Hello 2017,

You’ve been a bit of a disappointment. I ran into your arms at the pace of my 6th grade skinny-self while 2016’s shadow lingered behind. I hoped you’d be a net of safety and comfort; a fresh start. But who was I kidding? You came, but not without my sassy attitude and negative feelings. I could’ve sworn I packed those up and threw ’em overboard. Apparently not. The thing is, I know life won’t always go as planned. And I know I have it so much better than most. So please, don’t pity me. Tell me to pull myself out of this slump, rub some dirt on it, and get a grip. But first, will you just let me be held?

Father, thank you. For holding me when the tears come and I don’t even remember why I started crying in the first place. Thank you for being the voice I need when I’m numb to all of the others. Your grace sweeps over me and our teeny, tiny apartment like a wave and it’s refreshing. Can you send those waves a little more frequently? We certainly need them up here in apartment two-zero-one-zero. Love you. -Your Wild & Committed Daughter.

I met Bekah Jane Pogue in Instaland (insert your eye-rolls, I don’t even care). I’m certain it wasn’t a coincidence. About a month after following her, I bravely reached out to see if I could snag an advanced reader’s copy of her book that was releasing in the upcoming month. I’m always for the under-dog. (Shoot, that came out wrong. In no way do I believe Bekah to be wimpy or weak, but it’s her first book and well, she’s not famous yet.) She kindly replied and a copy of her very first book showed up in my mailbox. The cover read “Choosing Real” with the tag line “An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned” and I was sold.

Sure, I beat teen pregnancy, graduated from college, and am now married, so things seem to be going in “the right order” according to an outsider. But has my life gone according to plan? Not. One. Bit. Lots of things have happened, or not, that I’d change if I could play God. But I can’t. I won’t. Bekah’s invitation sounded like the next best thing.

The next best thing, it was. I shed tears, giggled aloud, paused to bake, noted so many of my GODsense moments, and began attempting to be stop being everything for everyone. (For that very reason I’ve decided I’m going to ignore the haters and let my bad self carry on in run-on sentences.)

It drives me crazy when people spoil (or talk during) a movie, so I won’t say much else about this book, but please do me a favor and add it to your reading list this year. It’s not preachy, nor will her stories put you to sleep. Choosing Real lives up to the tag line as an invitation to celebrate your life when it goes awry and I don’t want you to miss that party. (There will be chocolate chip cookies and some pretty cool people if I do say so myself. Ahem, Bekah and I.)

Friend, I’m not sure what Real is going on in your life. Maybe it’s disappointment with your spouse, the loss of a loved one, or a bank account that’s plummeting. Perhaps it’s an unwanted pregnancy, the inability to get pregnant, or the letdown of every date you go on. No matter what you’re going through I hope you know that you are not alone. On page 14 Bekah writes, “Choosing Real is opting to see how present Jesus is in real-life circumstances. Choosing Real isn’t about putting on one’s big-girl panties. It’s not about being strong, pep talking, or reciting the words “Let’s do this.” Choosing Real trusts God has a beautiful plan in the mess, in the scary, in the unknown, in the tears, and in the not feeling enough.”

To enter for a chance to win the free copy Bekah’s giving away, leave a comment sharing 1 thing in your life that hasn’t gone as planned + your Instagram handle. Feel free to elaborate, or not. Winners will be chosen at random, so no need to share more than you’re comfortable with. I will announce the winner on my Instagram account (@mandacarpenter) on Sunday, January 8th!

Hugs.

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My plan to a certain career field (after attaining my degree & student loans) may be something I (tried to) plan but it certainly hasn’t gone as planned!

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My plan to a certain career field (after attaining my degree & student loans) may be something I planned but it certainly hasn’t gone as planned!

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I hear ya on that one! Thanks for sharing, Liz. 🙂

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I planned on being in Nashville, TN this year, living on my own, and enjoying the big city lifestyle. Instead, I live in small town Harrisonburg, VA and am still living with my parents at 24. And while I”ll be the first to admit that I’m frustrated with my circumstances, it has shaped me. It’s not particularly devastating I suppose (yay for not having to pay rent ha), but my independent personality has resisted every step of the way. I don’t like being dependent on others, nor do I enjoy living in a small town. But through it all God has taught me about loving the people who are in my life right now. He has taught me about resting in His arms even when I want to prove I can do it all. Through it all, He has proven that He is still good.

My Instagram is: stephanie_gentile

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Good, good stuff. Thank you for sharing (and entering for the giveaway), Stephanie! XO

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Me too girl! 23, living at home and working. I’m really trying to not rush this season away…but find his purpose for me in the waiting place

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My career… my third year in and I’m realizing it’s not at all what I want to do with my life. And I’m not sure what it is that I DO want to do.
@kelseysears

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I’ve been there, Kelsey! You’re not alone. 🙂 Believing things will pan out for you!

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A relationship I thought would last. ~~ @millersub

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Thank you for vulnerably sharing Real with a capital “R” 🙂 You rock, Sabrina.

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I planned to be attending dental school this year. Gods no could turn out to be the greatest blessing.

Instagram: @haleypipkin

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Thanks for entering the giveaway, Haley! I’m so glad His “no” is turning out to be such a blessing in your life. XO

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First off, this blog hit home like dang. Thanks for saying the words that I haven’t been able to! The dating scene has been rough. In the past couple months, I’ve felt at ease with being single. I don’t feel the need to have someone in my life right now. But then a guy begins to show interest then proceeds to ask me on a date. It was completely out of blue so I was excited yet nervous. On the day of the date, he cancels and I haven’t heard from him since. It’s just frustrating because this isn’t the first time this has happened. I sick of people leading me on and yet I’m also not sure what I’m doing wrong. I just keep reminding myself that it’s for the best and there’s a reason God is closing that door, yet again. I know the right one will come in God’s perfect timing. Miss you girl!

Instagram: @lovelylauren101

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Lauren, thanks for reading and being willing to share your Real 🙂 That is disappointing, but I’m confident The Lord is sparing you from heartache or wasted time. You’ve been entered for a chance to possibly win the book. (Hugs.)

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In 2014, I had a big dream to become a Broadway actress. I auditioned for music theatre schools, got accepted, and began my studies in the fall of 2015. I was so excited and so sure of the direction of my life. Two months into the program, I realized that the theatre lifestyle was NOT for me, and while I enjoyed singing and dancing, it was consuming too much of my life. I left the program feeling so directionless and couldn’t understand where I had gone wrong in my planning.

Fast forward to today, and I am studying Office Administration and am engaged to the man of my dreams (just a few more months until our wedding!!). I had never planned this for my life but I’m SO glad God interrupted my plans. It has been a VERY rocky road up to this point with lots of tears and fears, but God has been teaching me to trust and depend on him. It’s hard because I like to plan and I like to know what’s going on. But God knows what’s best 😉 And He is SO GOOD and so faithful and He loves to bless His children!

Instagram: @jubileericciotti

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Love how your story is playing out so unexpectedly perfect. 🙂 He knows best. Thanks for sharing and entering to win the book, Jubilee!

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My job.

Instagram; rach_calder

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Rachel, thanks for sharing & entering for a chance to win this book! (Hugs.)

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I definitely didn’t plan for my life to turn out the way it has but God has definitely blessed me. First, I got pregnant at 19 which was unplanned and then I got married to her father when I was 9 months pregnant so it wasn’t anything like what I had always grown up dreaming about. I pictured my wedding being different but I” so thankful that God knew better and that his plan is always better than what I have planned. So I’ve had a few things happen that were definitely not what I had planned but so thankful for how my life is now and wouldn’t change a thing.

My instagram handle is sarah_standen

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Sarah, I love that! My mom had me at 20 and always says she wouldn’t change a thing. God bless the broken road, yes?! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and entering the giveaway. [Hugs.]

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I could not have used your words any more in my life right now. And I will say, even if I don’t win the giveaway, I’m already going to buy the book. Thank you for sharing!

I would say all of 2016 has not quite gone as planned. My fiancés mom passed away and since then every “plan” we made, has somehow shifted, changed, and been completely destroyed. It seems very discouraging sometimes, now that we are trying to navigate life without a parent, but we are SO hopeful for 2017 and all that the Lord has in store. Thankful for God’s plan, because ours seem to stink!! LOL

@jocstled_thoughts

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Aw, I’m so sorry for your guys’ loss and the times of tribulation, Jocelyn. I’m glad you’re hopeful! Sending hugs. Thanks for sharing your heart here.

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Confidence. A passion for my career. Home renovations. Marriage.

Insta: @trenacorinne

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Thanks for sharing, as always, Trena! Praying this year is a good one full of joy, health, and learning. You’ve been entered for the giveaway. XO

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Looking forward to this read, a free copy would be icing on the cake. I continue to try and purge the desire to lead the “perfect” life, living up to unrealistic social media perceptions instead of following my heart. I want less so that my heart has more. I want to do what feels good and right for me and my family.

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Sounds to me like we’re on the same ship headed in the right direction together, Hillary 🙂 Thanks for reading & entering! XO

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Hello aabello21 here, and one of the things not currently going as planned in my life is the fact that I’ve left college and became a youth minister instead! My five year plan definitely did not include this when I was younger, but i’m growing, learning and loving it all!

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Hey Alexis! I love that life took you to unexpected places. 🙂 Thanks for reading & entering! XO

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Having God reveal His heart to me last year was completely unexpected. I didn’t grow up in a church-going family, and knew of God, but not who He was. Frankly, I thought God was for the sad and the sick—two things I didn’t identify with. Long story short in February, I went to my first church service ever, and His relentless love hit me like a wave. Since then, I got involved in my church, started a Christian school at my school; two things I would’ve laughed at two years ago f you told me this is where I’d be now.

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Wow, that gives me goosebumps, Aubrey! Thanks for reading & sharing 🙂

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Moving back to my hometown after a year overseas with a new husband has not gone according to plan at all, to say the least. I was hoping for a job more related to my future career path, but instead, am working in retail again. Needless to say, when I graduated college a year and a half ago I didn’t think this would be my life at all. But God has been faithful to continue to teach me even through the unexpected circumstances.

Insta: kelsieballentine

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Totally hear ya, Kelsie! Thank you for sharing (and entering). I’m praying all will workout for your career. Keep trusting in His plan & timing. XO

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My career – wanted to be published by now. Not even close 🙁
Instagram mrs_gabrielli

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Oh, sister I get that 100%. In the same boat 🙂 Hugs.

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It’s been an adjustment moving to a new city without my college girlfriends. I love spending nights in with my husband but we are both struggling with not having that outlet to go out with friends or have them over for game nights, holiday parties, etc! I am hoping with the our new jobs we will start to meet people for us to develop friendships.
@araelacey

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Aw, I can relate, Anna! E and I both work from home so it has been difficult to make new friends, especially other young married couples without kids. Hopefully your jobs will lead to some awesome friendships and perhaps if you find a church to attend that could be a source as well. (Hugs!)

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Hi ! Something that didn’t workout for me recently was not getting into the college I wanted to last year, so I had to stay home for schoool for what I thoughtwas going to be a year. However, when I put in my transfer I ended up getting into the school I wanted to for the next semester instead of the next year like I thought I would. Now I realize how crucial that semester at home was, in that semester I learned to trust God’s plan while working really hard on school and actually getting all A’s that semester! It all worked out in the end for the better.

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Thanks for sharing, Abby! Love that it all worked out for the better. 🙂 He never fails us.

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After 3 1/2 years of “not dating” my long term fling moved home 1100 miles to officially date. After 7 months of dating & falling in love to be certain hes the one I’d marry. We broke up new years day with the hard hit realization of no matter how much he wants us or to commit to us. To make it work. Something is missing the connection within him.. he doesn’t love me. Coping before telling my 3 year old whose known him her entire life. 2017 I hope you show up!

B_staley

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Dang, Bridgette. That.Is.Rough. I’m sorry you’ve gone through such a life-changing event recently. I will pray for you and your 3 year old kiddo now. For peace and love and a new year where God shows up in mighty big ways!

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We were married but our baby was unplanned. I left my career, in which I went to college for, to stay at home with him. I never expected my life to be this. Some days it’s beautiful beyond measure and other days I don’t recognize myself. @loriodders

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Thank you for your honesty, Lori! XO

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I always thought I’d be married right out of highschool, but my boyfriend and I broke up right before we graduated and I’ve been single for 4 years. I’ve just started dating the sweetest man ever. He treats me like a queen. Waiting it totally worth it!! ❤ And God is so faithful!

IG: jordan_covel9

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Yes! It’s funny how we think our lives will or should go in a certain direction, but in reality if/had they, we would’ve been a wreck. I’m glad His timing never fails. (Hugs.)

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The biggest most recent thing that didn’t go as planned was my husband’s cancer diagnosis last year (he is currently cancer free, praise Jesus!). Definitely wasn’t prepared for that journey. @simplybeingabby

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Wow, Abby! That is always so scary. I’m praising Jesus with you that he’s currently cancer-free! XO

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Hey manda!
Love this blog, yet again! Thank you for writing.
Something that went not according to plan happened in 2016, but is following me into 2017. Last January, (5.5 months in my marriage), I was walking home from work and as I was crossing the street I was hit by a car. Long story short, I broke my back, shoulder, and spent 2 months in the hospital. Though I struggle through daily pain & limited movement, God’s heart has become so much more clear to me than ever before this year. He has spoken peace over me in crippling fears & the unknown. He quite literally taught me (& still is) to be still and know that HE is God. I believe Him for great things as I moved forward in my treatment and healing. He has strengthened my marriage through this ordeal when all that would have made sense is defeat. He has given me the strength to start a blog and share my experiences in a vulnerable way. He has given me new dreams. He has given me hope.
My instagram is livmiddlemiss!

Thank you for your encouragement girl,
You’re just great. ❤️
Liv

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Liv,
Thanks for always reading and sharing the sweetest encouragement! WOW! Cannot fathom getting hit by a car (I should really be more careful living here in the city, walking everywhere I go). I’m so glad you’re OK and that it has strengthened your marriage. Love hearing about those new hopes and dreams, too! Thanks for entering the giveaway. XO

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My 2016: Love of my life leaves for the Army while I attempt to get my teaching credential, felt God pulling me away from teaching despite my constant convincing myself otherwise, listened and quit credential program, married the love of my life over Christmas, and now I am packing up/waiting fory new husband to finish training to move to Washington from California in March! No idea what this next chapter holds, but this whole process has been scary,, fun, a little painful, and peaceful. It is an amazing feeling to know you are right where God wants you, even if it is NO where near what you expected!!

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Eek! Sounds like an incredible year of diving in headfirst. You go girl! 🙂 Thanks for reading and sharing.

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A few too many friendships – @jordanehayes

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Been there, get that. 🙂 Hugs.

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Marrying my high school and college sweetheart and growing babies in our small town.
Now I’m 29, live in the city, single, foster and adoptive mama.
I truly believe I’m living gods plan for me.
@ifosterlove

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Love it. & I believe so too, friend! (Hugs.)

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I definitely did not plan for a dear friend to be involved in a drowning accident and pass away…or to have my husband be involved and have to be airlifted or to see the whole thing unfold before me. But God has seriously done some crazy things through and in that situation. In all things he is still good. He’s brought me into a more real and genuine relationship with him. He’s helped me to know how to grieve when other people are grieving and dance when there bing. And he’s brought people to salvation and I’ve been
Blessed enough to be used by him in that. He never wastes pain he is always present, always faithful, always good! @maddierose1011

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Maddie, what a wild journey you’ve been on it sounds like. I’m so glad you’re experiencing Him in ALL seasons and emotions. XO

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Not being able to decide on a career that fits me and my personality that doesn’t tear down but instead offers me a chance to grow and flourish. – @gillian_coats

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Gillian, thanks for being open and sharing. I have been there – not knowing which career is best and feeling guilty leaving the one I thought I was going to be a part of forever. I hope you know that God will use you – your strengths, passions, talents, etc. in whatever job you end up deciding to embark. (Hugs!)

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Hi! I planned on attending school for interior design and God just kept pulling me back to teaching. Not really what I expected, but now I can’t imagine going for anything else! Nice to see you over Chirstmas, Graham and I will have to make it up to Chicago soon 🙂 Instagram: @halcripe

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So good seeing you over the holidays, girl! I’m excited for you to be a teacher 🙂 I know you’ll do great at anything. You and Graham are ALWAYS welcome to come visit/stay with E and myself in Chicago! XO

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A year ago (on the 10th) we lost our baby at 10 weeks. The pregnancy was not expected but neither was the miscarriage. My heart still breaks.

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Dang. Thank you for being so transparent (always), friend. I can’t imagine. Love and hugs to you.

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My marriage. 5 years in and one beautiful daughter. 2 miscarriages and an affair that resulted in a baby. Finances that are totally struggling. Definitely not what I thought married life would be. But we somehow keep smiling and pushing and God keeps revealing himself in the strangest of places.

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@kkduran5 is my handle

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Thank you for this!! The way you began had me in tears, and like you wrote, with no idea why I was crying LOL
Whether I am picked or not, I will definitely be reading this.

I am such a control freak so a lot hasn’t gone as planned but what I say has been the most impactful recently is the last relationship I was just in. The guy was my best friend for 6 years and we finally started dating. Because of certain circumstances with family, church, friends, our relationship didn’t go as planned and ended. I had my heart set on him especially because we had such a good friendship. Even though it’s been a process, I’m learning to trust God even with my love life!
❤️❤️

IG: leslietatianap

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As always, you take the words right out of my heart and put them on paper. I absolutely LOVE reading each and every one of your posts.

2016 was a roller coaster year, but as 2017 begins I find my long term relationship ending. It’s hard, I’m hurting (a lot), but I’m hopeful for a new beginning and to surround myself with more positive people.

Instagram: @alwayssarahjane

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When I got married in October, I knew the first few months of marriage wouldn’t be easy. After my parents separating the week of my wedding, my sister having a premie baby (healthy, thank goodness!) and a few other crazy life events, I did not plan on such a dramatic few months as a new wife. Thankful for God’s goodness and grace and an understanding husband.

Instagram: _hannahkiehl

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My 1 thing is expectations that haven’t been met. So selfish and naive, I know. But we grow up with the people around us living lives that are seemingly perfect: high income career, happily married, perfect little family, sports car, vacations to exotic places…and I think we grow to expect that! Then once we ourselves are in it, it’s so not perfect and so unplanned and you are in a fight choosing between “keeping up with the Joneses” or walking with Jesus.
Who wins this battle? Every day we have a choice to make! God brings me to my knees as another expectation isn’t met, and He is teaching me in this, asking, “Is a planned life worth it?” As we read through the Bible and watch the different lives flying around us, the answer is “No.” Because where are the richest blessings, the deepest sorrows, the greatest joys, and the power of God given grace & freedom in a life that is planned?! I feel as though attempting a planned life is attempting to live without God in control. Instead let’s plan on living unplanned with Jesus. Choosing Real, as the title of this book states. What a way to live!
This is my desire for 2017. Thanks for a place to share and for encouraging to live outside the box.

Instagram: jmerkwan

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In May 2016, I completed my Master’s Program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Our program is setup where we can take our licensure exam to be able to practice in NC before we graduate. Despite having extreme test anxiety, I knew I had to take the exam. All while wrapping up my program I was preparing to transition from Boone, NC, where I attended undergrad and graduate school( its been 6 years, I WAS SO READY TO MOVE!) Before even completing my program I was offered a year long position on campus that would give me the opportunity to put my degrees to work immediately! Along with desiring to move out of Boone, and pass my licensure exam…………I knew God was calling me to stay in Boone, so I accepted the job. I did not pass the licensure exam the 1st time. After working a couple of months in my new position that I must say I was loving every bit of it, I attempted to retry taking the exam again (its $350 every time you take it!)….and 2 weeks before this past Christmas and my 25th birthday, I got my results back, and I failed again!
So………..
I didnt plan on still being in Boone, and now have failed my licensure exam twice.

Instagram: @JDior_Jalisa

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In May 2016, I completed my Master’s Program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Our program is setup where we can take our licensure exam to be able to practice in NC before we graduate. Despite having extreme test anxiety, I knew I had to take the exam. All while wrapping up my program I was preparing to transition from Boone, NC, where I attended undergrad and graduate school( its been 6 years, I WAS SO READY TO MOVE!) Before even completing my program I was offered a year long position on campus that would give me the opportunity to put my degrees to work immediately! Along with desiring to move out of Boone, and pass my licensure exam…………I knew God was calling me to stay in Boone, so I accepted the job. I did not pass the licensure exam the 1st time. After working a couple of months in my new position that I must say I was loving every bit of it, I attempted to retry taking the exam again (its $350 every time you take it!)….and 2 weeks before this past Christmas and my 25th birthday, I got my results back, and I failed again!
So………..
I didnt plan on still being in Boone, and now have failed my licensure exam twice.

Instagram: @JDior_Jalisa

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Sorry I accidentally posted twice!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi. *raising hand emogi * At 34, I thought I’d be married with kids. Instead, I live in a loft apartment above a garage with an adorable cat named Tebow. You know you’re single when…I struggle with doubt but I know doubt isn’t from God. I know God doesn’t see my age but my heart. I need to trust and be confident in the One who knows me best. Thank you for your daily doses of encouragement. Xoxo
IG: carolyn.lanning

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As always, this blogpost was oh so good! I can relate to you so much Manda. One thing that hasn’t gone as planned for me was losing my boyfriend. I hate saying that, because it’s so cliche. But it’s true. I moved away to college and we had a mutual breakup. But then I realized that he started to disappear. We had promised to be friends, but that was not in God’s plans. Instead I was met in God’s arms, full of tears and sadness wondering why God had taken someone so special away from me. And I still don’t know why (it’s been months) but I have a feeling. God has called me out upon the waters, teaching me that I need to love Him first and put all my faith, worth, and happiness in my Creator. And now I’m fully of joy and have a stronger relationship with my Redeemer as ever. But it’s still hard sometimes. However that’s what following Jesus is like. Hard decisions and struggles, yet true love. @kaatieesmiles

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After graduating college I had plans to move in w my (now ex boyfriend) in a home he bought. I was excited for change and the new opportunities that would come my way and felt right then that everything was falling into place and at that moment had everything I ever needed.
But instead God had other plans in mind. I’m 24 and still living at home with my parents and am in the process of pursuing my Masters degree. I landed my dream job as a social worker and although I struggle with trying to understand the “why me” times in my life and looking at everyone else’s’ success, I embrace this new season of single that I am in.
I am opening my heart to God giving him all my thoughts of worry and doubt because his plan is far greater than anything I can imagine. Reminding myself this every day is so important because it’s so easy to get caught up in looking at the things that have gone wrong and “not according to plan”. God will never fail us, and although we may not understand now what He is doing in us, eventually we will 🙂

You inspire me daily Manda *hugs*

Instagram: @MorganHolz

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My idea of living perfectly did not go as planned. My promises to myself and God that I made when I was 11 didn’t go as planned. My plan of moving to Colorado with a 40k paying big-girl job after college didn’t go as planned. I never planned to marry a pastor or to stop checking the boxes or tallying up my righteous points. There’s so many things that didn’t go as planned but I’d rather leave the planning to the Planner.

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@krista_dunbar

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I planned to be happily married (to my first husband…) with some kids & my medical degree. As it is, I’m divorced but amazingly engaged to the love of my life (thank you Jesus for bringing me to him through all this) and about half way through medical school. I wouldn’t have it any other way!! [Instagram handle is @christiemarie.27]

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Basically the majority of adult life but mostly Marriage and Motherhood! @cpawlowski1

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Instagram: @_joyelle

Finishing up graduate school only to not be able to receive my degree because I made a 3rd C that semester. It was only .95 pots away from my professor considering it a B. I fought for it…but they wouldn’t budge. It took time to get over it…but I’m moving forward, applying to medical school, and trusting Jesus.

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Well, mine’s happening currently. This summer I was planning on coming home from college to work in an ice cream shop, ride my horse every day, and pour into a few middle school girls I know. Except now, I’m submitting an application for an 8 week internship in Kenya and my horse (aka my best friend) is up for sale. So things for sure aren’t going the way I’ve planned it, but I’m super excited to see where God’s plans take me! @katlynrmiller

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In my last relationship, I thought we had it all planned out. When we’d get engaged, where we’d live after we were married. Choices I made cost me that plan and I’ve been single since, learning how to forgive myself & trust GOD’S plans instead.
Insta: @twentysomethinghannah

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My mom has been gone for almost a year now (March). She was 62. She had cancer (for 5 years and 1 day she fought). Although my mom and I were not super close, we became very good friends as adults. It was hard to see her in such a condition, but in my head, and in my plans, my mom would beat cancer like some other people I knew. So instead of spending as much time with her as I could and devoting a big portion of my life to being with her while she was sick, I procrastinated and told myself she would much rather hang out with me and I with her when she felt better.

Then one crisp spring morning, my grandma called to tell me that my mom had passed away in her sleep the previous night. My plan to spend more time with my mom didn’t happen.

There are so many days I look back on now that I wish I could redo – I wish that I had made her more of my agenda then I did myself.

@jennycooljenny

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I was away at college and 2 years in I realized elementary education was not what I wanted to do forever so I decided to take some time off to see where God wants me to go. This was not part of my perfect 4 year plan but I am trusting that God will show me what he wants me to do. I am definitely learning dependence on Him through this.

Instagram: gabswolf4

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My husband and I had decided our family was complete. This year God said no, I want you to have one more. It was tough to understand but her name is exactly what she is and meant for our lives, JOY.

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Losing my grandpa who was more of a father figure in my life.

Instagram: @itsierratime

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Being single at 27 wasn’t in my plans. But, I’m trying to learn to let go of control of mine plans and to focus on the fact that gods plans are better than mine!

Instagram: @katelinlagreca

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2016 is a year unexpected to me. Started 2016 with excitmen, because i have planned to married with my man that i choose. But in the middle of 2016, something happened with our relationship and we break up.
On november 2016, i loss my dad because he has been sick.

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