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  • Brendon Yates

What Do I Do??

Well, we are now six days into 2023 and hopefully yours is starting off right! I will say that ours is starting off with a bang. Did you know that when you start to line your life up with God's plan, vs. your own plan, the devil really hates it. He hates the fact that when we put total faith the God, he no longer has power over us.

At the moment, my husband is really the only one that is working. He is the one that is bringing in the steady income. Back in 2020, after much prayer, we both agreed that because of my health, I needed to stop working because my body just couldn't handle the physical stress and strain I was going through. It was such a hard decision to make because I absolutely loved my job. I loved Event Planning. I had just been promoted to Sr. Event Manager at the hotel I was working and on track to potentially learn the skills to be come a Director to Events. Then COVID-19 happened. I was furloughed. Then two weeks later, diagnosed with Lupus.

In those moments, the question of, "what do I do" was spoken several times. When I resigned from my position, the question of, "Ok, Lord, what do I do?" came up quite a bit. Since I was no longer working, what do I do with my time now? Since I'm not working, what do I do for income now? The "What do I do, now??" was the raging question going through my mind.

In September of 2020, I began the process of applying for Social Security Disability. I thought the rules and regulations set forth from their website, I qualified for disability. Because of the type of Lupus is have, I would be a shoe-in and be approved right away. Well, that definitely wasn't the case. It has been a two and a half year process and it is still going on. We've had lots of ups and downs during this process. LOTS of "what do I do, now" moments. Even as I am typing this, we are in a "what do I do, now" moment.

I remember when the Lord first spoke to me and told me to resign from my job. He immediately took me to, Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Another favorite scripture of mine. Over the years, He has had to repeatedly remind me of this scripture. But in 2020, I was really put to the test and really had to ask myself, do I trust in the Lord? Do I believe that he will take care of us? The answer is wholeheartedly, YES! But it hasn't been easy. I've had to go back to that scripture, when my body was riddled with pain and I could barely walk. I've had to go back to that scripture, when I wondered, how are we going to pay this or that bill? I've had to go back to that scripture when I receive a denial from disability, when it has been proven that I should get it.

Trust in the Lord! Trust in the Lord! If I...WE Trust in the Lord, everything will be ok. Now, that's not to say that when you are praying and asking God the things, He may not give you exactly what you ask for, but He will give you what HE knows you need. During this time, there have been some hard lessons that we have had to learn from our "what do we do" moments, but life is a learning experience. We have had to trust in the Lord in everything that we have gone through. Sometimes it was easy, sometimes it was hard. Even now, we are having a "Trust in the Lord" moment. While the outlook may seem bleak to us and seem like there is no way out of this situation, from God's perspective, it is a little thing and He will take care of it. So, if you are going through something, trust in the Lord and know He will take care of it. He wants to make sure all of our needs are supplied. If you are having a "what do I do" moment, turn it around to a "Trust in the Lord" moment. I promise, you won't be disappointed.

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