Just Breathe – It’s Already Being Worked Out

If you can’t tell by now, today’s Play Prediction is my favorite scripture in the entire Bible. And that’s pretty significant, as there are so many scriptures that I love and lean on.

But this one? When I’m feeling at my lowest, and things are looking really bad, Romans 8:28 has gotten me through almost every major challenge, heartbreak, storm…in every situation that could possibly bring a feeling of hopelessness, this scripture never fails to lift me out of my pit and restore my hope.

As we approached the year anniversary of Kennedi’s injury on July 12, I really examined my thoughts and feelings to measure how I was truly doing after a year.

Over the past year, I’ve had bouts of anger, sadness, regret, feeling hopeless, and feeling defeated, but they were all feelings I had to ultimately reject.

I blogged a few weeks ago about fear being defined as something we created in our minds. And I most certainly was creating various imagined future scenarios in my mind, as a result of letting my thoughts go unchecked.

And when those kinds of thoughts got to swirling in my head, my breathing would sometimes become labored, my stomach would turn in knots, and I would physically work myself up into an uncomfortable position. It would usually be at that point when I realize what’s going on, and tell myself to take deep breaths, and to start thinking about all the promises God has given in His Playbook for Kennedi.

When I started writing this last week, Kennedi was away at Alliance Youth’s LIFE conference. And it was simply an amazing, uplifting, and empowering event that distinctly changed her insight and future outlook for her life. God met her there and answered so many questions and calmed so many fears that she has been struggling with. Months and months of prayers answered in the span of a week!

I’m so thankful that He healed her mentally and emotionally, and I know her physical healing is continuing each day, as both her faith and mine have been strengthened as we’ve been reflecting on our year-long journey.

Now that we’ve passed this milestone, we are looking forward in great anticipation. Kennedi’s enrolled in a new school, and this week she started playing with her future volleyball teammates. We are full of new hope, opportunities, and possibilities for her future.

I’m truly a different woman now than I was a year ago. Do I wish this never happened? I think that’s a tough question – but the answer all depends on what I believe our future holds.

Even though something devastating happened last year, we’ve seen good come from it:

  • I started this blog, which has helped family, friends, and strangers get through tough times
  • My faith in God has constantly and consistently grown stronger
  • Kennedi has a story of healing and hope to inspire others as they go through difficult times
  • We have more empathy for others going through injuries, pain, and disabilities
  • And the most important thing – God is getting the glory through all of it!

So about that question? I’m going to take a leap of faith and say yes, in a way, I’m thankful this happened. God has a plan in progress, and this injury, along with everything else we’ve been through this year – it’s all working together for our good, according to a great master plan, under the watchful eye of God.

And every year on July 12, I’m going to look back and say WOW, look at all the good that God has done through our lives. Now what can be better than that?


Are you experiencing a situation in your life, marriage, health, career, etc that appears unlikely to turn out favorable?

Does the revelation of today’s Play Prediction change your outlook for your current situation?

Feel free to share your response in the comments section…

Published by Tonya May Avent

Child of God. Wife of 20 years to basketball fanatic and coach. Mom to teenage daughters and amazing athletes. Tonya is an award-winning author whose writing has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts magazine. Her first book, Using God’s Playbook for the Game of Life: 52 Scriptures Your Young Athlete Should Know Before Sending Them Off Into the World was released in October 2022.

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