Knowing God’s Plan For You

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Do we ever really know what God’s plan is for us?

I do know that I trust him, love him, and obey him.  I am only human.

I know that with out God’s word, I have no plan.

This scripture felt like God was speaking directly to me this morning as 2014 is coming to an end.  Many people have fallen on hard times.  It’s easy to sit back and judge others.  It’s easy to critique how others live their lives instead of praising each other’s accomplishments.  Even a small victory is still a victory is God’s eyes!  We should all come together and praise him for every little accomplishment in each others’ lives instead of tearing each other down. All we have in this life are the people who are in it.  The relationships that we create with others and with God shape us into who we become.

It has been said that when one door shuts, another opens. I have taken that old door, slammed it, nailed it shut, and threw away the key.  I have learned to let go of things that I can not control and started to move forward LIVING my life through God’s word. This year was a roller coaster and it was hard for our family, but you know what?  I’m THANKFUL for it.  I praise God everyday for letting it happen to us. Why on Earth would I be thankful for such a year?  Because it opened my eyes and my heart and brought me to my true calling.  I know now, that I am supposed to educate others. I have enrolled in school at ITT Technical to get my Associate’s Degree in Web Design.  I plan to continue with my Bachelors’ Degree and eventually my Master’s to educate others in Web and Graphic Design.  I am a born mentor to the youth in our area.  I love working with the youth! Whether it is through dance or simply teaching someone a new cooking technique, I was born to educate and I’m proud of it.  Now that my eyes are open, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

We can’t move forward, until we let go of the past.

Have a blessed Sunday afternoon everyone!

God Bless,

April

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And So It Begins….

0c589182f3885d7f115e8af934424c86 Welcome my new friends!

My name is April and It’s been quite a year of ups and downs for me, but I know that it has all led me to this moment in time. I look forward to writing this blog, introducing you to simple ways to take time ,and enjoy yourself.  Everyone in this world is in such a hurry that sometimes they forget just how to enjoy themselves!   I used to live that life.  I was not working to live, I was living to work. My marriage suffered because of it, my health, and it led to a live not worth living.

My health began on a downward spiral in late September/early October.  I had to have a partial hysterectomy suddenly and then my Crohn’s disease spun out of control.  Though I anticipated on being back to work within a week of surgery, it had now been five.  Bills were piling up and I spent half of my time in and out of doctors’ offices and er visits.  I sunk into a deep depression and eventually when my dance studio of six years closed, I was quite heartbroken.  I thought my entire world was ending. I thought I could no longer do what I was “born” to do.  I cried for days upon end about it.  I really did not think that life could get much worse. People were starting to doubt me, friends no longer called, and I was shrinking away into nothing.

So what did I do?  I turned to God. I got on my knees and asked the lord to please shine a light into my darkest hour.  I focused on the good in this life and positive people that uplifted me.  Though most of the negative people were already out of my life, I said “goodbye” to the rest of them as well.  From that moment forward, I was ready to live my life.  I started taking time to truly appreciate what I had in this life.  I quit making excuses for myself and started to live.

So what is 81collective? This is my vision of what God has in store for me. This is my journey with faith, love, family, do it yourself, dance, health, and cooking. So please, follow my dancers as I show them how to inspire others, let’s teach each others some new recipes, let’s try some do it yourself ideas, let’s really connect with each other, and let’s follow the words of the Lord..together!

Have a blesssed day,

April

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