THE BIG PICTURE ~
Jeremiah 29:11-12New International Version (NIV)11 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. 12 Then you will callon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
I will speaking to a young man yesterday and he began to tell me his hearts desire. All he wants is to find the right ~ job, girl, get married, have kids and a family. The big picture of life as he still waits for God's timing. Then the big question, why can't I have a family like my brothers and sisters do? I paused for a moment and then said this. I've know you all your life and you have always wanted God's will. The problem comes in when you jumped ahead of God and was dating the wrong person for years. After a break up, it often takes time to reconnect with God and his plan. You said you feel alone and away from God. He is calling you back by his spirit and wants greater for you.
SEASONS ~ We must remember that God gives us free will. Just like Jeremiah 29:11 there is a plan, but our plans get in the way at times. We go down roads that were never meant to travel, but our own free will do that, not God. God often gets blame for our choices and then why did God allow that to happen becomes the question. We must take responsibility for our own free will.
SEASONS ~ OF GROWTH
I love when I began to feel the presence of God in life. I can feel something is going to happen and I feel the hope that stirs my soul. Not everything goes as plan, but I have found that God's plan is the best plan. He guards me from things I think I want and guides me on a path to become stronger in him. Today, I'm a stronger woman of God than yesterday. I've learned to forget somethings, forgive a lot of things and press toward the mark.
Philippians 3:14-15 King James Version (KJV)14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Sorrows and joys are often mixed in the same day. We miss the old days, old normals and now face new normals of life. It happens to each of us and we learn daily to grow in God. Just like the rains come to water the hills, grass, flowers, trees and fill our rivers. So does the rain of God in our lives for our human selves. The old is gone and now the rains come to flow us with joys of God. The promises that God made us and will keep. He is a promise keeper and never forget that!
It's always time for change. A new day brings new weather as well. Go for it today and trust God beyond limits. Press in toward him and allow him to guide your life. Take a few minutes to listen to a uplifting song and watch who joy just comes to you. I love how God works through people too. Even a stranger can speak a word of life to you today. Go and be that example in all you do. If today is hard, please know that I care and my prayers continue for you, your family and friends in all seasons.
Don't forget this: YOU ARE IMPORTANT