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The bumps in the road just make the ride more fun!

"Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand."-Proverbs 19:21
We can plan and plan, but only if our plans are within God's Will do they succeed! 

Flexibility is key! How you respond to changes in life and the little bumps in the road, tells a lot about your character. It tells a lot about what you put your faith and trust in. Yes we get upset and frustrated that something doesn't go our way, and it takes a lot of energy to remind ourselves "God is in control, His ways are perfect." For some reason, we want to do things our way and our way only...and when something is not right..oh boy you better watch out! Wouldn't it be easier to grab God's hand and say to Him "Will you walk down that road with me Father?" i doubt He'll say no. God is here, always. 

Whenever I went to Mexico with my youth group, my pastor called the trip "Flexico," you have to be flexible, you can't be so set in your ways. In Mexico, I can't tell you enough how many times the plans have changed, routines have been rearranged, running out of supplies, not having enough of goodies to give to the kids, the crafts don't work out, someone gets sick...I mean there is a lot that doesn't go our way in Mexico. So my pastor taught us to be flexible. Go with the flow, there is a bump on the road? don't go around it, go right over it! =) 

Right now, I am hitting a rather big bump in the road, and I am doing all I can to just go over it. My plan was to go to Indonesia in January, with Abi Cottrell after her visit for Christmas break. I've calculated the finances it is a large amount of money that I don't think I am able to raise in a month or so. I still need to schedule a meeting with the missions board at my church and get my trip approved. Only then I can start sending out support letters to the church body and such. My dad and I talked, and we don't think that right now is a good time to try to raise money. I absolutely can not ask anyone to financially support me with Christmas coming up...But one thing I will ask..pray, pray, pray! It is actually perfectly fine, because I have so much to do before I go, I don't think I can do it all in a month. I think that God is teaching me patience, I so badly want to get out of here..the question is why? God's plans are to work on my heart! To trust Him every step of the way.

While not knowing when I will be able to go, I am still going to continue preparing for the trip as if I am going soon. 

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."-Psalm 119:105- It is not a flashlight so I can see whats straight ahead, into the future. But His word is a lamp, gives just enough light to see the next step. I want to grab God's hand and allow Him to be the guide. I want to ask God to be on this journey with me, I can't do it alone, don't even want to try. 
"the bumps in the road just make the ride more fun"- go over the bumps, not around, because in the end you learn so much and knowing that God is with you makes it that much better. 
Please pray that I will be submissive to God's plans, His way is way better than my way. 
Thank you everyone for your encouragements! 


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