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Laura Patrick is a wife, daughter, sister, and friend. She can’t live without coffee, frosting, and daily reminders of God’s amazing grace.

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  1. Laura,
    Congratulations on your marriage! May you have many wonderful years ahead! Hmmm….God has better solutions than I do. So many times I want to take the future in MY hands because certainly I know best?! I have lived long enough to have witnessed God thwart my plans (thankfully) because He had a better plan in mind. It’s like He says, “Why settle for a tootsie roll, when I want to give you a Godiva bar?” He answers in ways beyond our wildest imagination and in most cases it involves change. Enjoyed reading here with you this am.!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Thanks for your congratulations and your kind words, Bev! I know exactly what you mean, its hard to let go and trust that God’s plan is best.

  2. Laura,
    A kidney stone brought me up short this week. In the unbelievable pain of it I could not pray, other than “make it stop! ” I was not controlling this and I felt hopeless and unfaithful. I now reevaluating my ability to roll with change – with crisis. Apparently when I am under the false impression that I am in control I allow grace in and feel that I am a child of God. Control. My way. Not His. Lots of Journaling and prayer. Curiously every piece of Scripture this week seems to point to an increase of faith and trust. Letting go. Knowing he does know the beginning and the end.

    Your post was good for me today. Thanks!

    Peggy

    • I’m praying for your pain and healing, Peggy. Know that in the hardest times when we don’t have the words to pray, God still hears our hearts. Thankfully, being a child of God isn’t about feelings or finding the right words. I’m with you on learning about faith and trust, my word of the year is Trust!

  3. What is grace but goodness come to earth. I love that, Laura. I am a lot older than you and I have seen more change than I can keep track of! I like change – but not the emotional, gut-wrenching kind; however, it’s usually those things that God uses like no other. Beautiful post. Yay for your brother. Congrats on your marriage. And, grace for your Grandma. xo

    • Thanks for your kind words and encouragement, Susan. I’m happy that these words could resonate with you!

  4. Love this verse today! I find myself injured and broken and in this stage of life. “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” {Isaiah 46:4, NIV}

  5. Some changes are good, some are great! Some definitely need grace. Thankfully, He’s always there and His grace really is sufficient. Look forward expecting His best.

  6. Beautiful words on change, Laura. I’m with you, I seldom embrace it willingly. As I walk through my own change now, I’m learning to be still more, to lean into the Lord more, and to simplify (because I have to) my days more. I don’t always like it, but I’m adapting to it . . . with lots of help from God. 🙂

    Congratulations on your marriage!

  7. Laura, I’m right there with you, change that I do not want is hard for me to accept, but thank God for His grace, oh, how it helps me accept that which I cannot change.

  8. Laura,
    May God bless this marriage!! I pray for many wonderful joyous years for you both!! Change is hard! I have been in a “season of change” for 2+ years now.
    I needed grace to get myself through each day!! Christmas last year was difficult due to some changes. It was hard to be joyous!! Praise God He has other plans and can turn things completely around!! His grace and plans are far better than I could imagine!!!
    Blessings 🙂

    • Thanks, Beth! God is so good and his ability to work miracles always astounds me. I’m so glad this post could strike a chord in your heart!

  9. Thank you for sharing your story. I can relate to handling change much better when it comes from a decision I’ve made myself. I’ve said a number of times, “I don’t corner on a dime,” because when plans suddenly need to change I need time to process what’s going on and reset my will towards what needs to happen. God’s grace is such a blessing because He allows me what I need in the shifting and provides in the change itself.

    Congratulations on your marriage. Lots of changes there. 🙂 And dear Laura, thank you for sharing honestly about your brother’s struggles and your family choosing to go to counseling. What a brave & loving thing to do. What an encouragement.

    • Thanks for your encouragement, Jolene! I can totally relate to what you’re saying, I often need a bit to process changes and “reset my will” as you so nicely put it.

  10. I am going through some unwanted changes I am also learning to trust God. This post really encouraged me. I know God has a purpose even in the midst of pain.

    • I’m glad you could find encouragement in this post! I’m praying for your pain and your season of change.

  11. This is what I needed to hear. I have so many of these feelings going on right now. My Grandmother passed away Christmas Eve of last year. Thank you for giving me words to express what I am feeling. This was truly from God’s mouth to my ears!!! <3

    • Tammy, I’m so glad this post could give voice to your feelings, that’s a beautiful thing! I pray God will give you peace and comfort, and carry you through your change.