Monthly Archives: March 2014

Calming peace from our Lord

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Calming peace from our Lord

That last few months I’ve come to realize just how impatient I am. And for those of you who know me well, you know how accurate that statement is!

But, for those who know me less, I’ll give you a few examples:
-If my computer tab is opening, I keep pressing the ‘new tab’ button until it works, normally I wind out with about 10 tabs open
-I am too impatient to wait for my boyfriend to actually propose to me, so I’ve been secretly/not so secretly getting plans around for our wedding someday
-I send multiple messages to people if they don’t respond in my time table

AND the biggest one of all

-I start freaking myself out when God doesn’t provide for me in MY TIME.

These last 5 months have been extreme mountains and valleys to me, struggling to find peace and acceptance where I am now, and learning to follow God’s leading in my life.

In the last week I’ve stumbled into three different job opportunities.
All because of God.

It’s incredible how much a small joyous experience can change your whole perspective on life. Suddenly, instead of freaking out about the prospect of moving home with my parents and third-wheeling it with them and milking cows for the rest of my life, I have action steps in plan, options to choose from.

All.In.God’s.Timing.

I wish I could learn this lesson from:
-My pastor
-My boyfriend
-My mentor
-My family
-My best friends

——ALL of whom spoke this truth into my life, but as usual I was too impatient to take the time to understand it.

Even if none of these jobs pan out, I know I serve a faithful God and he’ll take care of me and provide for me. And he’ll provide for you too. Sometimes we feel like we’re facing a mountain, but really, we’re not. And if we treat it like that, aren’t we putting God in a box?

Feeling Lost in a World of Opportunity.

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Feeling Lost in a World of Opportunity.

Yelp, it’s second semester of senior year. The time of year we are all anxiously waiting to graduate and ‘move on’ with our life. Happy and carefree. Living life.

But………I’ll admit it.

I’m struggling. Big time.

In a time of excitement in my life, graduating college, a potential marriage within the next year…. I should be so excited.

But I’m panicking.

And not like the cute kind, but like the breathe in a paper bag, throw up kind of panic. I honestly never realized until this year how much of a planner I am.

Recently one of my pastors asked me if I had to have all my ‘ducks in a row’ before I could get married. I shocked myself by admitting yes.

He, along with about five to ten other people have helped me to realize it’s OK to not have life altogether, that it may be awhile before I have it together.

The past few weeks I have been trying to learn how to give up the control and the safety I have in my life, and hand it over to God. I have finally realized I don’t need 50 people call me for an interview. I just need one. The one GOD is going to bring into my life, not the one that I, Arianne Prichard, bring.

I’m just not that awesome.

Matthew 6:25-34 and Philippians 4:6-7 are life long verses for a worrier like me. In the last few weeks I have clung desperately to them. (P.s. you should read them!)

I think we can all relate to this limbo feeling, and this feeling of uncertainty. But, taking life one day at a time and finding joys in the small moments – like when I did get a call back for a job – and be excited for them, even if they don’t work out.

God used my breaking point to draw me close to Him again, and to again find joy in applying for jobs.

So where ever you are in life, in limbo like me, or in a successful career, know that there is someone out there that you can always cling to. Someone who will always listen to your fears and worries. Who will comfort you when you are lost – far better than a best friend or a significant other can. God doesn’t get tired of listen to you worry about the future, or about your fear of moving back to your parents farm and milking cows forever, He just doesn’t.

Lean into Him this week friends, and stop trying to take control of your life —-panic attacks and meltdowns are the worst! And let someone else who is a lot stronger than you deal with it.

Peace and Love friends, I’ll be praying.

-A