by Dan Hill

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Grace for the "Whatevers" of Life (3 of 10)
Series: Grace Like Rain Series
Dan Hill
Philippians 1:6

I don't know about you, but a whole lot of things in my life that have turned out they way they have…I didn't plan on. There have been course corrections, sometimes painful ones; there have been lots of surprises, some good and others that at least at the time, didn't look so good. There have been some goals, dreams, and plans that had to be placed on the back burner because of unplanned and often unwelcomed circumstances and situations. So I have come to this conclusion about life: Life is what happens to you, while you are making other plans! And because life is that way, you need to brace yourself for, what I call, the "whatever's" of life.

Do you know what the "whatever's" of life are? They are things like recessions in the economy. I'm thinking of people who have worked for companies 30 years and now they are facing retraining for a new career in their 50's. That's a "whatever."

How about people who should be enjoying their retirement years but they find themselves caring for grown but still dependent children or grandchildren?

I am thinking of a friend who is faithfully taking care of a parent who has been stricken with Alzheimer's and feels guilty because they feel trapped.

I think of godly parents who have sacrificed and done what anyone would consider a great job in bringing up their children in the ways of God and yet they have watched those children make decisions that are not only destructive and costly to themselves, those decisions have resulted in great hardship and upheaval to the parents.

So I want to ask you, how are you facing life's tough times? It maybe those little irritations or it maybe those big situations that try your very soul. It might be a blister on your finger or an aneurism on your artery. It might be those things that mess up your plans for a day or those things that change everything in your life.

I think a ...

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