The beauty of forgiving.  If you're harboring bitterness in your soul toward God because He has not made your dreams come true yet, choose to trust God's plans.  Ask God to show you whether or not your dreams reflect His dreams for your life, which are sometimes greater than you can imagine.  Decide to pursue God's dreams for you rather than just your own agenda.  Trust God to make His dreams for you come true in just the right timing.  When you let go of your grudges against God and pursue forgiveness, you'll discover the freedom you need to pursue His dreams for your life.

The beauty of a last chance.  No matter how many mistakes you've already made, God will meet you where you are with forgiveness and the grace to grow when you turn to Him.  It's never too late to place your trust in Him, as long as you're alive.

The beauty of giving your all.  Trusting God is risky and costs a lot sometimes.  But it's always worth it.  Ask God to give you the strength you need to follow wherever He leads.  The spiritual rewards you'll gain will far outweigh the sacrifices God asks you to make.

The beauty of a pilgrim.  When God calls you to let go of what's familiar and move on to a new place or situation, be willing to trust Him enough to do so.  Shift your focus from where you've been or where you're going on your journey of faith, to who you're becoming as a person in the process.  Remember that what matters most isn't what assignments God gives you or how well you complete them, but what your heart is like in the midst of them.  At the end of your journey on Earth, you'll have to give an account to Jesus of how you lived your life, why you made the choices you made, and what you held in your heart that only He could see.  Trust Him fully in each day that He gives you, since that's what He cares about most.

Adapted from Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God, copyright 2009 by Sheila Walsh.  Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, Tn., www.thomasnelson.com

Sheila Walsh, a successful speaker for Women of Faith, is author of the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess series, The Heartache No One Sees, Get off Your Knees & Pray, and Let Go. Her books number more than 3.5 million in print. Sheila lives in Frisco, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and son, Christian.