There are crossroads we sometime have to bear, that require us to press the restart button or even finally pressing the start button. There have been so many times I created a plan to eat better, to go church more often, to stop spending so much, to be a better friend, a better sister, just finally a better woman. I would get tired of seeing things just not go well. I would try things my way while simultaneously praying for God to have His way. But He couldn't have His way until I surrendered, and sadly a lot of us do not surrender until that's the only choice we have. Until literally we have no where to run but to Him. I would find myself in relationships that weren't serving me anything but heartbreak on a platter. I would give all of myself while hoping for just a pinch of that back from a guy but I constantly ended up empty handed. I realized that I needed to become whole on my own and just learn to be content with just me and God.
So again, I would devise a plan to start eating better, being better with my money, being a better friend and family member and it would go great for awhile. But as God began to trust me with just a glimpse of the blessings He had for me, I would fail certain tests. Sometimes the things I learned over the period of time I spent becoming whole, I didn't use when it was time to put it to the test. Once things began to go great, I would start to slack off on the things that were helping me stay on a straight path. And slowly but surely, I would end up back at the starting line, crying back out to Christ wondering what went wrong. If any of this sounds anything like what you have encountered do not get discouraged. God is not expecting perfection from us, but a heart that is willing to surrender, FINALLY.
Before creating this website I had finally chosen to surrender once and for all. There was no turning back. I could not allow myself to run my own life anymore. I not only realized God's plan is always bigger and better than mine, but I actually wanted to let Him lead me. I wanted what He wanted for my life, I wanted all that He planned for me to have here on earth. So I stopped looking at it as starting over but as finally LIVING. I was so tired of excuses, and accepted that there was no more room for them. There is no 10-step plan to follow there is just a decision that you want better that has to be made, daily when you wake up.
I began to accept the things I could not change and pray for the things that could be changed. I started my day off with God's word and praying and I ended the day the same way. This allowed me to make better decisions throughout the day, helping me become a better friend, choosing better options for my body, and spending my money wiser. The more connected I got to Christ, the more wisdom He poured into me. My days started to get brighter and when things did go wrong, I knew without a shadow of a doubt it would be okay because I had those scriptures in my heart. The closer we cling to God, the closer He will cling to us. He is our friend, confidant, and father and I love spending time talking to Him everyday now. It took me to finally just get up and say enough is enough, and everyday NO MATTER WHAT, choose to include Him in my day. I want better and I am willing to do what it takes to get there. I finally pressed START and every day I am choosing to live better!
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"When we feel lost and are unsatisfied with how life is going, all is never lost. We have a very present help in Christ that can help us get on track to living better. This month pray for God to give you the desire to know more about Him and choose to start your day with Him. He loves you and wants to be a part of your life. "
Have a great week & Praying for you ladies, always. - Love, Rissa
Clarissa C. Burton, M.S.W
Devoted to guiding others toward living a life they don't need a vacation from.