A Way to Measure Your Progress

Walmart Shoppers in Gladstone, Missouri

The other day I was at Walmart. (Imagine a big, lumbersome sigh after that sentence!)

I must confess it’s not my favorite place to shop—especially since our small town store is being turned into a supercenter. Yay, us! I won’t go into all that ticks me off when I’m inside the doors of the world’s largest retailer. It would be ugly and a waste of your good time, since many of you know what I’m talking about!

Anyway, since I had to dodge and weave with many a thoughtless, trance-like Walmart shopper, not to mention, Walmart employee on my trip through those grand halls, I was in no mood!

Finally, I’d made it to the check-out line and found myself waiting rather impatiently for the mother in front of me to notice that her kids were playing rather obtrusively and not allowing me to get to the conveyor belt … 

Isn’t that special! (Picture the Church Lady here—if you’re old enough to remember him/her!)

Suddenly it hit me!

No, it wasn’t the pack of gum that the little tyke was tossing around in the air, hoping his mom would notice his great athletic skills—which, by the way, she never did!

An.y.way …

What hit me was a feeling of frustration … a feeling of being inconvenienced … a feeling of having it up to here! But more than that, I was smacked with a new, other-worldly realization.

This time Christ wanted to remind me of my spiritual progress.

It was like He said, “Beth, this is an example of how well you’re doing spiritually. If the little frustrations of Walmart test your patience, then perhaps you’re not abiding fully in me … perhaps you have some spiritual fruit that needs to sprout and grow. Perhaps you have farther to go!”

In an instant it was me who needed to make a change! It was me who was falling down on the job!

Way to bring things into focus!

I’m going to remember this little method of measurement for my progress. If I’m irritated quickly, feeling entitled to better than I’ve been given, I’m going to remind myself that I have farther still to go and refocus my eyes on Jesus. 

How about you? What do you use to measure your spiritual progress?

What issues trip you up the most or the quickest?

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” –Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)

Thankfully I’ve been leading a small group from my church through Lysa TerKeurst’s book, Unglued. I really do think it’s helping! If you’re interested in getting her book, CBD has a limited time $5 deal here.
 
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  • oh yes, it’s all about the impatience. sadly. but thankfully, out of His amazing grace, He hasn’t thrown up His hands and given up on me. yet.

    • And on me either, Linda. I am in awe of His patience and mercy toward me every single day. I can’t comprehend it and I suppose I can’t expect to, but I’m grateful for it! Thanks for your kindness to me every week, sweet friend. You’re like your Father, you know! 😉

  • oh yes, it’s all about the impatience. sadly. but thankfully, out of His amazing grace, He hasn’t thrown up His hands and given up on me. yet.

  • Ah, I like the idea of a measuring stick for my spiritual progress. I’ve not really thought about it that way before, Beth. Easily irritated is a good one. For me, it’s impatience as well. How quickly do I lose my temper with my kids; how much do I view them as a distraction from my to-do list rather than my focus. As always, great thoughts, my friend! You both encourage me and challenge me.

    • Yes, I love practical ways of figuring out how to navigate my life in a better, more Christ-honoring way, Becky. Of course, I don’t to be perfectionistic or legalistic about this, but for me it helps. And I’m glad you find it helpful too, my sweet friend. I’ll pray for you on that issue. When my kids were small, it was my weakness as well. Thanks so much for your encouragement to me! *Hugs*

  • Ah, I like the idea of a measuring stick for my spiritual progress. I’ve not really thought about it that way before, Beth. Easily irritated is a good one. For me, it’s impatience as well. How quickly do I lose my temper with my kids; how much do I view them as a distraction from my to-do list rather than my focus. As always, great thoughts, my friend! You both encourage me and challenge me.

  • You had me laughing out loud and being convicted at the same time. What a great measure to help us see where it is we need to grow (especially in those times when we think we “have it all together”). I will definitely be using this measuring stick on myself to help me turn back to Jesus when I am getting off track!

    • Oh, yes, those “have-it-all-together” moments are the hardest to crack usually. I’m amazed that I was able to hear His still small voice–especially in loud, chaotic Walmart! ha! I’m glad you found this helpful too, Summer. That encourages me more than anything. Thanks so much for weighing in and being kind to me–the “impatient” Walmart shopper! 🙂

  • You had me laughing out loud and being convicted at the same time. What a great measure to help us see where it is we need to grow (especially in those times when we think we “have it all together”). I will definitely be using this measuring stick on myself to help me turn back to Jesus when I am getting off track!

  • Amanda

    Hah! As a marketer for a small, family-owned business I fully appreciate your walmart quips 😉 And I love this post! It was a great self-check for my own heart as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • I bet this did feel good to hear coming from your vantage point, Amanda. I am amazed at how people keep going back to Walmart when all I hear from others is how frustrating it can be! I’m glad you found it helpful. That’s the best thing I can hear, my friend!

  • Amanda

    Hah! As a marketer for a small, family-owned business I fully appreciate your walmart quips 😉 And I love this post! It was a great self-check for my own heart as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • Nan

    Oh yes, the Lord is always having to remind me of my impatience when I wait in line, or how easily I can get annoyed when someone steals my cart at Costco. And they ALWAYS steal my cart at Costco, lol!

    I will have to look into that book. I am starting a mom’s book study and we will be reading “Desperate: Hope For The Mom Who Needs To Breathe” book by Sarah Mae.

    Thanks for hosting today.

    • Now you’re cracking me up, Nan! Stealing your cart in Costco? ha!

      Yes, you should check Lysa’s book out. It’s got “our” kind of humor as well as spiritual/biblical principles grounded in the realities we face, like in … um … Walmart! ha! Thanks for your sweet words of encouragement here! Hugs to you!

  • Nan

    Oh yes, the Lord is always having to remind me of my impatience when I wait in line, or how easily I can get annoyed when someone steals my cart at Costco. And they ALWAYS steal my cart at Costco, lol!

    I will have to look into that book. I am starting a mom’s book study and we will be reading “Desperate: Hope For The Mom Who Needs To Breathe” book by Sarah Mae.

    Thanks for hosting today.

  • Mia

    Dear Beth
    This sounds quite a lot like a Jonah moment when he was mopping under the cucumber tree. Oh, our Pappa does have such a good sense of humor that allows us to fall flat on our faces when we start our tantrums. I had a nice, good giggle, thanks dear friend.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

    • You’ve got me pegged, Mia! He (Pappa) sure has patience with me! Maybe I should learn from that beautiful quality in His life. And I’m so glad this gave you a good “giggle.” We all need one of those from time to time! Thanks for your sweet encouragement here, my friend!

  • Mia

    Dear Beth
    This sounds quite a lot like a Jonah moment when he was mopping under the cucumber tree. Oh, our Pappa does have such a good sense of humor that allows us to fall flat on our faces when we start our tantrums. I had a nice, good giggle, thanks dear friend.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

  • Sherry Lechner Jennings

    Beth, as always, you are spot on!! I will NOT allow anything to steal my joy!! When we see challenging moments as awesome opportunities to slow down and revel in the moment…to see Jesus in the moment…everything changes. Thanks for throwing the Wedded Wednesday link up party, we love Messy Marriage over at IntentionallyYours!!

    • That’s a great point, Sherry. There’s so many positive things we could be doing while we’re waiting in line. Mine came as sort of a loving whap across the head, when I should have been looking for His peace in those delayed moments. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and kindness, my friend. You always bring a smile to my face!

  • Sherry Lechner Jennings

    Beth, as always, you are spot on!! I will NOT allow anything to steal my joy!! When we see challenging moments as awesome opportunities to slow down and revel in the moment…to see Jesus in the moment…everything changes. Thanks for throwing the Wedded Wednesday link up party, we love Messy Marriage over at IntentionallyYours!!

  • Tyson Cooper

    Thanks for hosting this link up each week Beth. I wholeheartedly agree that not only is Walmart a great place to get frustrated it’s also a great place to learn patience. My wife and I try to shop at Walmart early in the day or late in the evening to avoid the crowds as much as possible. We’ll have to start rating our Walmart trips to track our patient progress. 🙂

    • You are choosing wisely, Tyson. I have been trying to avoid the big “W” all together lately–especially since construction on ours makes it that much harder to navigate. But sometimes it’s inevitable. But I’m thankful God used it to teach me a lesson that I needed to learn/hear. And I like your idea to do this as a group project! 😉 Sounds like a winner! Thanks so much for your kind words, my friend!

  • Tyson Cooper

    Thanks for hosting this link up each week Beth. I wholeheartedly agree that not only is Walmart a great place to get frustrated it’s also a great place to learn patience. My wife and I try to shop at Walmart early in the day or late in the evening to avoid the crowds as much as possible. We’ll have to start rating our Walmart trips to track our patient progress. 🙂

  • Kim Adams Morgan

    Hi Beth, thank you for hosting Messy Marriage. I have gotten these reminders too, usually just after I thought I was doing well in my walk with God. He is always reminding us to keep the focus on Him and not on others. I love this about our Father. I agree, Wal-mart is a real test of the will. LOL. Kim

    • Yes, isn’t that the truth?! It always comes after we’ve come off of that mountain and feel like we’re doing so well in our spiritual life. I suppose that’s when pride can rear its ugly head! Thanks so much for your encouragement to me, Kim. I appreciate you weighing in and resonating on the whole Walmart issue. 😉

  • Kim Adams Morgan

    Hi Beth, thank you for hosting Messy Marriage. I have gotten these reminders too, usually just after I thought I was doing well in my walk with God. He is always reminding us to keep the focus on Him and not on others. I love this about our Father. I agree, Wal-mart is a real test of the will. LOL. Kim

  • Jody-Lynne

    I practically live at Walmart because of its proximity to home and my daughters employment, and you’ve just shown me a spiritual measurement in my life. I live my life outside of Walmart by Christ and career, with my focus on others. In Walmart I ignore everything but what I want and where I need to go to get it. I am the antithesis of true Christlike attention to others. I am not sure that equals patience or understanding or compassion. I just get into shopping focus because I have to be there do often. Let’s see what God does with this new awareness.
    Jody-Lynne from intentionallyyours.org.

    • I find that to be the case for me as well, Jody-Lynne. The mundane, daily tasks sometimes are the hardest in my spiritual walk. It’s like I walk through those doors and leave my faith in God in the hot car! ha! I’m so encouraged that you find this to be helpful. That’s my desire–just share with others what God is faithful to teach me. Thanks for your kind words, my friend!

  • Jody-Lynne

    I practically live at Walmart because of its proximity to home and my daughters employment, and you’ve just shown me a spiritual measurement in my life. I live my life outside of Walmart by Christ and career, with my focus on others. In Walmart I ignore everything but what I want and where I need to go to get it. I am the antithesis of true Christlike attention to others. I am not sure that equals patience or understanding or compassion. I just get into shopping focus because I have to be there do often. Let’s see what God does with this new awareness.
    Jody-Lynne from intentionallyyours.org.

  • rboerner

    My place is my vehicle! I get VERY frustrated with other people and feel free to express it – sometimes quite loudly. I am often reminded that my attitude matters wherever I am! And the real kicker is when I have Tyler in the car, God uses him to give me a verbal reminder of my bad attitude. As much as I would like to remind him to shut his mouth so he doesn’t disrespect his mother, I can’t, because the Holy Spirit begins working on me and reminding me that this situation is really about ME and not everyone else involved. 🙂

    • You’ve told me that before, Becky, and every time you do I think, “That can’t be!” You are so sweet and patient in all the other areas that I see you in life. But I guess every one has their “weak area.” 🙂 And the truth is, I join you in that weakness. Next to Walmart, my car is also my trouble spot. So we take these little reminders from God’s loving hand and lay our efforts at His feet. That’s all He wants from us–surrendered hearts. I’ll keep on praying for you and I covet your prayers for me on this matter. Love ya!

  • rboerner

    My place is my vehicle! I get VERY frustrated with other people and feel free to express it – sometimes quite loudly. I am often reminded that my attitude matters wherever I am! And the real kicker is when I have Tyler in the car, God uses him to give me a verbal reminder of my bad attitude. As much as I would like to remind him to shut his mouth so he doesn’t disrespect his mother, I can’t, because the Holy Spirit begins working on me and reminding me that this situation is really about ME and not everyone else involved. 🙂

  • I find my children and my mother’s group places to determine my real focus. When my kids (young teens) have blow-ups, do I blow up right back? Fight fire with fire? When I attend our mother’s coffee/study group, do I join right in with the little man-directed barbs or speak for what is right?

    Every moment holds possibility for measurement — but I think trying to measure myself against everything would overwhelm me more than teach me. I need to see progress, so using a couple of areas as measurement lets me see some, and then I can filter that into other areas.

    It’s all in how you turn it — when I worked as a waitress after college, I had a family sitting in my section. The parents said nothing as their toddler crushed crackers in their wrappers and flung the crumbs everywhere. I felt the irritation rising … and then a coworker walked to the table with the central vacuum hose in her hand and asked the parents, “Would he like to play with this, next?” She diffused the situation for me … something I was not prepared to do, but in a way I will never forget!

    • There truly are so many challenges we face in life, Amy–including how to deal with unruly customers! 😉 I’m glad your former coworker worked that one out for you! And yes, that’s what I’m after too–progress. It may not be that big of deal that I was able to feel a little less frustration at the check-out, but it’s progress nonetheless. As Lysa TerKeurst talks about in her book – I’m after “imperfect progress” as I learn to rely on and surrender to a perfect God. Thanks so much for weighing in, my friend!

  • I find my children and my mother’s group places to determine my real focus. When my kids (young teens) have blow-ups, do I blow up right back? Fight fire with fire? When I attend our mother’s coffee/study group, do I join right in with the little man-directed barbs or speak for what is right?

    Every moment holds possibility for measurement — but I think trying to measure myself against everything would overwhelm me more than teach me. I need to see progress, so using a couple of areas as measurement lets me see some, and then I can filter that into other areas.

    It’s all in how you turn it — when I worked as a waitress after college, I had a family sitting in my section. The parents said nothing as their toddler crushed crackers in their wrappers and flung the crumbs everywhere. I felt the irritation rising … and then a coworker walked to the table with the central vacuum hose in her hand and asked the parents, “Would he like to play with this, next?” She diffused the situation for me … something I was not prepared to do, but in a way I will never forget!

  • GailBP

    Great reminder, Beth. If we can act godly in church but impatient and annoyed at Walmart….hmmmm…not that I’ve ever done that : )
    Yes, it’s the annoying kids and the rude clerks and the inefficient businesses that test us and show us who we really are.

    • Who knew that Walmart would be a spiritual testing ground?! ha! Thanks so much for coming by and brightening my day, Gail!

  • GailBP

    Great reminder, Beth. If we can act godly in church but impatient and annoyed at Walmart….hmmmm…not that I’ve ever done that : )
    Yes, it’s the annoying kids and the rude clerks and the inefficient businesses that test us and show us who we really are.

  • bluecottonmemory

    The car – that is the place where I fail the most. After a little boy asked me if he was going to hell in a grocery store- that opened my eyes to the mission field it really was:)

    • I think that may be the next most popular “testing ground” mentioned, my friend. I can certainly say I’ve had a few frustrating moments behind the wheel too. It feels like we’re so powerful when we’re steering a two ton tank on wheels, doesn’t it? ha! Thanks for stopping by and adding to the discussion!

  • bluecottonmemory

    The car – that is the place where I fail the most. After a little boy asked me if he was going to hell in a grocery store- that opened my eyes to the mission field it really was:)

  • Oh yes, my dear. God so often uses little things to teach me about the big work that yet needs to be done in my own heart!! He is a faithful Father who never quits on us until we reach perfection on the other side…Loved this story! Blessings to you, my sister.

    • Amen, Sheila! It’s in those small moments when I’m not expecting Him that He shows up in big ways. Always glad to have Him by my side–especially when I walk the halls of Walmart! 😉 Thanks for your encouragement, my friend! Right back at ya!

  • Oh yes, my dear. God so often uses little things to teach me about the big work that yet needs to be done in my own heart!! He is a faithful Father who never quits on us until we reach perfection on the other side…Loved this story! Blessings to you, my sister.

  • And on me either, Linda. I am in awe of His patience and mercy toward me every single day. I can’t comprehend it and I suppose I can’t expect to, but I’m grateful for it! Thanks for your kindness to me every week, sweet friend. You’re like your Father, you know! 😉

  • OutnumberedMom

    A spiritual revelation at Walmart! I love it.
    What I really love is that you were open to hearing Him, even in the midst of your impatience. I love that He keeps standing there and knocking…

    • Yes, that was the real “miracle” in all of it, Laura Lee. That I would listen! 🙂 And I’m so glad that He kept “knocking” too! What a sweet way to put it–and so very true! Thanks for stopping by and weighing in, my friend!

  • OutnumberedMom

    A spiritual revelation at Walmart! I love it.
    What I really love is that you were open to hearing Him, even in the midst of your impatience. I love that He keeps standing there and knocking…

  • Yes, I love practical ways of figuring out how to navigate my life in a better, more Christ-honoring way, Becky. Of course, I don’t to be perfectionistic or legalistic about this, but for me it helps. And I’m glad you find it helpful too, my sweet friend. I’ll pray for you on that issue. When my kids were small, it was my weakness as well. Thanks so much for your encouragement to me! *Hugs*

  • Oh, yes, those “have-it-all-together” moments are the hardest to crack usually. I’m amazed that I was able to hear His still small voice–especially in loud, chaotic Walmart! ha! I’m glad you found this helpful too, Summer. That encourages me more than anything. Thanks so much for weighing and being kind to me–the “impatient” Walmart shopper! 🙂

  • I bet this did feel good to hear coming from your vantage point, Amanda. I am amazed at how people keep going back to Walmart when all I hear from others is how frustrating it can be! I’m glad you found it helpful. That’s the best thing I can hear, my friend!

  • Now you’re cracking me up, Nan! Stealing your cart in Costco? ha!

    Yes, you should check Lysa’s book out. It’s got “our” kind of humor as well as spiritual/biblical principles grounded in the realities we face, like in … um … Walmart! ha! Thanks for your sweet words of encouragement here! Hugs to you!

  • You’ve got me pegged, Mia! He (Pappa) sure has patience with me! Maybe I should learn from that beautiful quality in His life. And I’m so glad this gave you a good “giggle.” We all need one of those from time to time! Thanks for your sweet encouragement here, my friend!

  • That’s a great point, Sherry. There’s so many positive things we could be doing while we’re waiting in line. Mine came as sort of a loving whap across the head, when I should have been looking for His peace in those delayed moments. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and kindness, my friend. You always bring a smile to my face!

  • You are choosing wisely, Tyson. I have been trying to avoid the big “W” all together lately–especially since construction on ours makes it that much harder to navigate. But sometimes it’s inevitable. But I’m thankful God used it to teach me a lesson that I needed to learn/hear. And I like your idea to do this as a group project! 😉 Sounds like a winner! Thanks so much for your kind words, my friend!

  • Yes, isn’t that the truth?! It always comes after we’ve come off of that mountain and feel like we’re doing so well in our spiritual life. I suppose that’s when pride can rear its ugly head! Thanks so much for your encouragement to me, Kim. I appreciate you weighing in and resonating on the whole Walmart issue. 😉

  • I find that to be the case for me as well, Jody-Lynne. The mundane, daily tasks sometimes are the hardest in my spiritual walk. It’s like I walk through those doors and leave my faith in God in the hot car! ha! I’m so encouraged that you find this to be helpful. That’s my desire–just share with others what God is faithful to teach me. Thanks for your kind words, my friend!

  • You’ve told me that before, Becky, and every time you do I think, “That can’t be!” You are so sweet and patient in all the other areas that I see you in life. But I guess every one has their “weak area.” 🙂 And the truth is, I join you in that weakness. Next to Walmart, my car is also my trouble spot. So we take these little reminders from God’s loving hand and lay our efforts at His feet. That’s all He wants from us–surrendered hearts. I’ll keep on praying for you and I covet your prayers for me on this matter. Love ya!

  • This is so funny Beth! By the time Jesus was talking to you, I was in that boat with you. (that tells you how far i have to go too!)

    Funny thing (and this is because am still very new-ish around here i know!) I find the big stores a bit of fun…when am not looking for something that is 🙂

    Lately, I’ve been hearing His voice in the area of comparison and criticism. I’ve got ways to go.

    • Yes, they can be fun when we are not in a rush or carrying a bad attitude with us into the store! ha! I’m glad you found it funny. I found myself laughing about it too after I woke up from my irritated attitude! Thanks also for sharing what you struggle with, Ngina. That comparison trap gets me down every time play it too, so I’m trying really hard not to do it anymore. Easier said than done, but I’m getting there–“imperfect progress!” 🙂

  • This is so funny Beth! By the time Jesus was talking to you, I was in that boat with you. (that tells you how far i have to go too!)

    Funny thing (and this is because am still very new-ish around here i know!) I find the big stores a bit of fun…when am not looking for something that is 🙂

    Lately, I’ve been hearing His voice in the area of comparison and criticism. I’ve got ways to go.

  • I’ll never look at my trip to WalMart in the same way! (Oh, and I DO remember the church lady!)

    • I don’t know whether that’s good or bad, Alicia! But I’ll take it as a good thing and I’m so glad somebody else remembers the “church lady!” I imagined the look the church lady gives when he/she says, “Isn’t that special” too. It made it much funnier in my head! ha! Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me, my friend!

  • I’ll never look at my trip to WalMart in the same way! (Oh, and I DO remember the church lady!)

  • There truly are so many challenges we face in life, Amy–including how to deal with unruly customers! 😉 I’m glad your former coworker worked that one out for you! And yes, that’s what I’m after too–progress. It may not be that big of deal that I was able to feel a little less frustration at the check-out, but it’s progress nonetheless. As Lysa TerKeurst talks about in her book – I’m after “imperfect progress” as I learn to rely on and surrender to a perfect God. Thanks so much for weighing in, my friend!

  • Who knew that Walmart would be a spiritual testing ground?! ha! Thanks so much for coming by and brightening my day, Gail!

  • I think that may be the next most popular “testing ground” mentioned, my friend. I can certainly say I’ve had a few frustrating moments behind the wheel too. It feels like we’re so powerful when we’re steering a two ton tank on wheels, doesn’t it? ha! Thanks for stopping by and adding to the discussion!

  • Amen, Sheila! It’s in those small moments when I’m not expecting Him that He shows up in big ways. Always glad to have Him by my side–especially when I walk the halls of Walmart! 😉 Thanks for your encouragement, my friend! Right back at ya!

  • Yes, that was the real “miracle” in all of it, Laura Lee. That I would listen! 🙂 And I’m so glad that He kept “knocking” too! What a sweet way to put it–and so very true! Thanks for stopping by and weighing in, my friend!

  • Yes, they can be fun when we are not in a rush or carrying a bad attitude with us into the store! ha! I’m glad you found it funny. I found myself laughing about it too after I woke up from my irritated attitude! Thanks also for sharing what you struggle with. That comparison trap gets me down every time play it too, so I’m trying really hard not to do it anymore. Easier said than done, but I’m getting there–“imperfect progress!” 🙂

  • I don’t know whether that’s good or bad, Alicia! But I’ll take it as a good thing and I’m so glad somebody else remembers the “church lady!” I imagined the look the church lady gives when he/she says, “Isn’t that special” too. It made it much funnier in my head! ha! Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me, my friend!

  • Lisa

    Once again, Beth, you hit us right in the heart…where we need it most! How easy it is to focus on what others are doing wrong, rather than what WE need to change.

    Attitudes are so very important, aren’t they? We can look at a delay and get frustrated, or we can consider it “God’s rerouting!” If He really does know everything and really does plan our lives for the best, then even the inconveniences can be taken with a heart of thankfulness.

    Oh, to get to that point regularly!! Thanks again, Beth!

    • Yes, Lisa, we need to take those “rerouting” moments from God as a good thing, a blessing that gets us back on the right track. Thanks so much for stopping by and adding to the discussion, as well as encouraging me, Lisa. Thanks so much, my friend!

  • Lisa

    Once again, Beth, you hit us right in the heart…where we need it most! How easy it is to focus on what others are doing wrong, rather than what WE need to change.

    Attitudes are so very important, aren’t they? We can look at a delay and get frustrated, or we can consider it “God’s rerouting!” If He really does know everything and really does plan our lives for the best, then even the inconveniences can be taken with a heart of thankfulness.

    Oh, to get to that point regularly!! Thanks again, Beth!

  • Yes, Lisa, we need to take those “rerouting” moments from God as a good thing, a blessing that gets us back on the right track. Thanks so much for stopping by and adding to the discussion, as well as encouraging me, Lisa. Thanks so much, my friend!