Move on

I think it’s great to plan, but sometimes things don’t go the way we plan so we have to improvise or “make the best” of the situation. Sayings like “if you have lemons, make lemonade” is a good example. I love to plan but many times things don’t work out the way I had hoped. I have to remind myself that I did my best and sometimes things are out of my control.

For some reason I think about 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient and kind… It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable… Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

We should have patience whenever our plans fail, we need to react in love instead of being upset, and we need to look beyond the current circumstance. There are greater things to think about, so when we feel disappointed then we need to give it to God and move on.

Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Hope and a future

A few days ago my son sent a sonogram picture of my unborn grandchild to me (this will be my fourth grandchild). 

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My son and daughter-in-law have come such a long way in their relationship. I thought about the first time I had seen my daughter-in-law. It was our first Sunday at the church.

As we waited for people to arrive for service, a small blonde-haired girl walked past us—she never looked up; her eyes were fixed on the ground as she went by. The first thought that came to my mind was, “She’d be perfect for my son… she’s his type.”

A little while after that they started to spend time together, but things didn’t work out between them—those things happen with teenagers.

A few years later, my son announced that he was going to ask a girl to marry him, but after buying the ring she ended the relationship. He was devastated so he came home to spend some time with us.

A couple of days after being home he told us that he was spending time with a friend. I found out later that he was seeing the small blonde-haired girl.

For the next year they maintained a long-distance relationship—she was at a college in her hometown, and he was at a school 100 miles away. Finally after his graduation, he gave up his apartment to move back home and they spent another year “hanging out” with one another.

After a fairy-tale engagement at Disney World, they were married on June 1, 2013. Now they are expecting their first baby.

When his first engagement fell through, I had sent a message to his ex-girlfriend: God has a plan and I know that He will give my son someone better.

Seeing the picture of my unborn grandchild gives me a new appreciation for 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.”” God is good!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Making plans

I registered for my first half marathon today– the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland. I had planned on participating in the run for a few months now. The event is not until January 2014—six months away. Part of me is nervous about planning something so far in advance— anything could happen. What if I get sick or break my leg before then?

I also keep thinking about James 4:13-16,

“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil” (NLT).

I like to plan. In most cases I plan a year ahead. I had started planning my 30th wedding anniversary almost two years in advance (my special anniversary will be next year). I think it’s good to make plans, but I realize that we are not guaranteed tomorrow so it seems a little presumptuous to even make plans, so why make them?

I think the Scripture verses refer to people who go through life without even acknowledging that God is the reason they are able to make their plans. God is the one who bestows blessings on people (“For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike”- Matthew 5:45).

When I planned my last family vacation, I was so nervous that something might happen— the weather will be bad and our flight will be cancelled, we will have an accident and not be able to go on the trip, etc.

We have plans for October and plans for January. All I can do is pray that God will make it possible for us to keep our plan, and I have to thank Him for making it all possible.

So it’s ok to plan– just know that God is still in charge.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti