Lessons Learned by Being Open

openLooking back at my life, why wasn’t I more open to God’s lead then?  Why didn’t I listen when all I did is what I thought would be best for me?  Too many years have gone by…if only I had been more open to what His calling was for my life, it would have been quite different.  I sometimes look back on my mistakes and careless decisions that were made and feel that maybe I deserved the result from all of it. 

Then I remember that God doesn’t allow me to have regrets when I follow His path for my life.  Most of my destiny to this point was made from these decisions and thoughts on how I have to plan my life “my way.”  My way has been full of struggles, heartache and loss. 

I now am surviving and I will thrive because I have learned to be open to what the Lord calls me to do.  My life is finally on the right course now that I am following His plan.  My ultimate regret is that I could have had a much more joyful journey thus far if I had been open for His best.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

There is reassurance knowing God is using my trials to be a witness to others and help me to understand that I really do need His guidance.  In every area of my life I will follow Him for the rest of my days with an open heart for Him.  I now have hope to face each day and circumstance without worry but trust, when I rest in His promise for my life.

Word of the Day “Open”



  1. Thanks for sharing! You’re right, even though we’re off path God doesn’t hold grudges. What a privilege! I hope you experience much joy as you allow the Lord to lead you! Happy Friday from your FMF neighbor!

  2. I had thoughts on being open to God’s best as well. Stopping by from FMF. At least we always get a fresh start with each new day. Thank God for new beginnings!

  3. Beautiful! Sometimes we need multiple life lessons to fully grasp what God has ben telling us all along. I am praying with you that we all remain open to His calling and plan for our lives. Have a blessed weekend!

  4. Thank you Katha…I have learned a lot within the last few years about waiting and not proceeding without God’s direction. What a relief to not carry everything on our shoulders! Happy Friday. 🙂

  5. Thank you Rebekah…thankfully each day gives us so much hope!

  6. Yes Mary…I think I am finally realizing the joys of following His lead and not mine! Sometimes still difficult, but worth the wait. Have a blessed weekend as well. 🙂

  7. Ah, we all experience regret over ways we didn’t do certainly things or for not being open to hear God’s voice. But what a Savior we have who forgives us unconditionally and starts working with us wherever we might be!

  8. Yes…it’s good to be rescued from difficult circumstances that we have made for ourselves. His grace is so important that allows us to get back on track again.

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