Based in Frederick, Maryland, Digital Ink & Parchment is a blog by Alexandria Pallat. Her posts explore the integration of faith in every day life.

When It Shouldn't Look Like This

When It Shouldn't Look Like This

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Have you ever cried out to God, "my life isn't supposed to be like this!"? This whole season has been on big, giant cry of "it shouldn't look like this!" for me. When I moved, I had this whole vision of how things would turn out, and none of that happened. That's why I am so excited to begin Proverbs 31 Ministries' It's Not Supposed To Be This Way study. How have I combated my "it's not supposed to be this way" moments? Well, at first they were full of tears and the desire to sleep it all away. As I chose to invest in time with the Lord, though, He showed me healthier ways to manage that fear: my health and spending time with Him. But that doesn't mean everything is beautiful yet.

This is how the formula should calculate: hard time plus healing plus staying faithful to God should equal the exact good outcome we were counting on. - Lysa Terkeurst, It's Not Supposed To Be This Way

I often tell God, "Okay, I've been doing this long enough. We can move along with the good stuff now." It can be hard to remember when events don't happen in the order I think they should, but the only timeline God works on is His, not mine. And when life shouldn't look the way it does, I have to take a step back and remember who is teaching me and guiding me. That is what I am most looking forward to with this study.

If you haven't joined in yet, I hope you do. And if you would rather follow along here, fill out this form and simply tell me you want to join the Bible study. Each day, I'll offer up a lesson I learned in the reading, some motivation, and the Bible verses to consider.

Let's find peace together.

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Have you ever experienced a "it's not supposed to be like this!" moment or season? How did you cope?

Have you ever done an online Bible study? What was your favorite part? Least favorite part?

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