Do you ever have those days where you're just overly thankful for the things in your life? Today, that's me. Now don't get me wrong, I've been more focused on gratitude over the last 8 months than I have been my entire life but today, I've found myself repeatedly thanking God that THIS is my life.
I think coming out of 2016 the way that I did was an experience that opened my eyes to the reality that while we are created to feel, God's intention is never for us to hurt. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our plans that we forget about God's plans and when things don't go our way, we question Him. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't figure out why things weren't going my way and then one morning, I woke up in my bedroom at my parent's house and realized it was because I was so focused on my plans that I was blind to the fact that God had greater things in store for me than I could ever imagine.
So what did I do? I said goodbye to Arkansas (and Memphis) and took one giant, scary, stressful step. I moved to Nashville alone, knowing no one other than my new boss and the recruiter that peaked my interest in my new role. I took a great job that offers opportunity that one simply cannot pass up. I rented an apartment and filled it full of many little pieces of my life. I loaded my dog in the car and chose to start over.
I will never tell you that starting over was easy. There have been times when I came home and all I could do was cry. I've been stressed. I've been lonely. I've been scared. I've driven 5 hours just to sleep at my parent's house for the night. Here's the catch though, I've also been happier than I can ever remember. I've been free. I've felt more in touch with myself than I have been in years. I've been appreciated. Most of all, I've been thankful. Even on days when I miss my family and friends back home, I have to stop and thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to be in this great city, with a great job, and be surrounded by people who love and support me.
It's crazy how stepping out of your comfort zone changes your life.
If you're struggling with where you are in your life, I encourage you to step back and ask yourself if you're living for you or living for God because I promise you, it makes all the difference. Let go of your plans and focus on living the life that He already has planned for you. There is no doubt that His plan is far greater than any of ours. Go where He leads you and He will provide.
"In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Hi friends! I'm Cally, an Arkansas native living in Nashville, TN. Here's a look inside my life, posts about products I love and probably a few too many Friends quotes!