Saturday Confession: Practice What I Teach

Posted by Julie on July 19, 2014 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

It was a rare summer Wednesday evening where I actually had teaching to do with tween girls. One of the girls was back after missing several weeks for sports, so we played catch up. The unit was “Commitment to Christ.” The lesson was basically why He’s worth following.






At first I wasn’t very excited because it wasn’t that long ago I read the same lines and gave the exact examples. But this is a girl who is hungry for teaching and in a desperate need to be armed with knowledge and relationship to tackle life outside church walls. I made sure I gave the lesson with enthusiasm, paying extra attention to the second point.

His ways are best.

The lesson explained that our ways don’t always match up with His, and that’s okay. Because He knows best. We should trust Him. I gave examples of situations she might encounter to drive home the point.

And when I drove home, I had no idea that lesson would be of use to me.

My husband let us know that the sellers backed out of the deal. The house we were counting weeks until it was ours to run in the yard, build a doghouse, set up a writing area, invite others to for fellowship and ministry—was gone.




My plan was to get a closing date, pack up the rest of our stuff and move in.

And I thought that was God’s plan, too.

I didn’t want to get on board with His plan. The house reminded me of a life I left behind, and of people I miss. I can’t let go of that. Again.

Then the lesson came to mind.

He does know best.

He makes all things work together for good. 

We have to trust Him.

I promised God that I’d never share a thing or teach a lesson if I wasn’t willing to learn and live it first. It took me 24 hours, some mad questions directed His way, a few tears, and a large turtle pecan with chocolate ice cream DQ blizzard to get on board.

But agreeing with His plan is right.

Even if I don’t understand it.

So, we start the house search again.

Trusting Him.


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