Change of Plans


Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year. I love it all – celebrating the birth of our Savior, baking goodies for family and friends, decorating, attending Christmas programs and parties, selecting the perfect gift and then wrapping it. I usually start making preparations in the beginning of November. To say I am eager is a huge understatement. However, this year is different. Instead of filling my time with getting ready for Christmas, my days have been filled with doctors, specialists, tests, surgery, diagnosis, pain and frustration. This is the time of year that I am giving and doing for others and I simply am unable to this year.

I struggled with this for quite some time. How could I possibly do what God wanted me to do – taking steps of faith – when I wasn’t able to do? However, God spoke directly to my heart and said, Rest and trust in me, I’ve got this all taken care of. To many of you that may seem obvious, of course God has everything under control. However, to me, someone who is used to doing, this was difficult.

I have discovered that God is using this time to help me draw closer to Him and strengthen my faith. I may not be able to clean, bake or decorate, but I can read, study and pray.

The past several weeks have revealed to me that sometimes being still and resting in God takes a step of faith. This “down time” has also allowed me to focus on what is really important – the greater God has in store for me. I know that the ditches I am digging, by studying and resting in Him, will one day overflow with blessings far greater than I can imagine.

What small steps of faith is God asking you to take today to start you on the greater journey He has in store for you?

10 thoughts on “Change of Plans

  1. Love your perspective! I am a doer, too. It is hard to feel like we are taking steps, even baby steps, in the right direction when we are being still & resting in Him. But, these might be the biggest & most important steps of all. Over the last 2 years, I have been spending more and more time in God’s Word. It feels like by taking so much time with HIm, I would be missing out on other things. But, I can honestly say, there is nothing I feel I have missed out on. Blessings!

  2. Yes! resting in God’s love and his finished works. I have noticed that a lot of us in the OBS and just women in my life are all focused on drawing closer to God. I believe he is up to something awesome – as usual. This time of resting and feeding on his word is going to strengthen us all! thanks for sharing.

  3. Jamy, I love it that you are so totally “resting” in Him! Sometimes when we are so busy doing all the wonderful things trying to bless others at Christmas, we are truly “missing” the true meaning! We are missing out on that beautiful word, “resting” in Him! This was beautiful and I’m praying for you!

  4. Oh hunny you bless me so much with your words. I am such a do-er myself and I remember well when I was sick and the time after surgery when I couldn’t do all the things I needed. It wasn’t easy but it was a serious growth time in my intimacy with the Lord. Thank you for sharing. Love you girl.

  5. I always love reading your blog Jamy. I am praying for you–for health, for healing, and for a close relationship with the Lord. May He bless you in a new way this Christmas season with the gift of His presence, in a new way. ((hugs))

  6. Beautiful blog Jamy and I know how that doing is because I am one of them and not quiet in your shoes this year. I am lifting you up in prayer each day that God will give you rest, comfort, peace and healing. May you do all that in this season and let your family enjoy doing for you. Love you sweet sister. Hugs. Debbie W. (OBS Leader)

  7. Jamy,
    I love you. I’m praying for you to “rest in Him” and to be blessed by it. You do soooo much just by blessing others with your love and encouragement. You are such a blessing. I’m so thankful for you. Praying you enjoy Christmas this year and you and your family are filled up with peace, joy, and love.
    Love you my beautiful friend,

  8. Jamy,

    What a blessing your post was today. I was in your shoes but I didn’t have your perspective at the time. Being ripped from a steady paycheck and a promising career led to deep despair initially. But, looking back, I realize how God worked in all those moments. He didn’t want me to suffer but He knew that I needed Him more than anything. It’s amazing how He knows exactly what we need and provides even when we don’t understand. Thank you for sharing how important it is to look for God’s perspective in the moment. I believe that this message is one which many women need to hear. Praying that God will fill you with His peace and healing and that this Christmas will be a cherished and blessed time for you and your family.

  9. Jamy,

    Thanks for your posting! It is so true that sometimes we have to just “rest” in the Lord….and being still allows us to totally receive from Him, richly and divinely what He has specifically for us, and only us. What an encouragement you are….Thanks for sharing!

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