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Don't Get in a Hurry


Hello everyone and Happy Friday!

Have you ever been in a hurry to do something? How did that work out for you?

I have been in a hurry alot in my life - part of that is personality, part of that was just impatience with a process. In my case, it never really worked out well. It has cost me time, money or relationships in the end.

It wasn't until about a year ago that I realized how I had lived most of my young life in an impulsive hurry - trying to get somewhere the fastest, have something the fastest or please someone else. I've spent alot of time, money and effort making hurried, bad decisions in my life. In my marriage, I had a sick husband doing the same, which just further complicated life.

I have turned over a new leaf so to speak in the last year or so. I have decided I am not going to be in a hurry anymore. I am not going to let someone else get me in a hurry either in order to please them or meet some unrealistic expectation they may have. Afterall, I don't have to keep up with others - I'm not in a competition. I will not hurry about financial decisions, relational decisions or other decisions that affect my well being. I will be cautious and consider all the angles. I will be sure, at this point in my life, that I am making the best decision for me.

Now don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean I will stall when I need to make a good decision. That does not mean I will be indecisive. That simply means I will take my time and consider all the options - both good and bad. And guess who else I will involve more than I ever have, to be honest? God. I will ask God what He thinks and do accordingly because in the end, He knows what is going to happen anyway. He knows me best and He has a perfect plan for me.

There are times I wish my 40 year old self could go back in time and meet my 18 year old self for lunch and have a chat with her. Oh how much mess and drama I could have avoided! However, life does not work that way. We live and learn and make better decisions.

I hope you will consider slowing down and taking your time in your life. Be decisive but thorough - consider your options and weigh the good and the bad. Don't compete - the people who want to compete with you don't know you and they didn't make you. Why give their opinions the time of day? And most of all, have you ever considered what God thinks? He loves you and wants the best for you. He knows your deepest heart's desire.

I will leave you with a verse I have shared before and one I want you to think about:

Jeremiah 29:11 MSG; I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

Psalm 37:4 AMP; Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.

Until next time,

Elizabeth


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