S.R.Claridge writes Mystery and Romantic Suspense novels. Her work has been said to have the energy of Dan Brown, the mystery of Mary Higgins Clark and the humor of Janet Evanovich. Claridge novels will take you to the edge of your seat, keep you guessing until the very end and ultimately warm your heart. It is on the pages of every S.R.Claridge novel that Mystery and Sensual Suspense collide.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

All Things Are Possible

Have you ever fought with God?  I have, and I always lose the battle.  I don't know why I even fight Him anymore, but from time to time my stubbon human nature takes over and for a brief moment I think I know what I'm doing.  I don't; and He is always ready to show me the error in my ways.

I'm most obstinate with God when His plans don't mesh with MY plans.  It's a tricky walk, down a pathway lined with thorns.  There I stand at a crossroads.  His path leading to the left.  My path leading to what I believe is right.  All signs point to the left, and yet, it is often the scarier, more demanding, uncomfortable road; so I step to the right.  Red flags flash before my eyes.  Sirens ring.  A big neon sign blinks in my heart:  YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!  I try to stay on MY path, despite the winds that blow against me and the storm that rages in my midst.  I weaken with every stubborn step, until finally I fall flat on my face back at the crossroads and the begging begins. 

As I look in the direction He is pointing me, I plead, "God, I don't want to go down that path.  It's scary and hard and uncomfortable.  I don't know how to do it."

God answers lovingly, "I will direct your steps."  (Proverbs 3:5)

"But God," I cry out, "I don't have time. It's impossible."

God smiles, "All things are possible."  (Luke 18:27)

"What if I make a bigger fool out of myself than I've already made?  What if I fail?  I can't do it!"  I scream.

"You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you," He gently prods.  (Philippians 4:13)

"I'm scared," I sigh and drop my head down. 

"I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind," He whispers. 
(2 Timothy 1:7)

I finally hit my knees and surrender, knowing His will is always better than mine.  "Okay, God, I'll do whatever You want, just don't leave me hanging."

God grins and with a that-a-girl nudge, He prods me along, reminding me of His promise.  "I will never leave you or forsake you."   (Hebrews 13:5)

When we find ourselves at a crossroads in life, I think it's important to remember that God's path may not be the easy one, but it will be the best one.  His plan for us may not look like the plan we made for ourselves...but His way is always more fulfilling and more rewarding than we could have dreamt it would be.  The thought of it might make us uncomfortable at first, but isn't change always scary?  The one thing change teaches us is how to be flexible and how to grow; and if we're not growing then we're either falling backwards or stagnating.  I don't know about you, but I'm choosing to grow... even when it scares the crap out of me.

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