I am woman enough to admit that it hurts at times seeing others my age succeeding in marriages and careers; however, I don’t envy them. I extend happiness and support to anyone who is succeeding in this cruel world. It was my plan to have a career that I truly love, a God-First marriage, a simple and affordable home my spouse and I owned, and two or three children. My plans did not succeed at all. My parents have helped me so much in the past years. I fell into so many never-ending failures and they sacrificed so much to be my safety net. Now, here I am – 42 years old, unmarried, five children, and renting a home that I will never own. Now that my parents are getting older, I still want to put MY plans in place. I would love for my parents to witness me walking down the aisle to say “I Do”, to the man that my dad happily gave me away to. I would love for my parents to witness me buying my first home. I would love for my parents to see my career take off to great heights. Yet, what I would love to happen may not be God’s plan for my life. What I would love to happen may happen – but it will be in God’s timing and not Stacy Lynn’s timing. While I wait, I must remain in the Lord. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” If God says “no” to what I desire, I will trust in Him to give me far better. His timing is perfect and I will trust in that. I don’t know if you can relate to this or not. Maybe you are experiencing disappointment because of YOUR plans. Maybe you are in the midst of making YOUR plans right now. I encourage you to surrender to God’s plans for your life on today. God knows us better than we know ourselves. When we surrender to His plans, we free ourselves from worry and fear. We develop a steadfast faith in the Lord that subjects us to the wonderful blessings He has for us.