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Unexpected Bends in the Road

There has been a recent meme of a little girl staring down a huge bull.

It is such a wonderful graphic, as it’s only a cropped-out part of a larger picture that shows a whole community of support behind this little girl. The point is we can often forget that support from others, but especially God. Sometimes circumstances are such that God has us grow in ways we never imagined, and we step into new roles and face new challenges that before seemed insurmountable.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, many families are now home together, working and learning, discovering a new rhythm to their days.  It’s new and scary. Things seem to be changing moment by moment, and those challenges make us feel like a little girl staring down a huge bull. There is that popular phrase “fear is in the unknown”, but I have learned that there is also a true peace and deep faith to be found.

It’s amazing how these unexpected paths God has us travel gently push us into new roles.

My changes over the last few years have been subtle and huge all at the same time. I now sleep on the side of the bed closest to the door, so in an emergency I can protect my children. If a noise is heard, I’m the one who must investigate! I have realized that I have a bravery and trust I didn’t have before.  I wear many different hats and am learning to balance a much fuller plate than before, however, I have found so much peace and thankfulness for that plate.

Occasionally the new expectations hit me like a tidal wave, full of fear, panic, and regret.

This surge of fear is not from God, however. The gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit is to embrace all these changes, be in the moment and learn. I know God is at work when I feel convicted and desire to change direction and repent. God’s corrections always have a dose of hope.  Fear can lead to comparison, which is the stealer of peace and joy. It distracts us from fully witnessing the beauty our God is creating.

So, embrace the challenges.

Be thankful for this opportunity to live more simply, and love each other more deeply, especially yourself. I am so excited to read how God has used this time to bring you and your families closer to Him

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Shona Terrell

Shona is a British single mama to four wonderful American children. She feels closest to God outside, or when enjoying a beautiful art form such as ballet, art, or music. She fell in love with, and converted to, the Catholic church 13 years ago. God has been very good to her.

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