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Things don't always work out as planned.

It is cool, rainy and windy on our last day on the Florida gulf coast. Sweet Husband planned this excursion, found a beachfront condo on his own and chose wonderful restaurants while we were here. He is a keeper! ️ We had high hopes for warm, sunny days, lounging on the beach with a good book, listening to the waves crashing against the shore and relaxing. Things did not work out as we planned. It rained every day with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. The fog and clouds were so thick we saw the sun once in seven days and the beach service was not even open to rent out chairs. I am not complaining though. Many of you who are reading this musing have struggled more than the Millers have this week. You have experienced: -record amounts of snowfall -gusty winds -Arctic cold -loss of electricity -loss of heat -icy roads -e-learning -etc. -etc. The Bible tells us in Psalm 37:24-25: The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. That is a good reminder when things do not go as planned. God cares about every detail of our life and will always, ALWAYS take care of us. I hope that in the midst of what was an interesting week for most of our great country, you found something to be grateful for and evidence that God was directing your steps. We witnessed first-hand how God was directing our steps on the trip down. A dear friend let us know that an ice storm was predicted for the area of our route where she lives. If we did not leave earlier than expected, we might get caught. We left Indy two hours early and made it to Tennessee before Kentucky was covered in ice. I believe that was God directing our steps. Even though this trip turned out much differently than planned, here are some things I did not expect and for which I am grateful. -We could see the beautiful gulf while staying in to keep warm. -We discovered a different part of Florida that may become our new favorite. -We stayed in so much that I was able to complete a large portion of my next book, while looking out at the water and listening to the sound of crashing waves. -There were so few people taking a dolphin cruise, the owner of the boat told us if we would get on, the ride was on him. -We had the entire beach to ourselves. Have you seen God directing your steps this week? Have you experienced good things this week that surprised you? I would love to hear about it in the comments. We can encourage each other.

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