Jeremiah 29:11-13 New International Version
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 call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I AM NOT AN ACCIDENT ~
God planned my life before I was born
Psalm 139:16 New International Version
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
My season is now. I have sow seeds of goodness, love and even mercy on others. I have gain strength through mistakes of life and made right choices. I have gone through the fire and yet came out stronger. I have seen miracles of live and I have seen much sorrow. I have gain wisdom over my lifetime through hard situations, wrong situations and seen how God turned things around. I had more tears than I could ever image one body holding and yet the mercy of God. The outcome is the greater than the beginning.
In the beginning God created the Heavens and Earth. He saw that life was not good alone and created a help mate. Throughout life we watch others lives and wish we were them. The balance of a happy marriage, happy kids and even a smiling dog. Maybe that white picket fence is there or maybe you in in a apartment or even a mobile home. I want more than what I have or do I? I want the leading of God for my life and I want to live without counting a dollar at a store. Do I have enough money to make it this week?
Holding back tears as I write this. I grew up very poor. I saw my mom cry as she had to put back things from the grocery store. She told the checker that she didn't have enough money. We had seasons of living on food stamps and though I thought it was perfect, my mom was ashamed. I wanted to grow up and give my kids everything. Everything that I didn't have in life. A big home, money and vacations without worrying about a dollar. Life hasn't turned out like I thought and I cry a lot. A lot more than I could tell you. I still count dollar to make it. Our retirement isn't what we thought and we struggle each month. But there was time, when we did have money. We made wrong decisions and suffer from those choices today. It wasn't God, it was our own free will. Somebody needs to hear this story.
I get tired of the struggle but I see little faces that I love. My grandchildren that do not need to know about a dollar issue or a struggle. I budge money to get ice cream or something special for them. I feel the greater love for them than I could possibly tell you. All of a sudden, I hear the Lord speak of how that he feels about us. He wants us to have more and to believe big. Someday the struggle will not be sit before me. It won't be set before you either. God has a way of open doors!
OPEN DOORS ~ come suddenly and saying yes to God is important.
I am growing daily in right choices and seeing how important one decision is in life. I hope my example to others is one of hope and encouragement. I don't feel defeat, just sharing real life with you. My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. Make the BEST of each situation you face and know that God is on your side!