Good day friends.  How are you, today? How was your week?  We are about six (6) weeks away from the end of the year.  In just a few weeks, we will welcome a new year, if the Lord allows.  2019 is right around and honestly, I’m not quite sure I’m ready. But really, have you ever thought about how one gets ready for a new year? But thankfully, before we get there, we have about six (6) weeks to review and analyze the past year.  How did I do in my walk with the Lord?  Was it a priority to honor Him with the things He has given me to do? Have my footprints lead others to my Savior? These are a few of the questions; I need to honestly answer with my Lord. prov 31 31 Last year, we took Anna to scout out a college and while there, I noticed this caption, ‘Bloom where you’re planted’, written on the wall. The Resident Director said for a few students, this was not where they chose to be, but rather than make the most of where they were, they squandered their time, and most need a behavior adjustment (Yep, certainly sounds familiar).Proverbs 31 26 That got me into thinking of a time when I was in a place I did not want to be.  I just could not believe that the Lord had planned this for my life.  I had my life all mapped out already; (you already know, don’t you?) how I was going to serve the Lord and where that service would take place and it was a good plan (or so I thought).  But here I was, in a totally new environment with which I was unfamiliar.  That could not be right!  How can I function under these circumstances?  I prayed and waited for change. And I prayed and I waited; and prayed and waited some more… (You get the drift). Nothing happened; nothing changed.  Fear was first in the miasma of emotions. Anger and bitterness quickly followed and on the heels of that came depression.  Throughout that time, the question, ‘How can God do this to me?’, was never far from my mind.  Also, during that time, throughout the varied emotions, while I still continued to wait for the Lord to change my setting, I should also mention, that I never stopped praying (trying to convince God that I knew better) and I read my Bible daily (that was habitual).  proverbs-3 I was not in a good place.  My eyes were no longer on the Lord, but were rather on the situation and of now, the situation had a life of its own.   I was sinking and was utterly overwhelmed with the direction my life was going.  But God is faithful, He is gracious and full of mercy and there is no end to His amazing grace.  The Bible tells us that the Word of God will not return void and ultimately when I hit rock bottom, I could only call on the Lord to save me.  Throughout that time, the Lord Himself became my Strength, my Shield, my Defender, and my Protector.  His Word eventually broke through the barrier that had been built by my emotions, by my doubt.  Do you know my God?  Eventually, the Lord brought my attention back to what I already knew to be true, about my God.  He is good and He always does good.  He knows best, always; all the time; everyday. phil1-6Bloom where you’re planted.  You are there for a purpose.  God is infallible; He does and He allows.  Allow Him to change you and grow you, nurture you.  It was always about you; never really about the circumstance.  It is just a tool to be used by a Holy, Righteous, and Loving God to draw you to Him.  Live life, enjoy the sunshine, laugh. Your God has not abandoned you.  He was and still is right there.  Trust that He knows what he is doing.  Believe He is and continues to work it out for your good.  Bloom where you’re planted.  closing1brenda