God Had Other Plans

I remember just sitting there, so scared and so angry. I wanted to scream at him for what he had just done to me but knew I couldn’t, for fear of what else he might do.

Successful Fortune 500 businesswoman and mentor Cindy McPherson hasn’t always been the woman she is today. Raised in an abusive and dysfunctional home as the youngest of 4 children, she married right out of high school, divorced, and supported herself and her daughter as a single mom with just a high school education. Later in life, her own wrong choices threatened to destroy her family and career.

Now she is sharing fifteen simple yet powerful truths that she has learned. They will motivate, inspire, and challenge you to move beyond your past. If you struggle with seeing the bright side in the middle of difficulties—and most people do—then you will be challenged and encouraged to get back up and keep going.

  1. Lesson 1: Your Attitude is a Choice
  2. Lesson 2: Remembering Where You Came From
  3. Lesson 3: Embracing Rock Bottom
  4. Lesson 4: The Power of Influence
  5. Lesson 5: Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations
  6. Lesson 6: One Act of Kindness
  7. Lesson 7: The Power of Letting Go
  8. Lesson 8: When Falling Feels Like Flying
  9. Lesson 9: The New Start of a Humbled Heart
  10. Lesson 10: The Wisdom of Boundaries
  11. Lesson 11: Living Out Your All-In Moment
  12. Lesson 12: Letting Go of “Perfect”
  13. Lesson 13: Choosing Life with Your Words
  14. Lesson 14: Smashing the Mirrors of Insecurity
  15. Lesson 15: When Not to Say You’re Sorry

Here is just one lesson that’s explained more fully in her book:

Mark it down. Take it to the bank. It’s a 100% lifetime guarantee. If you’re trying to change the course of your life, it’s a truth that needs to sink deep into your soul: it’s time to let go of those behaviors and attitudes that you justify as “perfectionism.” Here’s the reality: so-called “perfectionism” is really nothing more than the feeling of needing to have absolute control over a particular area of life. The truth is that you and I will never, despite our best efforts, be able to control every aspect of our lives. Why? Because we weren’t designed to be in control. God is the only One who can lay claim to that power. Thus, the more we seek personal perfection in any area of our lives, the more frustrated we become, because what we seek is simply unattainable. Author Edith Schaeffer, wife of the Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer, said it this way: “People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”

We would be wise to allow Him to direct our lives rather than continue in our frustrated pursuit of perfection.