When God Has Other Plans

Girl reading a Bible

Girl reading a Bible

Four years ago I was in a relationship with a man I was sure I would marry and spend the rest of my life with. We were inseparable. We worked together, we lived together, we partied together, and WE SINNED TOGETHER.

Looking back at the relationship now, I can see that we brought out the worst in each other. I picked up his bad habits and he picked up mine. Smoking, drugs, wild sex, and parties were the norm and almost an everyday thing in our household.

In 2014, I was in a really bad car accident. While I spent 3 days in a coma, doctors had told my family to start preparing for my funeral. I was bleeding internally and they couldn’t find the source or cause of the bleeding. Eventually they did. Then they were told that I was expected to live, but I would most likely never walk again.

I have never been a very religious person, but I had a childhood friend who was. We often would clash and  go years without speaking to each other because our lifestyles clashed. When she came to visit me in the hospital, she held my hand and prayed for me. She even brought me a gift… a Bible.

I had never owned a bible until then. She would also send me articles from The Praying Woman to read. I began to read my Bible everyday. Not a day went by that I didn’t read it or have someone else read it to me. I even began to pray…praying day and night, night and day to God. I prayed for healing, for forgiveness of my sins, and I asked Him to use me and the accident for His glory.

For 7 long weeks, I rehabilitated in the hospital. On October 24, 2014, I WALKED out of that hospital like new with a new perspective on life.

The day that I was released from the hospital, my boyfriend had to work. He told me that he would pick me up from the hospital once he had went home to take a shower and freshen up a bit. He worked in construction so he didn’t want to come to the hospital smelling. The longer I sat in that hospital with my release papers, the more I became impatient. So much that I ended up calling my sister to come get me. She took me home, helped me to my door, and at that point we were both greeted with a surprise. Another woman… In my house… on my couch… watching my TV. She explained that she was a friend of my boyfriend’s and she was waiting for him to get off work so that he could take her home. She had been there 7 weeks, the entire time I was in the hospital.

My heart broke into pieces. But at that point, I knew that I had come too far to go back to the person I had spent the last 7 weeks trying to convince God and myself that I no longer wanted to be… so I did the only thing I could do… packed my bags and left.

I was released from the hospital on a Friday, that Sunday I was in church sharing my story of God’s goodness and Faithfulness. I will be celebrating my 1 year wedding anniversary to the pastor of that same church next month. GOD IS SO GOOD! …Even when we can’t see the good in our situations.

The devil may have tried to take me out, but God had other plans.

I was willing to settle for “Mr. Right Now”, but God had other plans.

I was content with living a life of destruction, but God had other plans.

Whatever you’re going through at the moment, stop right now, close your eyes, and simply say “Thank You Lord”. He is able to turn it around and use it for His glory, for His good, and for your good. Thank Him in advance and watch Him turn it around.

The Praying Woman

The Praying Woman

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  1. Velver Gilmore

    June 10, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    this is a beautiful story of GOD blessing

  2. Lorraine Henry

    June 9, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Yes I agree All the time God is good Amen

  3. Bernice Abass Quarshie

    June 9, 2017 at 6:14 am


  4. Patricia Lynn Wilhite Hooker

    June 8, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Such a wonderful inspiring testimony! God is good all the time even when we are in the deep valleys and we don’t think He is laying out His perfect plan for you. God has redirected my life several times. And each time it was for the better. Even though I’ve been widowed twice to two wonderful godly men. I am waiting now to see what God’s plan will be for me now. Thank you Lord!

  5. Carolyn Walker Blount

    June 8, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    This is something you can like and read daily, good stuff! Jasmine Cierra

  6. Carolyn Walker Blount

    June 8, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Great read!! Teresa Hughes

  7. Laura Espinoza

    June 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm


  8. Monica Tulloch

    June 8, 2017 at 2:10 pm


  9. Nihaima Stamper

    June 8, 2017 at 12:25 pm


  10. Winjie Mwansa Margaret Siwale

    June 8, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Margaret Mwape

  11. Rana Cooper

    June 8, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I needed this today!

  12. Sylvia Lindah

    June 8, 2017 at 9:40 am


  13. Izola N Taylor

    June 8, 2017 at 8:35 am


  14. Edisa Augusto Bronil

    June 8, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Elen Nitz
    Elenita Ogsang

  15. Anavi Yamas Nartea

    June 8, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Kate Gnisam 😉

  16. Kimberly Brown

    June 8, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Beautiful story congratulations on your marriage God is faithful no matter what oh yes God is faithful <3 .

  17. Energy Mafunga

    June 8, 2017 at 3:26 am


  18. Pamela Hunt

    June 8, 2017 at 3:07 am

    May God continue to bless you

  19. Pamela Johnson

    June 8, 2017 at 2:07 am


  20. Sandra Richard's

    June 8, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Awesome God he is

  21. Nadesha Brown

    June 8, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Read this Sandra Richard’s

  22. Krung-krung Park Seon

    June 8, 2017 at 1:20 am


  23. Beverly Lewis

    June 8, 2017 at 1:15 am


  24. Alice Palandjian

    June 8, 2017 at 12:46 am

    God is with me all the time

  25. Zanna Te

    June 8, 2017 at 12:33 am

    So so true amen

  26. Evelyn Sua

    June 8, 2017 at 12:13 am


  27. Terry Daley

    June 8, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Thank you Jesus Amen

  28. Marlene Estrella Mendoza

    June 7, 2017 at 11:52 pm


  29. Ellah Reu Cabaya

    June 7, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Yes God is always good …

  30. Elizabeth Adedokun

    June 7, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Funmi Saheeb

  31. Fia Vinluan Pillora

    June 7, 2017 at 11:07 pm


  32. Monica Fairley

    June 7, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    So true

  33. Eileen Newman

    June 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm


  34. Celeste Wooten

    June 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm


  35. Charl Samuels

    June 7, 2017 at 9:22 pm

  36. Annette Hall

    June 7, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Yes, yes,yes

  37. Cheryl A. Wickman Hoffman

    June 7, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    We are blessed and highly favored!

  38. Jade Dancy

    June 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Omg read this story! Nancy Juarros

  39. Sandy Arnold

    June 7, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Amen to that!!

  40. Tarawoner Yvonne Lyles-Kelly

    June 7, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Celebrating your life and God’s Favor and reveal. God is soooo Good

  41. Barbara Peoples

    June 7, 2017 at 8:23 pm


  42. Guidance Divine

    June 7, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Amen yes

  43. Theresa Patricia Fraser Mabuza

    June 7, 2017 at 7:55 pm


  44. Charmaine Chirwa Nkuna

    June 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    We serve a mighty and powerful God!

  45. Lucy Taderera

    June 7, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Am in a dark place rite now but the Lord is by my side

  46. Magally Camara

    June 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm


  47. Donna Smart

    June 7, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    God is good all the time

  48. Brendasykes Sykes

    June 7, 2017 at 6:45 pm


  49. Monica Macharia

    June 7, 2017 at 6:27 pm


  50. Tembs Mambambakazi Mbusi

    June 7, 2017 at 5:59 pm


  51. Chidimmaa Kalu

    June 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    God is good

  52. Riza Sarinse

    June 7, 2017 at 5:48 pm


  53. Naa Dedei Tagoe

    June 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm


  54. MsKp Nicole

    June 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm


  55. Cheryl Hampton

    June 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    He absolutely is, even on my worst day…. I love my father so much!!!

  56. Garmei Kennedy

    June 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm


  57. Pretty Precious Mabunda

    June 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm


  58. Karen Lomax Warnecki

    June 7, 2017 at 4:31 pm


  59. Rebecca Khunoana

    June 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm


  60. Auma Mohasoa

    June 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm


  61. Esther John

    June 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    So true

  62. Jenni Jenn Jen

    June 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    What a beautiful ending. I rejoice with you!! Glory to God.

  63. Shanice Franklin

    June 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Darreion Shantèl her story is awesome, Perpetual Pep Criss,Keisha Foster,Phyllis Cowans

  64. Lydi Pascua

    June 7, 2017 at 3:58 pm


  65. Susan Gamba

    June 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Amen! God is really good all the time..

  66. Sylvia Adamson

    June 7, 2017 at 3:54 pm


  67. Sonya Mcneill

    June 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Amen Yes

  68. Mocha Williams

    June 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm


  69. Jecinta Warenga

    June 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    We serve a faithful father.

  70. Rosa Britt

    June 7, 2017 at 3:35 pm


  71. Gloria Ria Mabaso

    June 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    God is good all the time

  72. Blesing Joena

    June 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm


  73. Bunmi Olomofe

    June 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Amen. Thank you Lord

  74. Zhang Jianing

    June 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Joo Koon Jayme God is good.

  75. Shorty Black

    June 7, 2017 at 3:07 pm


  76. Frances Jones

    June 7, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you GOD…Amen

  77. Nthabi Lenyatsa

    June 7, 2017 at 3:05 pm


  78. Rita Scott

    June 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm


  79. Marian Gray

    June 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    So true

  80. Joycelivinnd Lovinlife Potter

    June 7, 2017 at 2:52 pm


  81. Carol Robinson

    June 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    God is always loving us even when we don’t see it. When the mind can see even in the what we call bad events or things not working, the love in the lesson we then except all things work for our good because God is good and a giver. It all works out according to HIS plan. Everything is love and everything is God.

  82. Bobbie Deal

    June 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Amen that’s exactly right

  83. Jonnie Causey

    June 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm


  84. Sweetie Skittles

    June 7, 2017 at 2:40 pm


  85. Quateka Bolden

    June 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Great story!

  86. Ntombifuthi MaHlongwane Mantengu

    June 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Oh yes he is

  87. Brenda Green

    June 7, 2017 at 2:26 pm


  88. Joshwa Tambo

    June 7, 2017 at 2:19 pm


  89. Malhen Mendoza

    June 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Ayden Fabayos

  90. Ada S Anderson

    June 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm


  91. Eleanor Momai

    June 7, 2017 at 2:14 pm


  92. Nokwanda Zulu

    June 7, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Amen, God is wonderful. He is Allwise, allknowing, He is never early or late always on time

  93. Migdalia Rosado

    June 7, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    He is full of surprises.

  94. Suelene Davis

    June 7, 2017 at 2:10 pm


  95. Tracey YG

    June 7, 2017 at 2:08 pm


  96. Mary Demmer

    June 7, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Amen !

  97. Cristina Dupale Orellanida

    June 7, 2017 at 2:08 pm


  98. Ashley Charmaine

    June 7, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you Lord! This story has encouraged me beyond what you can imagine! #trusthisplan

  99. Vatiswa Dali

    June 7, 2017 at 2:05 pm


  100. Margie Quinol

    June 7, 2017 at 2:02 pm


  101. Cecilia Muhoi

    June 7, 2017 at 2:01 pm


  102. Brandy Brooks Simon

    June 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Amen. God is so faithful and good to redirect our broken path, to his path of life…not that we loved Him first….but that He first loved me! HIS amazing love draws me near.

  103. Grace Uyera Bandah

    June 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm


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    June 7, 2017 at 1:58 pm


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    June 7, 2017 at 1:57 pm


  106. Sizakele Sangweni

    June 7, 2017 at 1:57 pm


  107. Gladys Makuebu

    June 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm


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