A Change of Plans


Two years into our marriage, DJ and I bought our first home.

It was like a dream come true for my 22 year old heart; the house was in the very beginning stages of construction and we got to handpick everything.

Paint color, countertops, carpet or hardwood…

Of course with each upgrade, the price went up, so we stuck with the basics.

But it was ours; something we had been dreaming about, a place to raise our newborn son – we were over the moon.

Nine months later we had sold our first home, our customized house, and moved into a small apartment in a new city that we were completely unfamiliar with – because we felt like this was part of God’s plan for our lives.

It was scary, different, new and exciting all at the same time.

Four years earlier, just after I graduated from high school, I packed up my green Chevy Malibu and made the drive from sunny Riverside, CA to rainy Seattle, WA.

It was one of the toughest decisions (and the scariest) I’ve ever made.

Saying goodbye to everyone and everything I knew and starting completely over.

Not everyone was happy with my decision; some people told me I was making a mistake.

But sometimes God will put something on your heart that not everyone will agree with.

Over the past 31 years I have learned that sometimes God has different plans for your life than you do.

Some plans are new and exciting, others are unfamiliar and scary.


I’ve also learned that God’s plan always leads to something bigger.

DJ and I sold our first home to join the team at NWLife Church.

Not only did we eventually buy a new home, we also gained a new family through the team and people at NWLife.

My move to Northwest University after high school led to me meeting DJ and discovering my call to ministry.

Both things I am incredibly grateful for.

Proverbs 16.9 says: “We can make our plans but the Lord determines our steps.”

I have found this verse to be so true.

I like things in my life to be planned, organized and structured – but I also don’t want fear, insecurity and uncertainty to ever get in the way of what God has planned for me and my family.


God has bigger plans for me than I do for myself.


And because of that, I choose to trust in Him and follow as He leads.


Tell me about a time when an unexpected change of plans led to a blessing in your life?