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I don't know where you currently are in your relationship with Christ. I'm at a place where I try to do everything according to God's will. Trust me, I've done many things outside of His will, and they never work out. Doing something outside of God’s plan for you doesn't mean that you did something wrong or sinful. Sometimes you just miss His signals and head off in the wrong direction.
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
This scripture promises us that God wants us to prosper. He doesn't want any harm to come to us and He has an excellent plan for our lives. Do you want to experience God's promises for my life, and all that entails? I do, and that means living my life according to Hisplans. So how do you know when you are living according to God's will? It can present a quandary. Let me give you an example form my life.
In January of 2002, my husband asked me for a divorce, and my world was turned upside down. It catapulted me back to my Christian roots and an intimate relationship with Christ. If you have read my memoir, Born Again in a Biker Bar, you know that there is much to the story.
Despite inviting Christ into my heart and life at the age of nine, I'd wandered way off of the Christian path. When I renewed my relationship with Him, Jesus, spoke into my heart and told me that He would save my marriage. Two months later my alcoholic husband moved back into our home. I was thrilled to have my husband back and believed that one day, in God's timing, Tommy would give his life to Christ and give up drinking. I knew in the depths of my being that it would come to pass.
I had acknowledged my codependency, but I was still very much a work in progress. So, as was typical for me, I came up with my own plan to revive my marriage and get my husband to quit drinking. I'd owned Johnny's Bar & Grill for six years at this point, and I was sure that God did not want me in the bar business any longer. Christians should not own bars, after all. I hatched a plan to sell Johnny's and our home, and purchase a Bed and Breakfast. I pictured myself witnessing to my patrons at the breakfast table, having Bibles and other wonderful spiritual books available in the rooms and entertainment areas, and introducing hundreds of people to the fabulous life awaiting them with Christ at the helm. There was nothing unbiblical or wrong about this plan. The problem was, it was my plan and not God's.
I'd prayed about it fervently. I just knew that if I got Tommy away from the bar, he would get sober. We started the hunt for a Bed and Breakfast in California. We looked at a few in the Santa Cruz area and some in the Russian River region. During this time, Tommy had cut way back on his drinking. He knew it was a problem that almost destroyed our marriage so he was doing his best to bring it down a few notches. He was much more pleasant to be with, and we enjoyed our road trips. It gave us a new purpose.
We found a place that we both loved in Fern Grove, that was right on the Russian River. The living quarters that accompanied the business was a spacious two-bedroom house. The six cottages were cute, and I could see myself in its office and kitchen running a thriving business. This is what God wanted me to do. I was sure of it. We made an offer on the place contingent upon our selling our home in Hollister and Johnny's Bar & Grill, and we wanted sixty days to accomplish that. Looking back, I can see just how crazy we were to believe the offer would be accepted.
I have seen God perform some amazing miracles, and I knew that He could bring this wild idea to pass if He wanted to. "If" is the definitive word in that sentence. You see, I had been praying, not for God's will to be done, but for Him to bring my plans to fruition. Instead of praying to follow His plan, I was tossing mine out there, asking His opinion of it, and not bothering to listen for His answer. Yes, my idea was terrific and didn't contradict anything biblical. But, God will not help you to accomplish something that He didn’t ask you to do.
Our all-knowing God saw what I could not yet see. He knew that even though Tommy cut back on his drinking, it did not mean that he was prepared to quit. God, me, and our marriage had not surpassed alcohol on his list of priorities. Booze still held the number one position. The handyman that hadn't so much as changed a lightbulb at Johnny's to help me was not going to man up and make repairs and renovations to a six cottage Bed & Breakfast. It just wasn't in him, yet.
In my experience, God likes to do things in a big way. He knows that our human nature is to take credit where credit is not due. He wanted to be sure that I, and everyone in my life, was a witness to a what could only be seen as an act of God. I had given myself credit for everything for a very long time. The business was thriving because of all of myefforts and expertise. We were blessed with wonderful friends and customers because Iwas such a pleasure to be around and gave such excellent service. The roof was over our heads because of myhard work. The bills were paid and employees had paychecks because of mybusiness savvy.
God had to complete a work in me before He could even begin to work on my husband. He needed to show me how manipulative and selfish I was. He needed for me to understand that I wasn't always right. He used my husband's alcoholism to do those things while I still owned and operated a bar. He showed me that when He was ready to move me out of the bar business and on to something new He would provide the way.
In the almost four years between the renewing of my faith, and Tommy finding sobriety, God used my husband and Johnny's like sandpaper to rub off many of my rough edges. And God did some amazing things for us and others, using Johnny's Bar & Grill as His tool. I recount many stories in my memoir, Born Again in a Biker Bar, but I don't begin to come close to sharing them all. I don't know how many lives God touched through Tommy and me at Johnny's. I won't know until I sit down and chat with Jesus in heaven. I can't wait for that day.
I share this story with you in hopes that if you are facing a life-changing decision you will search for God’s answers and have the ears to hear, and the heart to embrace His instructions. However, you can’t accomplish that without tuning out the rest of the world’s noise. You can’t ask thirty friends for their opinion on the situation. You need to take it to God, pray fervently, and wait for His answers. But, how do you know when you are hearing from God? When you are at peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.
When I came to accept that God wanted me right where I was and that He would provide the right buyer for Johnny’s, at the right time, I experienced the peace that surpasses understanding. Don’t get me wrong, as I got past one calamity after the other in my business, I questioned God’s timing. There were times when I would scream at the top of my lungs, “How much longer do you expect me to do this, God?” “I can’t take it anymore!” And he would say, “Yes you can.”
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
God’s promises are true. He never fails us and He can get you through any situation that you face. You may never understand the reason that you had to go through a harrowing ordeal, but with God by your side you can get through anything.
If you are facing adverse circumstances and you’d like someone to pray for you, shoot me a message through Facebook or send me an email. I believe that God got me through my trials so that I can be there to help you.
2 Corinthians 1:4 - He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God.
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