Hold on to What You Want—But Only if You’re Willing to Ruin What You Have

Have you ever thought you didn’t have a problem in an area and then all of a sudden you came face to face with the truth? I have! In fact, that happened again to me just the other day.  Here’s how it played out:

I was whizzing down my Facebook news feed when I came across a link shared by my sister-in-law Vicky. Now Vicky has been posting some really good stuff lately, and I had a few extra minutes…plus I was drawn into it (could that have been the Holy Spirit?), so I parked there for awhile.


As I went through the list of quotes for “anxious, highly sensitive, and creative people,” BAM! Right between the emotional and spiritual eyes!

We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

So that’s my problem! I had been in a funk, a blue mood, lonely,…ok, depressed, for weeks. I haven’t wanted to be here in Ohio, starting my job again, beginning a new commitment.

Beth & Nate and boys (3)

I’ve wanted to be back in Delaware…with my new grandson William and his brothers Eli and Kaden and my daughter Beth and her husband Nate (whom I am teaching to crochet, by the way…what fun!)


Sunrise 8-14

I’ve wanted to be in New Jersey…watching the sun rise over the ocean every morning and walking on the beach with my cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee with no one else around, except fishermen like my brother Billy, and photographers like Bill McKim.

sunrise, bill McKim 8-23-14

And visiting with my siblings and my dear mama in her new home at Manor by the Sea in Ocean Grove.

mom, sibs, & me Aug 2012

My subconscious (and conscious) mind has been working on “how can I get back there…sooner instead of later?”

John on Thanksgiving at Beth's

Now I have a good life here in Ohio, great husband, lovely home, awesome son and family, amazing friends, a one day a week teaching job that I love, a new opportunity to teach ladies the scriptures.  BUT…somewhere along the line, I’ve quit embracing my life and hugging it to my breast and being thankful for it — both the good and the hard.  And that isn’t good at all!

Jeremy & fam...JOY

I can’t live where I’m not! I need to live where I am each day…owning my reality. WHY? Because that is where God is and that is where I meet HIM! He is the I AM in my “right here, right now!”

After reflecting along these lines for awhile, another quote from the list got me:

Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’
Eckhart Tolle

Is that what is disturbing my sleep lately? I’m fighting against my own life! How many times have I “preached” against this very thing to others?

So what did I do? I chose to receive the truth the Lord was revealing. “Jan, you need to be fully HERE!”

So here I am in Ohio…not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually. I’m meeting the Lord in my “here” and receiving at His hand “this day, this bread” as the Lord’s prayer says.

What about you? What is the life you have? Is it the one you are embracing, or are you reaching out for another…which is not really your life “right here, right now” at all?

Why not do what the Lord led me to do this morning?  Agree with Him, and then list your life and give thanks for each and every part of it by name, the good and the hard.

Then keep on adding to the list each day…till that eternal day when you see Him face to face, when He says, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord!”

“Come on home…to a perfect place, a place you never dreamed possible!”

I looked again and could hardly believe my eyes. Everything above me was new. Everything below me was new. Everything around me was new because the heaven and earth that had been passed away, and the sea was gone, completely.

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride on her wedding day, adorned for her husband and for His eyes only.

And I heard a great voice, coming from the throne.

See, the home of God is with His people.
He will live among them;
They will be His people,
And God Himself will be with them.

Revelation 21:1-3 VOICE

Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart

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Janet Loyd
With degrees in education from the University of Arizona and Bible-theology from Moody Bible Institute, Janet Renner Loyd teaches Adult Basic Literacy Education  and women’s Bible studies in Dayton, Ohio.  Jan and John have been happily married for 40+ years and have two adult, married children and five lively young grandsons.  She writes regularly on her blog www.abranchinthevine.com.