstances to You, God. She explained that abundant life is not always reaching for our “it.” She gave examples of if we get married, if we lose the weight, if we graduate, if we move on from the past, if we get the job, if we pay off the car, all those things we’re looking for later. She wrote: “but it turns out, abundant life is not something you experience when there are no impossible situations to deal with. Abundant life is what Jesus offers and His Spirit enables during the times when you’re right in the middle of them. It’s meant to be experienced when all is wrong around you while all is simultaneously, inexplicably, very right within you. It’s the smile that creeps to the corners of your lips when God fills your heart with a peace that runs contrary to your reality.”

October kinda de-railed my good habits going on, at such a pace that I missed it until it was gone… And if I’m being real honest, it started in September. So, here is my list of things that need to be re-connected to You:

  • my finances
  • my quiet time
  • my ability to cope with change
  • the rock that just cracked my windshield
  • my family devotions

I could sit here and count all the mess I’ve made. But if I’m gonna do that, I need to also count the things in my life going very, very good.

  • my life group, my church family
  • my responsibilities and serving my church
  • my Titus 2 women, the women shepherding me and praying for me
  • praying for my sheep, my flock
  • my christmas stocking donations

Adding a foster kid to my routine completely changed everything. It may look like I am surrounded by: doctor visits, school registration, homework, counseling, horse lessons, case workers, social workers, medicaid and so much more. And best of all, I added a joyful, always laughing teenager to my life. I am surrounded by You, God. I am surrounded by beautiful life giving moments and people. I do not have it all together, by any stretch of the word, but my God, thank You, I have everything I need and more.

So, this is my prayer. Thank you for abundant life. Thank you for life giving people and moments. Thank you for reminders of your grace. Thank you for your promises. Thank you for your never ending love. Thank you for chasing me even when I try to run away. Thank you for making me better than I was. Thank you for not leaving me the way I was. Thank you for those precious Titus 2 women in my life and all their love and service. Thank you for opportunities to be a Titus 2 woman to others. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.