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Straighten Your Crown: God’s Plan

It was just “that” kind of day.

You know, the day when nothing goes smoothly. Though I planned everything perfectly, the objects and people around me somehow were out to get me. Every traffic light seemed to know I was approaching and suddenly turned to red at the sight of my car. It appeared that every elderly person thought it was just the right time to go 7 miles per hour under the speed limit as I dodged traffic. Seriously? I had carpool to go to!

I thought I would change my mood by doing something nice.

So I decided to swing by the local Chick-fil-A to buy chocolate shakes for my kiddos to surprise them. Well, wouldn’t ya know it …. a vehicle two cars ahead had a very L O N G order. I was stuck unable to back up and shift to the next line (moving ever so more quickly). This must be a sign that God did not want me in the car. I pulled in to a parking spot and went inside.

As I entered, I received a surprise greeting by a good friend I hadn’t seen in months.

We hugged and quickly brought each other up on the latest news of our families and jobs. A fellow Christian mother at a different point in her life, her smile and friendliness were JUST what I needed. I left the restaurant with chocolate shakes in hand and the peace I needed all along. Yep, God did NOT want me in the car. He wanted me to greet a friend.

Over the years I have learned that when things become difficult, my crown feels just off, it is because I am doing what I want, not what God wants of me.

 Philippians 4:21

“Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The friends who are with me greet you.”

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Nicole Lashbrook

Nicole is a wife of 22 years (and counting) and a mother of two amazing children. She is a frequent Eucharist adorer on her journey to Heaven.

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