A newsletter so good that I had to post it

A Newsletter about…

F R E E D O M
Just kidding.

I woke up this morning with the idea of writing a newsletter about freedom and what that truly means. My logical thought pattern of “Hey its Memorial Day Weekend!” and “I should write about that!” smacked into a wall this morning.

I thought my newsletter was going to be about Freedom, but it ended up being about Failure.

YAY for last minute changes……………. said no one ever.

So, what inspired my last minute change this morning? The First5 App, Michael Hyatt, and God. Crazy, huh? Its a good thing that I woke up at 5:30 this morning. Here is my story…

Rewind about four days ago. Justin and I planned a trip to Atlanta to watch a series of Braves Baseball games (We know they stink, but we love them anyways.).  Our tickets were purchased back in January. We were suppose to leave Nashville on Wednesday morning and catch games on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. S I X baseball games back-to-back! Doesn’t that just sound amazing???

#FairyTale

Well, at the last minute we decided that leaving on Wednesday was going to be impossible. We both had too much going on at work and it would be less stressful for us to leave on Thursday morning. Correction: Thursday. Correction Again: I wanted to leave in the morning. The Thursday game starts at 7pm… we can leave at 1pm per husband. He wins.

Not really. Slight problem: Justin worked until 5am on Thursday.

SO… We left Thursday at 4pm.

We missed the game.

SO… We will go to F O U R Atlanta Braves Baseball Games. I’ll take it.

I know what you’re thinking! What in the heck does this have to do with my newsletter???? Hold your horses! I’m getting there. Shucks.

I went to bed last night super frustrated, disappointed, aggravated, mad, and slightly out of sync. I was literally asking God before bed last night why our plans just never work out.”UGHHHHHHHHH GOD!!” I’m pretty sure that is what I used in my prayer last night.

Whoops.

Yeah, I know better.

So, I woke up this morning to an email from Michael Hyatt. The subject line said, “When your plans are just not working.” HAHAHA So funny. Good newsletter, Michael…

Next, I opened my First5 App to do my quiet time with God. Here is what the First5 App said as soon as I opened it: “Father, help me take courage because I know your plans are trustworthy and you are faithful.”

The First5 App reminded me to trust God, which totally redirected my newsletter topic.

Remember that conversation I had with God last night before bed? Yeah, I definitely do. >>>hello. someone needs to repent.<<<

BUT, what has helped me move passed my embarrassment this morning is the realization that God has proven (time and time again) that He is caring. He used His tools, His people, His word to remind me of His love for me this morning.

See…My relationship with God is personal. Stupid baseball games that really have zero substance to glorifying Him actual hold value to Him because those baseball games hold value to ME. God knows that the baseball games are more than just entertainment for me…. they are moments of quality time with my husband… something that I cherish more than almost anything on this earth. Not making the first two games meant less time with my husband. So the underlying pain of that was what I was really frustrated about last night before bed. God knew that. This morning He reminded me to trust Him. He encouraged me to be of good cheer because His plans are far better than mine.

Here is the prayer from the First5 App this morning:

Father, I’m thankful You know the plans You have for me, and You are faithful to fulfill them. Help me trust You today and with what You are doing. I can’t quite see the big picture, and at times, I feel lonely, confused, and anxious about my circumstances. Speak to my heart as You did Paul’s. As I open Your Word, bring me encouragement. Help me take courage and be of good cheer because I know Your plans are trustworthy and You are Faithful. In Jesus’ name, amen.” 

Are you like me? Frustrated at all the failed plans? I encourage you to lean not on your own understanding, but rather trust in God’s understanding and plan for your life. This is the only way that we can live in true peace and joy in a world that brings constant disappointment. Obviously, I’m still learning this concept… but I thought my story might bring encouragement to someone else. Maybe you.

What is so hilarious about this entire story is that I already wrote an article about trusting God and how our plans never work out. I decided to go back and read that. I apparently need a reminder of what I already know. Of course, I made a few revisions based on today’s experience. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section on the blog post.

Blessings & Love,

Amanda

Who says you can’t convert a newsletter into a blog post? Done. Just did it. Comment below. 🙂 

8 thoughts on “A newsletter so good that I had to post it

  1. So true! I have learned through the years Gods timing does not always match our timing!!! It takes a lot of patience sometimes to accept it??? God rules!!

    1. YESSSSSSSSSS. Patience. So much patience. And agreed: God totally rules. Thanks for the comment!!

  2. I liked your newsletter a lot. That happens to me a lot and most of the time I just tell myself to get over things. But its better to trust god instead and understand that there will be a better outcome. It has to do with self confidence for me. Sometimes telling myself to get over things goes along with me sort of accepting that im not worth enough to have things go as planned in that particular time. But its not really that way at all when you look at it this way. God just knows better and it simply has to do with trusting him. Cant forget that.

    1. Exactly. It took me forever to get to this point. It was one failed plan after another before I realized that God’s plan is better. I stand back and look at how much God has done in my life. In those hard moments I couldn’t see it right away, but as time would pass… I would totally see how God used that “failed plan” to make a better plan.

    1. Aw, yay! I owe YOU a thank you for introducing me to the #First5 app! It has really changed my mornings all together. Love you girl.

    1. Mr. Bill! Thanks for stopping in! 🙂 Life doesn’t go in the order we plan it to go. So isn’t organizing a life-long process that one truly never finishes? XD Hope you are doing well!

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