Well, I’ve been holding this one back because I was waiting to hear about the final results, but about a week and a half ago, I received a call from someone at All You Magazine telling me that I was one of the 10 semi-finalists for their 2011 Grocery Challenge. I don’t know how many people entered this year, but last year they had over 7,000 entries.

To be picked as one of the 10 semi-finalists is a huge honor, and I was honored, I am honored, but I have to admit I was really hoping to be one of the top three, especially the winner because they win a $1,000 award. The winner is also featured in their magazine, and I had high hopes for where it would take this blog that I have been working on and gone back and forth with for so long, from feeling encouraged about where it’s going to discouraged about where it isn’t at.

According to the entry, I should have heard about the results if I was in the top three by today, and I didn’t hear anything. It’s hard. After I got the initial phone call, I had a prayer time and I asked God to take this in His hands, and do with it what he will. If he wanted me to win, then let me win, and, if, for whatever reason, he didn’t, that I wouldn’t. I think I’ve had to put it back into His hands about a thousand times since that initial prayer, and I will probably have to keep doing it, but it is what it is. I can’t change it, even if I wanted to, and I wouldn’t really want to, because I trust in the Lord and His plans for me.

I am honored by being chosen as a semi-finalist, and I am seeking His will for my life and for all of my endeavors. I thank you all for your prayers for this as well!

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