What To Do With a Shattered Dream

 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” (Romans 8:28 NIV).

Have you ever had a shattered dream? If so, you’re not alone.

If ever there was a group of people who lost their dream, it was Jesus’ disciples and the women who ministered to and with them. They had such high expectations that Jesus would be the next political leader of Israel (Luke 24:21).

They had witnessed his power in feeding 5,000 men plus women and children with two loaves and five fishes; they felt the waves beneath their tiny boat subside at his command; they had watched him breathe life into a lifeless child, open the eyes of a man blind from birth, create new skin from rotting flesh on the limbs of lepers, and command a lame man to take up his pallet and walk. They had seen him walk on water, outwit the Pharisees, and win the lost.

In their narrow scope of hopes for a political leader to save the Jews, they missed the bigger picture of God’s plan for a Savior to free mankind from the bondage of sin. While Peter realized Jesus’ identity (“You are the Christ.”), he did not understand His destiny. Peter was shocked when Jesus explained that He had to go to Jerusalem, suffer, be killed, and on the third day rise from the dead. He even took Jesus aside and said, “Never, Lord. This shall never happen to you!” (Matthew 16:22). This was not part of Peter’s dream. Suffering did not fit into his plan.

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Call me stupid, but don’t call me Satan. Yet, that is how Jesus sees it when we try to block God’s plans. He sees us as an instrument of darkness, an offense, a hindrance and a snare. It is amazing that one minute Peter could be a building block and the next a stumbling block.  But that’s the trap we all fall into when we have our minds set on the world instead of on the things of God.

Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life, will lose it, but whoever lose his life for me will find it” (Matthew 16:24-25).

Even though Jesus forewarned the disciples of his death and resurrection, they fled when the soldiers came to arrest him, and they hid when he was hung on a cross to die. When Jesus was sealed in the tomb, their hopes and dreams were sealed in the darkness with him.

Every day I receive emails from women who have had their dreams shattered. A husband has an affair, becomes addicted to pornography, abuses the children, or deserts the family. A child gets caught with drugs, becomes pregnant, or dies in a car accident. Parents divorce, friends betray, careers come to an abrupt halt. The list is endless. So what do we do when our dreams are seemingly destroyed? The answer to that will shape the rest of our lives.

I can promise you this, whatever dreams you have for your life, God’s dreams are greater. The power of the Holy Spirit the disciples received after Jesus’ resurrection, and the impact they made on the world thereafter, was beyond their wildest dreams. That’s what God does with a heart that is wholly yielded to Him. That’s what He does when we give our shattered dreams to Him. [tweetherder][/tweetherder]I have learned to stop saying, “Why me?” but instead start saying “What now?”

 

 Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, there are things about my life that I don’t understand, but I do know this. You are good and You are kind. I thank you that nothing happens in my life that is a surprise to You.  You have a greater plan than my small vision can imagine. I pray that You will reveal that larger plan for my life to me. Help me to pay attention to Your promptings and obey Your bidding. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 What do you Think

Think back over your life and list two or three dreams that did not turn out like you thought they would.

Is there a prayer request or dream in your life that, in retrospect, you are glad God did respond to affirmatively?

Write down any areas of your life where you have been saying…”Why me?” and are now willing to say…”What now?”

Place yourself in the disciples’ sandals for just a moment.  How do you think you would have felt the night Jesus died on the cross?

How do you think you would have felt the day you saw Him walk into the room…resurrected from the dead?

How would that have affected the way you viewed trials in your life from that time forward?

Now, how should that affect the way you see trials today?

Boy, I’m asking a lot of questions today. Being a bit nosy, I’d say!

If you’re willing to trust God with your dreams, leave a comment that says… “I’m trusting God!”

Want More 

Shattered dreams are a part of life. But God has big plans for each of us. Can you risk the hope that God still has dreams for your life? That He hasn’t forgotten you? Place your hand firmly in His-take a deep breath and begin the exciting journey to a place you thought you’d never find:  the dream God planned for you all along. You’ll find all this and more in my book, 5 Dreams of Every Woman and How God Longs to Fulfill Them. Click over to my web page to read a sample chapter and watch a short video. Let’s learn to dream again! (This book includes a study guide which is great for women’s Bible study groups.)

129 Responses to What To Do With a Shattered Dream

  1. Jane October 3, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Hi Sharon

    Thank you for accepting your calling to write and pray like this. Every time I read a devotional by you you are speaking right at you.

    I recently found out I was having a third baby boy. Don’t get me wrong, boys are great but I so wanted a girl. So I began going around with the ”why me’ attitude. Thank you for showing me that this is so wrong. Now I just want to see ‘What now’. I mean the Lord has a reason for everything and its always good, even when I can’t see past my own nose.

    Thank you very very much.

    J.

  2. Bernardine October 3, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    I’m trusting God.

  3. Elaine October 3, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Hi. Your message for today was straight from God to me. I have found it hard to accept certain changes in my life but thanks to His using you and your messages this last week, i am beginning to understand He has plans for me and I just need to trust Him in this situationThank you for your ministry. Elaine x

  4. Nancy October 3, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    I am trusting God! Nancy M. Kenya

  5. Jennifer October 3, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    I’m trusting God!

  6. SJ October 3, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Sharon…WOW. Thank-you for this morning’s devotional. It was as if God himself were speaking those words to me. My dreams may have been shattered, but thank you for reminding me that not only will it be “ok” but that it will be far better than I can presently even begin to imagine. I’m trusting God.

  7. Nozuko October 3, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Thank you for the encouragement. My 9-year old dream was shattered yesterday. It’s still very confusing because I thought that I had heard from God and not sure whether to trust those promptings I thought were from God. I have been basing major decisions on my life on what I thought was God’s direction for my life. The door to what I had been hoping for was closed 2 years ago. I feel very stupid for the sacrifices I’ve made. This also shows me that I have not been walking close with God otherwise I would not have only heard 2 years later that the door had closed. I feel like a complete idiot.

    I was searching the internet all night yesterday to get some encouragement and found this article on beyondthebend. Your article is encouraging me to look at the whole mess positively.Thank you.

    • Sharon October 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

      I want to make sure you come back and read the posts for next week. There’s a story coming that speaks right to your situation.

  8. Christine October 3, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    ” I’m trusting God!”

  9. Andrea October 3, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    I am trusting God!

  10. Abigail J. Dougherty October 3, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    I’m trusting God today! Thank you Sharon, this is just what I needed today! 🙂

  11. Joanne J. Santana October 3, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    I’m trusting God!

  12. linda October 3, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    When I read your comment about a lot of women with broken dreams I know all about that and wanted to share about a place where my husband and I received help with our marriage. You talked about pornography addictions and be broken ministries in Texas and shadow of his wings ministries in Texas have really helped us
    Just wanted to give Gods children hope and healing. Blessings Linda

  13. Michelle Alvarez October 3, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I am trusting God!

  14. Nancy Beneteau October 3, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    HI Sharon
    I’m TRUSTING GOD! I’ve made a pretty good mess of my life prior to turning to The Lord. In the past 20 years I’ve done most of it on my own doing and it’s only been in the last 4 years that I’ve really started learning to trust God. He’s all I have left. I really cannot get through this on my own. It’s tough but evreyday I’m reminded how much has changed in me and my life since turning to God. I’m in one of life’s biggest storms with finances and my marriage right now. If it weren’t for The Lord I’d probably be a basket case. I mean I am worried every day and feel slight panick but I’ve also given my issues to The Lord and He has given me enough peace to keep me from falling apart. I’m learning all the time and I know one day soon(or that is my hope) that He will bring me through this storm.
    The hardest in all of this is my husband and his unbelief, his hurt and pain and darkened heart stemming from his mother’s death 13 years ago, his need for material things. He’s missing the greatest joys in life and I don’t know how else to help him except to pray. I pray daily. I hurt watching him is so much pain and darkness. But I know The Lord is doing his work, my husband is just choosing not to see it. I say for every attempt God makes with my husband, it’s a baby step and I’m okay with that.
    I have to many shattered dreams to list but I have refocused and am making new dreams. This time they are God centered.
    I AM TRUSTING GOD with my life!

    Have a great day! Gotta get my morning going.
    Thanks Sharon for being such an inspiration!

  15. jan October 3, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    I’m trusting God!
    Thank you for the reminder to keep dreaming!

  16. Cathy Lamb October 3, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    I am trusting God!!!!

  17. Anita October 3, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    A 20 year old girl (Allison)that is a recovering heroin addict has been in a half way house as part of her recovery. She wants to leave there and come back home. I’ve been ministering to this girl for months now and she is reading the bible, praying and trying but all her old drug using friends live in her neighborhood and I am fearful for her to come home. My dream for this Allison is that she complete her recovery plan, but today I am saying “I am trusting God” Dear Lord may your will be done in Allison, I pray she never uses drugs again and goes forth doing your will in her life. Not My dreams but your will! I surrender!

  18. Dorene October 3, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I am trusting god with everything in my life so I can stop worrying and experiencing health issues.

  19. Jenna Lasseter October 3, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    I’m trusting God!

  20. Estefania Elicetche October 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I’m trusting God!

  21. Jane Gooch October 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Many years ago when our youngest daughter had just started college we got a call and were told to come get her, that she was very sick. We raced to get her, took her to the hospital and she was confirmed to have AML (leukemia) and near death. We rushed her to a bigger and better equipped hospital, praying all the way. When we got there we discovered that the University hospital we chose had just hired a doctor from overseas who had a 95% cure rate for AML. He took over our daughters treatment and within 3 months she was back to fighting health. That was 26 years ago. And we are still praising God for His love and provisions.

    • Sharon October 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      That is an amazing story. I would love for you to email me more about it!

  22. martha October 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    I’m Trusting God!!!

  23. ROSEANN DEMAYO October 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I AM TRUSTING GOD!!!!!!!!!!! HE IS ALL ANYONE NEEDS !!!!!!!!!

  24. Deborah October 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Hey Sharon,
    This is the first time for me to post on your page, but I just wanted you and Gwen and Mary to know that I am trusting God!!! My husband and I were missionaries for 20 years in Japan and have been back in the states now for 4 years…we have 4 children and the culture shock and all has been tremendous! God has been good and kind and gracious to us and walked with us through this journey! My father has had Parkinson’s disease for 25 years now and my mother gets worn out taking care of him. MY PLANS were to stay here in the states and keep driving 5 hrs once a month to my parent’s home and minister to my Mom and Dad. I only have an older brother and he and his wife have been such a HUGE blessing in caring for our parents while we were in Japan. NOW GOD is calling us back as missionaries again. HIS PLAN IS FOR ME TO SURRENDER all this to Him and TRUST Him to care for my parents…I WILL TRUST HIM and IT is my JOY to serve Him in this way. I FEEL EXCITED and uniquely His when I know I am in His will….but oh the pain of leaving…… Bless YOU all for all your devotions which have encouraged me and spoke to me so much during this time!!

  25. Melissa October 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    I’m trusting God, too.

  26. Patricia October 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I’am trusting God, I need this trust not to go away, I need my heart be filled of His Love, too much bitterness still and I feel so bad, I truly want to move from why me to what now, I am praying for His presence in my Life, I want to Obey and trust as Elijah did. Please pray for me.

  27. Patricia October 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    I’am trusting God, I need this trust not to go away, I need my heart be filled of His Love, too much bitterness still and I feel so bad, I truly want to move from why me to what now

  28. Shareese October 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Wow, Todays devotion is such perfect timing. I sitting here thinking about my first born son that I had when I was 16, he is now 19 and suffers from depression. It seems to be getting worse. He has seen counselors, psychiatrist has been put on medicine. I HATE seeing him like this…especially when God promised me that if I CHOOSE LIFE, my decendents will live. As a mother I feel guilty, shame (for having him so young, and I wasn’t ready), but as a Daughter of Christ, there is something in me that tells me to carry on, keep choosing life for me and my son. Thank you for this today.

  29. Aiesha Reynolds-el October 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Hi Sharon,

    Thank you so much for your daily devotions, I look forward to reading them everyday when i get to work. I’m learning more and more to trust God in every aspect of my life. Please just pray for me.

    GOD I TRUST YOU

  30. Colleen October 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I’m trusting in God today!

  31. Denise Galvin October 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I am trusting God in ALL things!

  32. Amanda October 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I’m trusting God…Thanks

  33. Trish October 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I’m trusting God!

  34. Sue Ann October 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Hi Sharon, Thank you for this message today. As I look to God for all answers I finally realize to just “be still” and he will answer without my asking, for He knows my heart, He knows what is best for me, He has a plan, and I am TRUSTING GOD!!!
    Have a blessed day.
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  35. Crystal October 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I am trusting God, every moment of every day. I went through that long dark period of prayer where I begged God to tell me “why me???” God was good to me and led me through his plan anyway and I am happy to say that I am so much better for it. I was starting a ministry at a small church. They were not very willing to accept it and not very willing to help with it. They gave me a 9 month window and told me that I had to make something of it in that time. It did well at first but wained slowly. On the 9th month I was told that it had to be re-evaluated and re-structured if I wanted to keep working on it. The changes that were being forced however would cause the ministry to change into something all together different than it’s original purpose. It would no longer even resemble the outreach program that it started out being. This along with other events that happened around the same time caused me to cut ties with this church. I quickly found a new church and haven’t looked back since. I am now the event coordinator and have helped at this small church in many ways. From working on membership growth, to putting on events. From doing secretarial work, to help the community. I am able be a support to current members and am cutting out a place as a cournerstone in this growing church! God had much bigger plans for me even though I couldn’t see that the stuff at the first church was just training!

  36. Jennifer Smith October 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    We’ve been studying Nehemiah in our women’s study. How powerfully the WORD has been speaking to us about seeing what appears to be DISCOURAGEMENT, DEATH and DEFEAT through the lens of God’s strength and power. Your devotional was a beautiful compliment to our study, reminding us that what appears broken and battered today, even shattered to pieces, is just an invitation for the RESURRECTED Lord to do what he does best: REMAKE, CREATE, REBUILD, even RESURRECT. Thank you … this is a devotional for this forgetful Israelite to attach to my mirror!!

  37. colette October 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    I am trusting God too!!!!

  38. Cindi October 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I’m trusting God!

  39. Cindy October 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    I recently had to resign a volunteer position that I really felt God had called me to. My husband needed my help more in our small business and it was causing marital strife because I was hanging on to this dream. Unfortunately, it seems more noble to serve in a ministry than it does to serve God in my marriage. So, I’m trusting God!

  40. Nelly October 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I am trusting God with my service to Him, my dreams, my life, my marriage, my children….. ALL THE WAY. His dreams for me are so much bigger and better than my wildest dream apart from Him. I rejoice in who I am in Christ and I BELIEVE! ?
    Seeking Him and in His love,

  41. Yolanda October 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I’m Trusting…!!!!!

  42. Ingrid October 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I’m trusting GOD to be my compass in this new chapter of my life. God knows the desire of my heart and HE only knows why it didn’t come to fruition while my husband was alive. I trust GOD will provide guidance, love, comfort as I navigate through this journey alone.

  43. Janice E October 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I am trusting God. He’s my only hope. Thanks for the devotional this morning.

    Janice

  44. Marnita Vaughn October 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I am trusting God with my whole life; my christian walk, my marriage and children and my job. I know through Him all things are possible. Thank you for your daily inspiration which is alway right on time and always what I need which me continued blessings to you and your ministry.

  45. Lora October 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I am trusting God!

  46. Stephanie October 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I’m trusting God!! 🙂

  47. Polly October 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    I am so tired, but I AM TRUSTING GOD!!!!!!!

  48. Tara October 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    I’m trusting God! My dreams and the plans God has for me are much, much bigger than the failures! Hallelujah!!

  49. carmen October 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    i am trusting god with every area of my life

  50. Johanna R. October 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    I am trusting God!

  51. Margie October 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I’m trusting God! I’m a high-risk patient when it comes to surgery–end up with pulmonary embolism. I’ll be having surgery Oct 15th. But I know that God will be there with me. Yes, I’m trusting God!!

  52. Brenda October 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Dear Sharon,
    This article made me cry. My husband cheated on me, I lost custody of my children either for being a believer or having a personal vendetta against me in family court by one very cruel and heartless judge and my exhusband put me in jail for child support even though I was paying and doing the best I could with a medical condition and all the stress of a battle over money and revenge against me for ten years. Decisions in court have severely hurt my children despite my many pleas for help. My close family members have all passed recently. I have crippling PTSD. I am in treatment and am attempting vindication and help for my remaining (special needs) child to all elected officials to no avail. I am a mature Jesus loving believer struggling with just trying to smile again. Thank you for touching my heart today, which just so happens to be my birthday. God bless you and your tender-hearted ministry.

    • Sharon October 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRENDA. YOU ARE LOVED!

      • Brenda October 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

        Thank you Sharon! I know I am blessed and loved and that all that we go through is bigger than us but reminders are so appreciated. Holding on to hope with bloody hands but still holding on. By the way, I have never been in any trouble with the law before, have always been compliant, came from a good family etc. God has provided in amazing ways, keeping me safe, holding me close and giving me the strength to crusade for my children and those behind me.

  53. Jennifer M. October 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    I’M TRUSTING GOD! 🙂

  54. Brittany October 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    I’m trusting God! He has the best plan for us, not ourselves like the world might say. Thank you God for being faithful, for saving me even knowing the mistakes I made and will make!
    Glory be to God.

  55. Vonnie Kronk October 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    I’m trusting God more & more everyday!

  56. Candace October 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    I trust God, even when it hurts, when it’s hard, when it doesn’t make sense.

  57. Raquel October 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    I’m trusting God! For my shattered dreams, for my children & family & for my new chapter in my life, moving to a new city. Thank you for your obedience to him, this really ministered & encouraged me today.

  58. Paula October 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    I am trusting God. He is my only hope.

  59. DD October 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    I’m trusting God…I surrender all.

  60. Lois Gile October 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Sharon: Thank you for your message today. I am trusting God.

  61. Pat K October 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    I am trusting God! His timing is always perfect! Thank you, Sharon, for this word of encouragement!

  62. Tammy October 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I’m trusting God.

    For the past 2 years my family has had nothing but change. I told my husband this morning, I can’t take any more change for a while, please. We’re in the process of buying our first home & moving in a few short weeks. This is huge for me. For the first time ever, I will have to rely upon someone else to be financially stable. Even through marriage and a child, my income was enough to pay the bills. Now, it won’t be. My husband works and all is well however, this is a big leap for me being such an independent person.

    We’re moving farther away from friends and family to leave the city life and relax in the country. We know this is the right thing for our family.

    Undoubtedly there are women with much larger burdens on their shoulders and worries on their heart. I lift them up in prayer to our Heavenly Father who knows all and loves most.

    Yes, I’m trusting God. I have to.

  63. Colette October 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    I trusting God!

  64. Liz Lyn October 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    I’M TRUSTING GOD WITH MY DREAMS AND PLANS!!!! PRAISE GOD!!

  65. Anna Baker October 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    I’m trusting God!

  66. Jillian K October 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    I am trusting GOD!

  67. Sue October 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Thank you for sharing. I am trusting God.

  68. Julianne/Redwood City, CA October 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    I am trusting in God….Right message at exactly the Right time….

  69. Betty October 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    I am trusting God.

  70. Tammie October 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    I’m trusting God! Thank you for the reminder to keep dreaming!

  71. Michelle A October 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    I am trusting God!!! I surrender all to you Abba. Please take away all of my fears. The emotional and physical abuse have almost stolen my life, BUT because you love me and you promise me that I am worth it, I AM TRUSTING YOU HEAVENLY FATHER! I hold tightly to your right hand and believe that you have so much better for me than I would even ever dare to ask. Please LORD, fill me with your wisdom, strength, mercy,.grace, peace and your love. I am trusting you God with everything!!! I cry tears of humbleness

  72. Delores October 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    ” I am trusting God ” for All areas in my life. Praise God!!!
    Ladies, Remember whatever may come you way, God’s Got It!

  73. Annie October 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    I’m trusting God! – Thank you for the encouraging devotional today, it has met me exactly where I am and I’ve no doubt God wants to fulfill my dreams for my life & marriage.

  74. Delores October 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    ” I am Trusting God “

  75. Maggie Hall October 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    I am trusting God

  76. Norma Galvis October 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Thank you Sharon, your devotions are pure inspiration to live a christian life. I’m trusting in God. From Bogota, Colombia, many women are trusting in God. Thanks a lot. I admire you. Thank You Lord!!!

  77. Inga October 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    I’m trusting God!

  78. Genevieve October 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    I’m trusting God!

  79. Brenda L October 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    I’m trusting God!

    A few days ago, I said out loud “Today, I am giving up complete control to God to guide my day and show me what YOU want me to do.” For a split second I felt panicky and it was a huge SHOCK to me! To say out loud “I am giving up complete control” it hit me like a punch in the gut…so why was I so hesitant to “give up control?” I guess it made me realize that I didn’t REALLY trust God! Or because I wanted to do what I wanted to do, not what God wanted me to do! It has haunted me ever since. Shiver. So to say today “I’m trusting God” is a step in the RIGHT direction for me! YAY! 🙂

  80. jeanne garcia October 4, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    I’m Trusting GOD !!!

  81. Cheryl October 4, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    I am so blessed by this blog….what a year it has been. I have been studying your book ‘What God really thinks about women” with two ladies I discipled…that was a wonderful study. Then my husband was diagnosed with prostrate cancer…and later a rare autoimmune disease which has effeted his ability to walk and now on August 3 a pulumonary embolism….what next?…oh how life changes in a minute…oh how my life my plans for our retirement together have changed…but through it all….Jesus has promised me “I will nver leave you no never will I forsake you” …You are there my Jesus… at the hospital when my husband is going through treatments….at the hospital when he is in emergency….oh my sweet precious Jesus…you are there….through my friends prayers…in your word.. I hear you……yes ..plans change because they are not His plans…love you so much my Lord!I I trust you because Your plans are perfect, you love me more than I deserve and my plans do not lead me to a more intimate…more powerful understanding of who you are!

  82. Angel October 4, 2012 at 3:29 am #

    I’m trusting God!

  83. Vicki October 4, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    This is what God has shone me.
    We’re just passing through
    Focus on Him to hear and obey Him
    Drink the cup whatever He tells you to do
    Think on things that are lovely and of a good report
    Forgive- even yourself. 🙂
    And pray and praise always

    And my life’s story is same as those above but not over yet. And neither is yours My Daughters…

  84. Teresa October 4, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    I AM trusting God!!!

  85. Charlotte October 4, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    I have had an extremely hard summer. My mom died May 24th & since July 23rd I have had 1 cousin, 4 friends & 6 good friends of close friends of mine have died. If it weren’t for my faith in God & having supportive friends & family, I don’t think I would be able to handle it.
    I AM TRUSTING GOD!!!!

  86. shereen October 4, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    I’m trusting God

  87. Crystal J October 4, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I’m trusting God !!

  88. amy October 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    I’m trusting God.

  89. Coleen October 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    I’m trusting God!!!

    A week ago a put on my personal message on my BB “Lord help me to understand what you are doing!!. That was my way of saying I’ll trust you Lord in my job situation. Well I got offered a job I applied for but later turned it down because the Lord opened a crack to another door which had been totally closed!! Things are still uncertain, but I choose to trust God!!!

    Thanks for allowing the Holy Spirit to direct your thought process.

  90. Pavla October 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    I’m trusting God.

  91. Jeanne October 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Hi Sharon
    I’m definitely trusting God today! I really needed to read this today. I am going though a lot right now with family and would love to share with you privately if you are interested. It is so powerful what God has done/is doing in my life and I am having a real hard time laying it at the altar and trusting Him to take care of it. But for today, I am trusting God. thank you

  92. Esther October 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    I’m trusting God.His plans are better than mine.His thoughts higher than mine.His ways are perfect. I Love the Creator and owner of my path.The one who gave me freedom and wings to fly to defeat any storm and reach the highest mountain tops for His glory. AMEN! Blessings!

  93. Lisa October 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    I am 100% trusting God!
    Amen

  94. Jenisha October 6, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    I’M TRUSTING GOD!!

  95. Kelly Warren October 6, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    I am trusting God for my marriage to be restored!

  96. Carrie October 7, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    I am trusting God.!!

  97. nora October 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Thanks for the wonderful devo. Not only today but the many other times as well. Its just what I need most every day. And it was also encouraging to hear what others are writing about trusting God. Then sometimes it feels like my issues are not so big after all. But I am trusting God for healing. Seems like I have some bursitis in my hip and last night, lying in bed, it was like, “why, God”. And then I realized I needed to pray and also praise God for who He is and not dwell so much on my problem. Thanks for your inspiration!

  98. Jude October 8, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    I am trusting God! Late reading here in NZ!

  99. Camille October 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    I makena declaration to trust God today..we are in a desparate situation (housing) and i will admit, my faith has waivered….my hope has definitely taken major hits lately and i have found myself wondering if i am being punished or what? But i know that is a lie from satan himself…this devotional spoke straight to my heart this morning. This was a wonderful reminder that God will never forget about me, leave or abandon me

  100. Rosie October 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Trust in The Lord with all your heart…Proverbs 3:5
    Yes Lord I am trusting you with my life and all that is precious and dear to me…most of all my family. I see you are stretching me and moving me out of my comfort zone again. Big changes are on the horizon. A new faith journey…Yes Lord, I am trusting you!

  101. shemeika October 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    I am trusting God

  102. Monica October 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    “I know God will never leave me.” I am trusting God. Your devotional broke my heart but at the same time, Made me Thankful. God is Good! thanks for sharing. I was looking for Will’s picture but could not find it. Maybe you could point me in the right direction. God Bless You and Your Ministry!

  103. Polly October 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    I am trusting God
    He took my husband 14 years ago, I lost my faith, he blessed me in so so many ways I won’t take up the space here and I was so blind to it because I was so hurt and angry. He never left me, he blessed me with another husband and a totally new way of life. My children are grown and all doing so well for themselves. I thank him for not leaving me when I needed him the most, even though I turned away from him. I trust Him always and know with the surest of faith & love he is guiding me the way I should go.

  104. Judy October 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    I have been struggling for several years with a couple of things and all though I know what you say is true, I still some days have a hard time letting the hurts go and facing the next day. I know God has blessed me and my family in many ways and I am grateful, but I keep wondering when the struggles I’ve currently been facing will end. I have not seen or visited with my grandchildren for 4 years. Mostly because of money. They live a great distance away and I nor my son have had the income to pay for the visit. I’ve seen my son 3 times during this period, 2 due to deaths in the family (my father & sister) and 1 due to loss of his job. The other thing is my job. It’s been 1 year and 8 months since I have been at the new job which I thought was a God sent rescue from another bad situation, but their has been nothing but restlessness since I’ve been here. A try but cannot seem to find my place or comfort zone. New environment and a boss who micro manages which I’m really not used to and not handling very well. My health has taken a turn for the worse since being here and their is no such thing as sick time…. I’ve prayed and looked for answers and a direction but currently fill lost. Sorry to dump all of this here, but I sure would appreciate prayers. God has sent many blessing but I’m getting worn out looking for the next door to open or wondering if there is even another door. Trying desperately to hang on to God’s hand and promises.

  105. Donna October 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    “I know God will never leave me nor forsake me. He is the only HELP I know!!! Even through the painful things in life that we think are going to take us under, God somehow works them out for our good. He does not waste anything!!! His ways are not our ways and His thoughts our thoughts and our response has to be nevertheless, not my will but thy will be done!!

  106. Jehrica Marini October 9, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    I know GOD will never ever leave me!!! HALLELUJAH JESUS!

  107. Joy October 10, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Hi Sharon-
    I recently found Girlfriends in God and have been blessed by adding it to my daily devotional time. Will’s story has truly touched my heart and as God would have it, the discussion of broken dreams is very relevant to me right now.

    My last 15 years were filled with the ending of a bad mariage, the renewal of my faith, and God restoring peace and contentment in my life. I’m fulfilled with great children, friends, work, and church. It’s been six years since my divorce and this was the year I finally felt ready to dream again the possibility of a romantic relationship. I recently reconnected with someone from my past and for the first time in a very long time remembered the feeling that comes with having that special someone in your life. My family told me they hadnt seen me so happy in years. Unfortunately, it ended after only a short time. Though in no way can I compare this to the loss of a child, I am also remembering the hurt that comes with broken dreams. I’m not sure I am ready to dream again, at least not today. But I do I believe as you said – whatever dreams I have for your life, God’s dreams are greater. Thank you for sharing the strength and faith of Will’s family, encouragement and how you have used your gift from God!

  108. Brenda October 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I am ready to dream again. I am trusting my Father God. He’s brought me so far how dare i give up hope and faith now. God is a good God I know this. I have basically lost everything that is needed for some to feel whole. However due to my undenying faith in my Father God, i know this to shall pass, because he is a good God and i am a child of his. He is my savior and i am trusting in him to bless me with the things and the people i have lost to be given. Back to me IJNA

  109. Brenda October 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Judy, i pray that after you wrote your words and your burdens down and have given ut to God, i pray you receieved peace and Faith that God will show up and show out for you. I ask that God release your burdens as he release mines and send us a blessing and his favor that we will be able to do the same for others. IJNA

  110. Rosalie October 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Despite shattered business and personal dreams, wayward children who were taught the word of God, and financial distress! Without a mother, Sometimes i feel that I don’t have anyone else to talk to but God. But I am trusting God, the phrase, “Place your hand firmly in His-take a deep breath and begin the exciting journey to a place you thought you’d never find: the dream God planned for you all along” is helping me…. I am embracing this special time in my life, knowing that God knows all, and sees all and this journey with Him is the best to embark upon and there is hope! Pray for me.

  111. Joy October 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Thank you! I’m trusting God!

  112. Jeanne October 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Hi Sharon,
    I’m ready to dream again. God has been working in my life regarding my grandchildren and their birth mother. I don’t understand it but I believe God has a plan and it is for the good of all. I am their guardian and have been for all their lives. Just recently the mom “once again” fell out of their lives. Gone for four years. back for one and gone again. Just totally disappeared without a word. We don’t have a clue. However I was praying for this and why am I surprised when God answered? I am ready to dream again.

  113. Jeanne October 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Sharon, I would love to email you privately and let you know the circumstances about the grandchildren, how and why I became guardian and a little about the court system as it pertains to our situation and just ask for personal prayer regarding this. Please let me know if you are interested. This has been a burden in my life and on my heart for twelve years now and it hurts to see the children going through this. Why God allowed her to come back is beyond me but she admitted to only being here because the dad, my son, was back after a few years. Not love just because “if he sees them then by gosh i am gonna see them” not a reason for allowing it after so many years with no word. thank you, I hope I hear from you soon.

    • Sharon October 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      You can email me at sharon@localhost/sjold
      Blessings!

  114. Kim October 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Thank you so much. I’m trusting God to take over my life. I’m so tired of trying to do this on my own. God is the only way. With him all things are possible. I know there is hope. I lost my son in a car accident 12/07. But I thank God for the time I did get to spend with him and the beautiful grandaughter I have. Please pray for strength and wisdom to follow God.

  115. Kathy October 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Thank you for helping to strenghten my faith! Through much tragedy and broken dreams-I ams still trusting God!

  116. Inga October 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    I’m ready to dream again

  117. Shalyn October 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    I want to dream again. How do you start when you feel you just can’t do it again.

    • April October 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      In the quiet hours of the night recently God spoke to my heart and said, “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first one.” Earlier that evening, I asked myself a question. How is my life different than the life I had imagined? I am 41 and the answer to that question is, “ALOT”! Then I heard God say, “April, dream a new dream.” I really like that idea…God can take us right where we are and infuse a new hope and a new vision for us. Right here, right now, there is a divine perspective we can have. Sure there are things in the past that need some “forgetting”, as Paul says. In our humanness, that is hard sometimes, but look ahead. And when your heart looks behind, ask the Lord to heal that place and use it to bring Him glory! HE WILL! Your life and your story and your pain and disappointment can all be wrapped into a beautiful gift you can give to those in your circle of influence. Let God use your gifts and your life for His purposes. In the craziness of life, He makes ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL. The most spectacular mosaics are made of broken pieces…SEE the big picture and the beauty of YOU!

  118. Lisa M October 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    “I AM TRUSTING GOD”…..(a big sigh)

  119. Belinda October 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    I’m ready to dream again. Sharon, I always get so much from your shared devotionals on Girlfriends in God; thank you so much for sharing your faith and life.

  120. Hope October 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    I’M TRUSTING GOD! “LORD, WHAT NOW?!”

  121. Mary Anne Fish January 25, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    I”m trusting God.

  122. Sabrina Owens June 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    I’m trusting God!

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