As I look back over my life I realize - the dreams I had, the plans I made... the Happily Ever After I wanted....I did not get ... It's easy to say...My life did not go as planned...and that's ok. Born in Virginia, I moved with my family to Florida in 1978 - leaving behind a group of friends I had known since kindergarten - only to regain what was lost - by being blessed with an amazing group of friends here in the sunshine state for the past 35 + years. My life was up - down and sideways. Involving some good and some not-so -good people in my life... I was given the precious gift of being Andrew's mom, and that is something I have cherished. My life was hard, difficult and at times I was (and sometimes still am) totally stretched. But I would not change a thing. Everything that happened to me - happened for a reason- and those road blocks and pot holes along my journey made me the person I am today...

In Jeremiah 29:11 it says: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future".

God has a plan for each and every one of us.... I'm sure you have heard it said "if you want to make God laugh - make a plan" and that is so true. When we can relax - let go of the proverbial steering wheel and let God do the driving - it is then that we can fully know His Joy, His Peace and His Will for our lives.

Isaiah 55:8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord.

Valerie is one of the Team Members for the Crowns for Christ Ministry www.crownsforchrist.com

She also attends Calvary Chapel Worship Center, where she is a Leader and one of the teachers of the Tuesday morning women’s bible study. www.ccwc.org