It has been months since I have  been able to participate in one of my favorite blogging activities, Five Minute Fridays with Lisa-Jo Baker.  So, to say that I’m feeling a little rusty is an understatement.

The word for today is opportunity – so here goes!

Like fishing line caught up in the engine of a jet ski, so are our activities that are not directed by God.  Plans for a hope, and a future, can become a tangled mess if we are completely in charge of our own destiny.

Our own purposes can get tangled with the Will of God, when we get ahead of Him. When we do not seek Him before casting our line into the waters of life, we simply slow down the plans that He has for us.

We know we are called to be fishers of men (women); but, throwing the line out on the wrong side, or casting out when God is backing us up, is the perfect recipe for a tangle in the engine.

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It is also the perfect opportunity for us to see God in a new light.

God never wastes anything – including errors made by over ambitious children – they are simply learning opportunities.  They are times when God can pull us close, hand us a boy scout knife, and explain the fine art of cutting loose fishing line cast too soon; and, line that is caught up in an engine that is suppose to take us fishing.

There are days that seem like a total disaster to us; but, those are the days that God calls, Opportunities.

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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