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When Plans Change [Podcast]

Have you ever been so sure about something, so confident that you had the right plan — only to see it blow up in your face? Maybe, just maybe, despite all that frustration, those experiences are actually blessings in disguise.

That’s what Alece Ronzino learned after spending 13 years of her life in Africa.

Wrecked Sessions

It’s one thing to be determined, to have a clear path in life. But it’s quite another to choose the way of faith, to sacrifice and commit even when life gets hard. To have a constant attitude of openness and availability.

In this week’s edition of the Wrecked Sessions (a 10-part weekly podcast series I’m doing based on my book, Wrecked), we meet my friend Alece, who understands better than most the cost of trusting God.

I hope you find the conversation as inspiring as I did.

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About our guest

At 19 years old, Alece Ronzino went to South Africa with the intention of only being there for a year. Thirteen years later, she returned to the U.S., completely changed.

Alece Ronzino

Alece Ronzino

She couldn’t imagine going back to what most of us would call a “normal” existence, not to mention the comfortable New York lifestyle she left over a decade before. She was wrecked.

Alece and I met shortly after she returned from Africa. Those experiences — the good with the bad, the heartbreak with the miraculous — have all taught her an important lesson: Life is not about me.

In this episode of the podcast, we discuss changing plans and how to handle failure through various seasons of life. We also discuss why it takes more than good feelings and short-term thrills to live a meaningful story.

To find out more about Alece, you can visit her on her blog or connect with her via Twitter (@aleceronzino).

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How do you react when your plans get interrupted by a larger purpose? Share in the comments.

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  • writebrainrd

    I wouldn’t even try to compare my experiences with the remarkable
    journey that Alece has taken, but I will say that when you leave your
    life in God’s hands, He often has plans you would never choose on your
    own. Five years ago my husband and I joined a church. I thought singing in the choir sounded like fun. But God had other plans. I started getting this
    pressure around my shoulders to begin an adult Sunday school class.
    This was ludicrous, in that I knew little about the Bible, but I was
    faithful. It was a slow, tedious slog, and often included tears as I
    prepared the lesson, but today I lead a large Sunday school class full
    of vibrant folks, 16 to 80 years of age, and also a women’s Bible study
    one night a week. I wouldn’t have imagined this in a million years. Life is, after all, not just about what would please me, but what would please God.

    • http://www.gritandglory.com/ Alece Ronzino

      Simply beautiful!

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  • http://twitter.com/cupojoegirl Eileen Knowles

    Finally had a chance to listen. Thank you for sharing your journey, Alece. Really enjoyed it. I love how you touched on how you “go” to make a difference and how incredible and amazing it is that what really happens is that you change and grow in the process. What a gift.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      A gift, indeed. Thanks for listening, Eileen!

    • http://www.gritandglory.com/ Alece Ronzino

      I so appreciate you listening, Eileen! Thank you!

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    This is a treat to listen to on a Tuesday morning … it comes on the heels of hearing / following the news of the Boston explosion. Knowing you’ve had your own “explosion” in your life AND that we’ll hopefully all be wrecked by the pain we see, And yes, yes, yes to it being a lifestyle. And more than that, it’s been a wonderful life :) (as one who has been wrecked). Alece, thank you!

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      Just seeing your comment here, Amy. Thank you, sweet girl.

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