God's Plan with Maria Hass

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  1. I have had God show up multiple times and throw a wrench in my plans. I know His way is always best, but I’m pretty anti-change, which always leaves me kicking against the goads. Thanks for sharing your story with us and reminding us that we don’t need to be hindered by expectations. That is so freeing.

    1. Thanks Heather! I’m reminded of that cartoon of the “footprints poem” where it says, “that one set of footprints is where I carried you… and that groove over there is where I had to drag you, kicking and screaming!” I have learned to resist less and less. Honored to share!

  2. Thanks for sharing so candidly, Maria. It is so important that we listen to what God wants us to do for Him – and He often uses our husbands in directing us clearly. Praise Him.

    1. Thank you Amy! And I admit I learned to listen to my husband and submit to him much later in our marriage. Now he is more of my leader than back then, but I suppose better late than never. God is so good!

  3. Thank you for sharing your story of life, faith, and family – of his grace and your obedience. {I’m visiting from #GraceandTruth today.}

  4. Thanks for sharing your story. It can be hard to lay down our plans and go with God’s, but there is definitely peace in surrendering to his will. Around a year ago God asked me to be part of a new church plant in my area. It was something I had lots of reservations about and had almost decided against, but his call to be part of it was so clear that I had to. A year on, I am so glad and I can see that it has blessed me in ways I’d never have imagined. Visiting from Grace & Truth.

    1. Thanks Leslie! It’s true – we can’t imagine the blessings God has in store for us if we walk in obedience with Him!

  5. Thank you for sharing, Maria! It’s a struggle, too, not getting discouraged and second guessing the plan you feel He has for you. There have been so many times in my life where I feel like I was in the place He wanted me to be and I quickly learned that life happens in seasons and those seasons may only last a short time. Not all of us have been called for one specific purpose. But like mama always says, “If you feel at peace in your heart, you’re probably going in the right direction.” 🙂

  6. Maria, thank you so much for that story. I both love and dread those curve balls God throws us. I guess I dread them at first and then love what God does through them. I’ve had a few in my life as well, including a move 4 1/2 years ago to Alaska! Thank you for the reminders that when we don’t obey a call from God, no matter how illogical it seems to our human wisdom, we will miss out on the gifts he has for us. I love this testimony and was blessed by you today!

    1. Moving to Alaska requires A LOT of faith! Lol thank you for reading, Jamie! And yes, we can truly miss out on some amazing things He has for us when we don’t submit.

  7. It can be so difficult and inconvenient to follow the Holy Spirit’s calling. Thanks for being honest about how long it took you to do it….sometimes I jump on in and other times I’m hesitant. Trusting initially makes all the difference.

    1. Well in a perfect world we are all ready and obedient to the call. In the real world, sometimes we get a little lost inside our own heads. Thanks for stopping by Kristi!

  8. I was there several years ago! Same story…at a retreat, and the big loud voice of “I love you and it’s going to be ok” While it’s taken a while for life to fall into line, I have to admit, He has been there every single step of the way. I keep trusting we will find our way. But it’s hard to listen sometimes. 🙂

  9. Love your testimony, Maria. God is so good and so very patient with us, but He is all about bringing us to that point of obedience where we are completely His. I struggle with this too and I am now a Grandma and my homeschool years are behind me. He is always working with great love and patience. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It goes in seasons doesn’t it? We don’t ever “graduate” in obedience to the Lord until we’re in heaven. Thanks Amy!

  10. I love this.! I love that you know God has called you to stay home with your kids. It’s funny because so many people look down on that as it not being a calling but being lazy or something. I’ve already graduated college and pursuing some pretty cool careers in my single days, however in my heart of hearts I know that one day God has called me to stay home with my family and serve His kingdom in ways that don’t necessarily meet the eye. Sometimes I think it’s the things we do behind the scenes that one sees but Jesus that brings Him much joy! Keep going because your kids will remember this one day!

    1. Thank you Erin! And you are right – staying home to raise your kids IS a calling! Not an indication of laziness.

  11. First, thanks for featuring Maria. She is so down-to-earth honest. I have wrestled with my calling for years. God has made it clear ( I think), so I am stepping out in faith. This post is encouraging and convicting? I’d appreciate your prayers!!

    1. I love you too Sheila! I’ll keep you in prayers so you have the courage to step out in faith any time God asks. It’s always a scary time when we feel God’s calling in our lives and it doesn’t line up with our picture perfect ideas.

  12. I find that God’s most powerful interactions are those that I wasn’t asking for and wasnt expecting. Maybe it’s when we are caught off guard that His voice seems so profound. Thank Goodness that He is always with us when we ‘feel’ Him and even when we dont!

  13. Maria,
    I had not read this until today. I so relate. I, too, came from a strong line of women. They expected things of me that were not possible after I met Jesus. Never thought I’d be home schooling. I did finish my degree, but thought I’d be working , not staying home. My decision to stay home and home school was not popular in my family. I had an education; I needed to work; and I did not need to depend on a man to support me. I was obedient (kicking and screaming a bit), but I have been blessed in more ways than I can count. It has not been easy, and it’s still not. But I know this is what God has for me.

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