Embracing God's Plan

Where do you see yourself in five years? I was recently asked this question, and as I crafted my heartfelt response, I recognized how incongruent my thoughts are in comparison with society’s expectations of future goals and successes. In order to answer the question honestly, I glanced in the rearview mirror to nearly five short years ago when my life was drastically altered by my husband’s unexpected death. The dreams and goals we had as a husband and wife of growing old together tragically ended. My role as a mother changed dramatically, as I now am an only parent. Three lives depend solely on me. All of my hopes and future plans were shattered in a few short moments. Grieving forces us to

Unexpected detours

Have you ever had one of those days where you thought you knew where you were going but the powers that be have decided to accomplish their own agenda without regard to yours and you end up somewhere else? You know, like the construction detour that causes an hour backup and the GPS that sends you to the nearest work around which is actually a dirt road through someone’s field? That’s what my journey to being a therapist and a pastor feels like. My GPS (God’s positioning system, in this case) keeps sending me down paths I hadn’t seen and probably would never have taken on my own. Of course, had I not followed this new road, I’d probably still be stuck in traffic somewhere, and that’s not a h

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