What I prayed for, hoped for - another little girl of my own with dark, dark skin and another language to decipher living under my roof and what has come out of those prayers and hopes are two very different things. But God responds to our hearts’ cries in beautiful ways…He brings us along, He shapes our experiences which in turn, shape what we hope for, and then He creates these interwoven tapestries that are breath-taking, and far more meaningful and redemptive than where our prayers and wishes first started. Things change. People can change.

So here’s what I keep learning, over and over and over again --- to wait on God passionately and expectantly. What you think your year is going to look like, or your month, or this day, could up-end itself in a breath. (And I have a kitten to prove it.) But hold on tight, because God never, ever changes. God remains faithful through it all. Life is funny and amazing and beautiful that way.

Excerpted from: He Is Just That Into You by Elisabeth K. Corcoran (2009). Published by Pleasant Word (a division of WinePress Group), Enumclaw, WA. www.winepresspublishing.com. Used with Permission.

Elisabeth K. Corcoran is mom to Sara (16) and Jack (14-1/2). She loves spending time with her kids, her friends, reading and writing. She is the author of At the Corner of Broken & Love: Where God Meets Us in the Everyday; One Girl, Third World: One Woman’s Journey into Social Justice; He Is Just That Into You: Stories of a Faithful God who Pursues, Engages, and Has No Fear of Commitment; In Search of Calm: Renewal for a Mother’s Heart; and Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom’s Weary Soul. All these books can be purchased on Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle.

Her upcoming book, Unraveling, is releasing with Abingdon Press in October 2013.

Visit her website and her blog. You can follow her on Twitter at ekcorcoran or friend her on Facebook.

If you are in a difficult marriage or find yourself going through a difficult divorce, I have created two private groups on Facebook that I would like to invite you to. Simply email me at elisabethkcorcoran@gmail.com, let me know if you're interested in the married group or separated/divorced group, then send me a friend request on Facebook. If you're in need of some encouragement, I invite you to join us.

Elisabeth is a proud Member of Redbud Writer's Guild

Publication date: March 29, 2013