We’ve all been there. Plans, ideas, and goals change, take a pause, a standstill, or take a whole lot longer to achieve because well life happens – whether it’s intentional decisions that change it all up or unexpected things. I’ve been a witness to this in my life and I’ve let my mind completely take over how I dealt with it all. I’ve blogged before about how the thief comes only to destroy (John 10:10) but what happens when your focus is only that? That’s what was going on with me. In prayer I kept rebuking the enemy and his schemes and convincing myself I could achieve this that and anything else I set out to do – whether just simple tasks in that day to big plans for the future. Guess what? I was only growing frustrated if I didn’t achieve any of it or overwhelmed if I did! All I kept telling myself was that the enemy had a hold of me! One day I broke down crying in prayer (will not be the first or last time I do that!) and all I could hear was a loud “It’s okay, Stephanie.” I realized then that I had focused so much on what the enemy was supposedly doing in my mind and life that I forgot how much God does and has already done in my life and that He loves everything about me – all my strengths, my weaknesses, and even my unmet, changed, paused etc. plans, ideas and goals. In that moment there was a shift in my mind and heart reminding me of Zephaniah 3:17 ” … he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love … ” and Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has plans for us – not to harm us but to prosper us and give us hope and a future! Why wouldn’t THAT take precedent in my heart? Pair that moment with uplifting, encouraging, and positive words from very special people in my life and I was able to shake it off and press on with God right beside me. Fast forward and here I am with a confidence in God that I don’t think I really understood until that moment when I heard “It’s okay, Stephanie.” I wasn’t giving His love and acceptance of ALL of me enough recognition in my life and since I started all I hear is a resounding “It’s okay, Stephanie.” It’s been liberating and I invite you to do the same. God bless.