I like big BUTS

Today we get to hear from my sweet mom, Lisa!  She just can’t wait to talk to you today about her big BUT…
I have been struggling.  As a person who wants to live her life to the fullest,  I want to be eager to say Yes to whatever God has for me to do.  I know that His ways are higher than my ways,  (Isaiah 55:8)  I know that He has a plan and a future for me, (Jeremiah 29:11)
BUT, I want to do it my way.  I don’t want His ways to inconvenience me or change what I want to do.  This is a problem for me. 
God wants me to watch my what I say to others.   BUT, I have some really juicy stories to tell about people.
God wants me to change by attitudes- or “Baditudes”- as Meg’s grandmother used to say.  BUT, I like feeling sorry for myself.
God wants me to spend a little more time maintaining my house. BUT I don’t have time to put my stuff away, so instead I create another pile of papers.
The words I tend to focus on are “I hear you God, BUT I don’t want to…” instead of the two words that can change everything: BUT GOD….
But God created the heavens and the earth.
But God loves you more than anyone else in this world.
But God has a plan and a purpose for your life that is so much greater than anything you could ever imagine.
But God can strengthen us when we feel weak.
But God can pour His love, His patience, His strength into your life. 
This week, my heart is longing to stop focusing on my big BUT of excuses, and start focusing on the promises that come with the much bigger BUT GOD…
On my own, I am full of cant’s, won’t, and don’t want to’s…what I need to remember is BUT GOD.  “BUT with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26)

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