“This is not what I thought my life would be like.”
It like you’ve come to a fork in the road. You expected to go on the road everyone else was taking. But the smaller, rougher road is the one you ended up on.
My comfortable road got bumpy when our first child was diagnosed with a rare disease. We went from naive, young parents to overwhelmed, grieving special needs parents. We didn’t know if our six-month-old daughter would ever stop seizing, or smile again, let alone laugh, talk, crawl, walk, learn…or if we would ever have any semblance of a normal life. And other kids? No way.
When our expectations for life don’t match our reality, what do we do?
I call it turning your river.
Turning the river from your expectations to your reality, whatever that reality is, takes an adjustment.
When we turn our river from the old familiar path to new, uncharted territory, it’s uncomfortable. Sometimes it is painful. Sometimes it is liberating.
I believe it can be joyful.
I turned my river when I opened my dusty Bible and read familiar Truth with fresh eyes and a hurting heart. In that book, I found the freedom to live in a new way. I found peace in Jesus. His love energizes, fulfills, and sustains.
But there’s something else: The more I know my Bible, the better I know Jesus, and the more I know his love, his sustenance.
If you are coming to this blog with a new reality, whether through a health diagnosis, family crisis, personal drama, or disillusionment, I hope you find inspiration to turn your river. I encourage you to take action right now. Open your Bible. Dig in, get to know Jesus. Find your peace today.
Blessings to you, friend.