Daily Delight

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. -Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)

I had big plans for myself when I entered my first year of college, and I was excited at the prospect of my future in the medical field. As time went on, entering year three began to look very different for me. I fell in love and got married, and over time I sensed God shifting my passions from something I saw as a huge accomplishment (because, it is!) to something I struggled with seeing of the same importance; job title: Mom. Though in hindsight, I see the obvious accomplishment and nobility of my job, in the moment I felt that I was not living up to my own expectations, or perhaps society’s expectations of what success looks like. Slowly, my vision for myself changed from working in medicine, to longing for motherhood; and, a short time later, we were surprised to find out we were expecting!

Young in our marriage, and both in school, we were of course excited but also confused as to what that meant for my next steps. I attempted to stick it out another couple of years in school, because to be totally transparent, I had not come to terms with the fact that my life was about to look very different in a short time. Through lots of prayer and questioning, God revealed His planned steps for my family to me, and His vision quickly became my own. Today, with teary eyes, I am thankful for God’s plan for me, and I wouldn’t change a single step.

Though it was a struggle for me to be okay with not completing my own pre-meditated plans for myself as a working woman, I am confident in God’s calling on my life. It has birthed new passions and avenues for me that I believe would not have been discovered had He not shifted my steps and transformed my vision. I’ve become more intentional in my relationships, my sense of purpose has new vision, my passions have grown, and my love has been taken to a level that I didn’t know existed prior to motherhood.

All in all, I am grateful that He is the One directing my path, because He knows fully what my heart and my passions look like—even better than I.
{photo: @bethno13}

About the Author

Tera Pianalto≫ ≫Tera is a wife and stay at home mom to a sweet little girl. She lives in Northwest Arkansas and loves all things southern! Her favorite things are being with the people she loves, warm, sunny days, being outside, coffee, and puppies. Tera's goal is to make her ministry in her everyday life by serving her daughter and husband, and encouraging and loving on those around her.


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