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It’s All Gonna Be Okay.

Colossians 3:1-4
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, 
set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
I can get so caught up in wondering what his plan is in my situation and my circumstances.
Where are you, God?
What is your plan in this?
Why aren’t you doing what I need you to do or want you do in my circumstance?
God is always with me.
He never leaves me.
He knows my name.
He formed me in my mother’s womb.
There isn’t a detail about me that is hidden from him.
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
HE IS MY LIFE.
HE IS MY PLAN.
HE IS MY WILL.
His will for me isn’t about the job we take or the house we buy or how many kids we have.
His will for me is HIM.
I died, and my life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Most days, I get this.
But not last Friday.
I was driving in my car talking to God.
And, ohhh, was I ever talking.
I was telling him how afraid I was about the house that needs to sell.
I was reminding him of all the reasons I needed him to sell.that.house.
I was crying real tears and talking real serious business.
And, then I stopped at a light and looked up to see the best bumper sticker ever.
It read: “IT’S ALL GONNA BE OKAY.”
I’m not going to say that God doesn’t care about the sell of my house.
Maybe he does. Maybe he doesn’t.
What I do know that he absolutely cares about is my faith and trust and hope being in him.
…not my circumstances or my situations.
The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
He cares that my life glorifies Him and that I enjoy Him forever.
…whether my house sells or not.
It is a messed up theology that says we get blessed because we love God or serve God.
And, I’m sad to say that I’ve caved in and thought some of those same thoughts way too often.
I hope our house sells and I pray that it is soon.
But, one thing is for sure, my faith has grown because it has been tried and tested.
And, honestly, tonight, I’m thanking him for it.
21.  that my faith is being stretched.
22. for the note that Andy left me this morning on the shower wall.
23. for a church that preaches truth.
24. for Emily’s book, “Grace for the Good Girl.”
25. for clean and organized kitchen cabinets.
26. for 66* weather.
27. for my kids, who are asleep and not arguing anymore today.

A Rosy Note - Oh, Tara, I'm with you…always wondering about God's plan and what I can do to set things in motion instead of just leaving things up to him and trusting that he knows what is best for me. I hope that God's plan for you is what you're hoping and that your house sells.
xo Tricia

A Rosy Note - Hi, me again. I just have to say that I clicked on a post in your linkwithin…the big hair post :) Gee, that look is familiar. I think I had the same hairdo…lol.

DustyLu - Beautiful! Keep strong in your faith and everything will be o.k. Hope you are well my dear. Have a wonderful day lulu

LLH Designs - Amen and amen. I always remind myself of my chief end. If I don't keep the end in sight, I lose my way all too easily and start thinking this life is all about my comfort and ease. Isn't it amazing how our faith is strengthened during the struggles that we wish didn't exist? God has you, Tara. And knowing you, there's nowhere else you'd rather be!

xo,
Linsey

Charissa Steyn - I so know what you are talking about!! when we feel God stretching our faith it's hard and beautiful all at the same time, but you will begin to see the fruit of it!!

Janie Fox - I love this Tara. We got caught up in the being happy part and lose the being holy part far too often. God loves us and never leaves us even when the days seem the darkest. I have come outta that dark waaay better than I went in because of his undying love!

Farmgirl Paints - why can't you live across the street?? can't tell you how much i truly love who you are! i just know we would be so close. ugh!!! anyway you know i'm right there with you…wondering about the plan, pleading with God to sell our house…knowing that i'm in His will only makes it all make sense.

oh and about your comment. never thought of that before. what a blessing that she wanted me to be apart of that rite of passage. that she didn't just do it herself. yay! have a great day friend. "it's all gonna be okay';)

Biz - So true and brutally honest.
I love the reminder that God is not here because of us and for us.
We are here because of HIM and for HIM.
You are absolutely correct in finding comfort in knowing that it will all work out.
If HE brings you to it, HE will bright you through it!
Sending love and support your way today!
Be Blessed,
Biz

Alicia - so good tara. we get so crazed sometimes if God doesn't answer just the way to pictured. i'm praying that your house does sell…it'll allll be okay :)

Aunt Barb - I was reminding him of all the reasons I needed him to sell.that.house."
First please know that I am not bashing you just a comment.

God doesn't sell houses! My God is not a real estate agent. It's difficult for me to embrace this belief that God does things like that.

In my world, God is a loving God who embraces all, loves all, aides us in our hurts, gives us strength, showers us with blessings but never would I ask him to sell my house.

Just sayin'!

Deborah - Tara, I love your honest heart and love how God heard your cry and answered in such a special way!
Oh the ways He speaks to us!!
So glad Hes got everything under control and He is always working in the midst of every area of our lives!
So glad He's so big!!
And He's right there with you…all the way!
Blessings!

Deborah xoxo

Gina - Good stuff!!! I think we can get so hung up on what God's will is and lose sight of the big picture. He is our will! Love it! :)

Laurie J - this is great. absolutely love (and NEEDED) the perspective. 'He is our will'–amen!
<3

Kim B. - My husband just walked in the door frustrated over some things that have been DRAGGING on & I immediately cut & pasted your faith picture & emailed it to him (he went straight to his office). It is not a coincidence that I was reading your blog at the same time he walked in. God knows, God cares & God WILL get us through ALL our burdens & trails….one faithful step at a time :) Praying for your family!!

Empty Nest Full Life - What a great reminder for me today. We have a townhouse that we bought when my son went to school, needless to say, w/ the market down it hasn't sold, and I have had the same prayer, many times, and wondered why. I know how you feel, and praying that your house sells soon. Jackie

Vanessa - Amen! It's all going to be ok if we just let HIM in our boat of life. The storms are all around us, but when we let Him in our boat, there is life and peace. Praise the Lord Tara!

Lissa - you are SUCH a sweetheart!! And I'm SO happy you are blogging because you bless me greatly!!! I've really never thought about faith exactly like this before but I think you've got it right on!

Tessa - It is a messed up theology to think we get blessed because we love and serve God. Though I think this is exactly how many Christians think. I find it humorous to think we even know what are true blessings are sometimes. Wealth, financial security, a pretty home…the times people count them among their blessings…myself included. The greatest blessing, truly, in knowing real and true love…when there is fear, worry, when we feel alone and confused, when we feel our most vulnerable…it is hard to remember that in the midst of the trials of life. Thanks for this posts. xoxo

So Many Little Things - I just found your blog. This is a beautiful post. We had a very hard time selling our last house too. It caused a strain on our marriage among lesser problems. I think you are right that God is stretching your faith. After many years of banging my head against the wall, I have realized he works in his way in his time and above all for his purpose. You are being told to wait for a reason. The fact that you know he is with you shows the truth in this. It can all sound kind of trite or cliche but when you experience you know it is true. You have touched my heart tonight and re-enforced what I already knew (but needed reminding). I'll be back to this space. Keep up the good work!

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