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Lessons In Love And God’s Best For Us

Really Do Love You 

“Instead of allowing yourself to be unhappy, just let your love grow as God wants it to grow. Seek goodness in others. Love more persons more… love them more impersonally, more unselfishly, without thought of return. The return, never fear, will take care of itself. “    -Henry Drummond

Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)     “For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
 I will help you.”

God is our Father.  He holds our hand when we are struggling or afraid.  He cheers us on like a baby taking his first steps.  God loves us with an unconditional love and wants the very best for us.

So what is the “very best” for God’s adopted children?  Is it the same thing that God deemed best for His own Son?   Yes, at least to a certain measure.  Jesus died an unfathomably painful death on the cross.  There are some among us who also will suffer painful deaths like Jesus, just think of the Christians in China. 

However, most of us in America will not experience such a horrific experience.  And yet, we will ALL suffer some time in our lives.  If we endure in the name of Jesus, we will share in His glory.  If we maintain a Christian perspective and attitude in the midst of our personal grief and suffering, we could even win some souls to Christ.  By living our everyday life and living through personal storms with a Christian peace and hope, God will use our pain to touch others.  Our sufferings will be in His name. 

The very best for Jesus and God’s adopted children is found in lessons of unconditional love.  These love lessons are usually the most painful of lessons, but they also serve as the most meaningful.  We grow in the fruits of the spirit every time we walk through fire holding onto an attitude of Christian love and faith.

GOODNESS and KINDNESS live in the hearts of those who have suffered greatly, as the wounded tend to learn compassion through their misery.  GENTLENESS is born out of the adversity that has challenged a believer, but who has then released all hopes for vindication to the power of God.

PEACE is a fruit that grows from seeds of trust.  LOVE matures as we learn to give up pieces of ourselves for the benefit of others, knowing full well that every piece we loose is replaced by an even more wondrous portion of Christ.  JOY comes from knowing God and becomes our strength during trials. PATIENCE is learned through experiences of long-suffering and allows the saint to move forward while longing for his real home in heaven.  FAITHFULNESS means commitment. It is a sold-out attitude and stance that resonates a belief in God’s unquestionable ability to do the impossible.  Finally, the believer who suffers in the name of Christ for love’s sake, grows in SELF-CONTROL.  With this final fruit, the temptations of the devil lesson and loose their power.  We gain strength by gaining self-control.

What is best for the children of God?  I say that God’s very best for us involves lessons of love where suffering is involved.  Such lessons deepen our dependence on God and develop our perseverance and a maturity in Christ.  God helps us every step of the way and never abandons us.  The act of love means to think of others first, and for humans that is always painful.

John 13:34-35 (NIV)    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”


Prayer Requests: Are Delays Really Denials From God?



Daniel 10:12-13 (NIV)      “Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.  But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”

Dear Reader,

Jesus taught us the importance of prayer while He walked the earth. In Matthew 6:9-13 we can read what is now called “The Lord’s Prayer.”  It is a wonderful example for all believers on HOW to pray. 

When we approach the throne of God, we need to include praise and recognition of God’s position and authority. Then present we can confidently present our requests, including one for forgiveness.  Protection from the evil one should be a daily part of our prayers, as the devil likes to harass and oppress the children of God.  It is always a good idea to pray a hedge of protection around yourself and the ones you love.

In Hebrews and Ephesians we are told that we can approach the throne of God with freedom and confidence.  We are commanded to pray without ceasing.  This means we should be in constant communication with God throughout our day, by intercession for others, ourselves, and by giving God praise and thanks.

James 1:6 tells the believer that when he petitions God through prayer, he needs to do so without doubt.  The prayer offered up in the spirit must be offered with a confidence that God will answer it.  The important thing to remember is that the prayer request may not be answered in the time or way the petitioner imagined.  God hears all prayers and all prayers are answered. He listens to the cries of His children. 

Finally, we come to the topic of timing.  First, as I said before, prayers are answered in God’s time.  His timing is perfect and we need to rest in that knowledge.  He has a purpose for every trial, lesson, and joyful experience we face.  Each one of these serves to prod us along, into the fulfillment of His plan.

As His adopted children, Jesus instructed us to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as lambs.  This advice needs to include our awareness of spiritual warfare.  We do not fight a battle of just flesh and blood, but rather one that includes powers and principalities of darkness. 

By reading Daniel 10, we learn that Daniel’s prayer was heard by God immediately.  However, there was a delay in the “answer” to his plea.  This time, it was not because of God’s decision to hold off and wait on things.  The angel that finally appears tells Daniel that he had been in a spiritual battle for twenty-one days.  The prince of the Persian kingdom resisted his advancement to help Daniel.  It was not until the angel Michael came to his assistance that the detained angel was able to move forward with his mission to help Daniel.

You need to realize that all prayers are heard by God and answered.  You also need to understand the importance of daily dressing yourself in the Spiritual armor of Christ.  It will help you to resist the enemy.  God sends His legion of angels, or messengers, to fulfill your prayer requests. 

Remember, there can be delays to your prayer requests due to God’s perfect timing, will, or because of a spiritual battle. A delay could be for your safety, or it could be that the angel armies are busy fighting on your behalf.

James 1:6 (NIV)     “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)    “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)      “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)  “This, then, is how you should pray…

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come,
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

The Unique Ways and Thoughts Of God


Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)      “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,”
declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

“By regeneration and sanctification, by faith and prayer, by suffering and discipline, by the Word and the Spirit, the work goes on till the dream of God has been realized in the Christian heart.”      A. W. Toszer

Dear Reader,                                                                                                            The ways of God can often seem illogical to man.  But then, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  We dare not presume to understand His plan of action in our lives.  We can rest in knowing that He loves us and has plans to prosper and not to harm us.

Forget about dictating to God your ideas on how to get things done.  He has a plan for your life and has orchestrated a way to get it accomplished.  He does not need your help planning the journey or navigating the course.   He is sovereign, and He has His own way of working all things together for good.  However, what He does ask for is your obedience and trust. 

Your Father has the ability to take people’s evil intent and work it out for good, and for His glory.  God’s plans for you cannot be cast aside or dismantled.  Even in the face of overwhelming circumstances, His will and His plans cannot be thwarted.  His purposes will always be accomplished in His perfect timing.

The things that happen to you in this lifetime are all a part of His attempt to transform you into the image of His Son.  Nothing that happens to you is by chance, because God’s purpose is never man’s purpose.  His ways are higher than our ways.

Sometimes, God will take events and intervene to accomplish His purpose.  When God initiates circumstances, it is often to encourage the believer to build a deeper dependence upon Him.  God’s desire for His children is to be dependent upon Him.  Therefore, He wants to care for you.  He wants to put you in situations where you can witness Him do mighty works.  He desires your praise and will provide many opportunities in your life to acknowledge His power and strength.

Genesis 50:20 (NIV)       “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”



Dear Reader,

I had a little extra time today, so I am REPOSTING this article on confusion.  I hope it serves to encourage you.

I Corinthians 14:33       “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace… “

There are times in a Christian walk when confusion attacks and leaves a believer frozen in his tracks.  The questions in his mind seem to turn into a demonic cloud of smoke, blinding all vision and understanding.  Thus, progress in his journey comes to a complete stand still.

The Word of God warns us to be wise to the enemy and his schemes.  Matthew 10:16  informs us that we are living among wolves and are to be as shrewd as snakes, while maintaining our innocence.

If you are experiencing confusion in your prayer life it is one of two things.  It could be that satan is harassing you and attacking.  This will often occur when a saint make some kind of progress in taking back ground from the evil one.  Confusion is not of the Lord and so you need to dress yourself in the armor of Christ and sharpen your sword, which is of course the Living Word. 

The Bible promises us that if we submit to God and resist the devil, the evil one must flee from our very presence.  We are in a battle down here and we cannot be complacent while on our daily path. 

We are soldiers in the army of Christ.  We need to exercise our spiritual muscles and increase our strength by leaning more and more on our Savior’s provisions and grace.  The Holy Spirit is quiet in nature but faithful to pinch us if we are in danger, or in need of instruction.  Trust your discernment and practice it.

There is another reason why you might be confused.  Is it be possible that you are expecting God’s answer to your prayers to be exactly how you expect and want them to be?  Remember, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  His ways are so much higher than ours.  So once again, could it be that since the prayers you have offered are seemingly unanswered, you are confused?  Is it that you are not allowing God to answer them in HIS time and in HIS way?  If this is the case you need to ask for the ability to trust and be patient.

The Lord is the MASTER TEACHER and we are His STUDENTS.  When He sees our heads tilted to the side and the “Huh?” in our glance, He will be faithful to reteach His lessons.

Today His lesson was all about how a believer is to identify confusion and deal with it.  Prayer and scripture is always the best way to overcome the schemes of the enemy.  Take heart and do not hesitate to cry out to God when confusion strikes.

JAMES 4:7      “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

MATTHEW 10:16        “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

1 PETER 5:8     “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

“No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.” Guy H. King

Fear Is A Prison


2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)      “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 

Dear Reader,

Fear is a trap that leads to prison.  Emotionally, fear can strangle the hope and life out of a person.  It will not hesitate to cripple, wound, and harass a believer.  Fear loves to cast doubt and disturb peace.  It destroys love and paralyzes the children of God.  Fear is a bully.  Fear is the devil in disguise.

1 John 4:18 tells us that there is no fear in love.  God has a perfect love for us and is able to drive out all fear.  Therefore, we must strive to attain that perfect love of God and remember that He is not looking to punish us.  If anything, God loves us so much that He wants to instruct and discipline us with His mercy and grace…. Not punish. 

If you are facing a struggle that intimidates or causes you fear, take comfort in Joshua 1:9.  In this verse you are COMMANDED to be courageous.  In addition, you are instructed to not be afraid or discouraged.  There is also a promise in this scripture.  The Lord says He will be with you wherever you go.  That means that God will walk with you through sorrow, pain, change, and journeys into the desert or valley.  He will also walk beside you as you climb to mountaintops.  You need not fear because the most powerful being is right beside you.

There will be times in your walk when you are so passionate for Christ and effective in serving Him that the enemy will notice and balk.  He will then most likely get angry and try to sabotage your ministry.  This is when you need to remember that the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them. 

Psalm 91:4-8 reminds us that He will shield you with His wings and that His faithful promises are your armor of protection.   The promises of God are in the bible.  His promises are a part of His living Word.  The Word of God is the Sword with which you need to battle principalities and powers of darkness. 

What are some of the PROMISES of God you should memorize and hold claim, especially at times when you are under spiritual attack?

Jeremiah 29:11 promises that He has plans to prosper you with a hope and a future.  Matthew 11:28 promises to give rest to the weary.  Isaiah 40:29 promises to give strength to the weary.  In Philippians 4:19 assures believers that all needs are be supplied.

Fear lives in every heart but it does not have to rule it.  When the cares of this world cause you fear or give you feelings of being overwhelmed, cast them up to your Savior.  Allow Him to shelter you in the shadow of His wings and give you peace and rest.

Father God,

I ask that the chains of fear in this reader be broken by the power of Your blood.  Bind the devil and place a hedge of protection around this one who is overwhelmed and afraid.  May Your mercy be evident today and always.  Amen.

Psalm 34:7 (NIV)     “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.”

Joshua 1:9 (NLT)      “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 

1 John 4:18 (NIV)     “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Psalm 91:4-8 (NLT)    “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.”

Pearls and Diamonds

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Deep in the center of the earth, a diamond is formed. Though many will admire its beauty and usefulness, when its formation is complete, none views the process by which it is formed. It is hidden, unseen, in the darkness.  So is the work of God in the heart of man.’    -Diane Dew

Matthew 13:45-46 (NIV)     Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a Merchant looking for fine pearls. When He found one of great value, He went away and sold everything He had and bought it.

Dear Reader,

You are a treasure belonging to God.  He took great care in your design.  Just as every snowflake, pearl, and diamond is unique, so are you!  However, it takes pressure to turn a lump of coal into a diamond or a grain of sand into a pearl. 

Intense pressure causes great suffering and turmoil. The transformation of our spirits, as we are sanctified, must endure pressures just as a grain of sand or diamond in the rough must.  In the end, we will be the spiritual diamond or pearl our Lord desires.  However, before the Lord can press and transform us into the gem He has envisioned, we must lay down our wills and submit to Him.

When you are undergoing the incredible but painful process of transformation, you will often find that the only comfort you can obtain is from the Word of God.  People, even with good intentions, will leave you unfulfilled and empty.  The Word is full of encouragement and hope.  The promises of God are many and should be read during times of weakness and doubt, struggle and hardship.

No soul, pearl, or diamond, will remain in the dark ocean or earth forever.  Something will come along to propel it to the surface.  You will be discovered, admired, loved, and treasured by the ones who find you.  The Almighty God already knows about your beauty.  I am speaking about those around you who finally discover your value as you live out His purpose in your life.

You are the pearl in Matthew 13:45-46.  God is the Merchant.  When finding you, He sees your value and sells everything He has in order to purchase you.  Jesus purchased you with is blood.  You are His treasure.  Think about your value and your cost to God.  With this in mind, can you now endure the sanctification process?

Job 22:21 (NIV)      “Submit to God and be at peace with Him.; in this way prosperity will come to you.”

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A Wise Person Knows When To Speak

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“A SMART PERSON knows what to say, a WISE PERSON knows whether or not to say it.”   -Unknown

Proverbs 16:21      
”The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.”

Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)      “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Dear Reader,

The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom and the gems within are crying out for you to grab and implant inside of your heart.  The tongue is something that can offer up healing or serve out pain and suffering.  It is the fool who speaks before listening.  In fact, Proverbs 29:20 tells us that a man who speaks in haste has less hope than a fool. Furthermore, Proverbs 21:23 adds that if you guard your mouth and tongue, you will avoid calamity.

When somebody is suffering a loss and feeling grief of some sort, friends and family want to offer comfort through words and actions.  Unfortunately, well meant words can often cause more harm than good.  At moments of tragedy it is sometimes better to be silent.  A kind glance or a compassionate embrace can be more comforting than a well-intentioned but misspoken word.  Remaining silent requires self-control.  Actions of service and love will surely be a comfort to your friend in need.

There are times when you see a believer in sin and you want to rebuke them.  You think, “Proverbs 27:6 says that the wounds of a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”  Do these words give you the freedom to speak a rebuke every time you see sin?  NO!  However, it does give you permission to PRAY.  You might not be the correct person to address the sin issue.  There may be another person appointed by God who needs to share a loving word of concern.  It could be that this is the person who will have an effective influence on the sinner.  If you speak without the leading of the Holy Spirit, you may turn a sinner into a deeper state of rebellion.

Finally, Matthew 12:36 reminds us that on the Day of Judgment, we will have to give an account for every one of our careless spoken words.  This verse alone is enough to give me serious thoughts of taking a vow of silence for the rest of my life.  I know that there have been many senseless, useless, and careless words that have sprung forth from my tongue over the years.  I can’t take them back but I can certainly confess them to God and strive to be more careful with my words.

Try to recall a time when you were full of sorrow and a well-intentioned but misspoken word was sent your way, causing you even deeper pain and agony.  What could the person have done instead to help along your healing?  Is this a possible life lesson for you?  Could it be that you have also unintentionally wounded a person in pain with reckless words, speaking before considering their impact? 

Overall, I believe that people are too quick to speak their minds, judge actions, and give advise.  I encourage you to practice listening more and speaking less.  Let your words be few and as a result you will find that when you DO speak, many will be listening with their undivided attention.

Proverbs 21:23 (NIV)   “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.”

Proverbs 29:20 (NIV)   “Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
    There is more hope for a fool than for them.” 

Proverbs 16:24 (ESV)   “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”

Matthew 12:36 (ESV)    “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.”

“Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech.”                          – Linda Evangelista

There Is A Crack In Everyone


“There’s a crack in everything-that’s how the light get in.”    –  Leonard Cohen

John 12:24 (ESV)      “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

Psalm 34:18 (NIV)      “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Dear Reader,

When you have a broken heart, the crack within will allow the healing power of God to enter, transform, advise, and heal it.  You are never going to be crushed beyond repair. The Great Physician will bind up your wounds and bring you miraculous healing, in His time. 

Everyone in this world experiences trials, grief, and hardships.  This is a reality of life and nobody is excluded.  Struggles are sent our way by God to get our attention, teach us lessons, develop perseverance, and build our relationship with Him.  With free will, we have a choice to lean on Him during these times, or attempt to stand on our own.  I guarantee that things will be a lot easier if you ask God to help you out. 

If you are feeling broken right now, remember that He promises to be close to you.  He will save those of you who are crushed in spirit.  He does not abandon you during your time of need.  You are never alone, even when you FEEL that you are. 

He is omnipresent and sees all.  He is omniscient and knows all, including how best to help you.  God is also omnipotent and all-powerful.  He is mighty and strong beyond your imagination. 

Trust and faith must carry you through your struggle.  In John 12:24, the Word gives us an understanding as to WHY each person must break, or die to self.  It is only in dying that we can sow seeds, which will in the proper season bear fruit.  He will give you the grace and mercy needed to accomplish whatever He is asking of you.

By keeping your eyes on your Savior and not your circumstances, you will be able to face each day.  Our God warns us not to look too far into the future for it will overwhelm us.  Each day carries enough worries and woes.  Decide to listen to His voice daily and ask Him what He wants you to learn.  Meditate on the lesson(s) your hardship is teaching you and strive to apply it to your life.  Make it a personal goal to bless others with the wisdom you have gained by walking through your trial.

Sadly, if we do not learn the lessons God has prepared for us, other circumstances will present themselves.  He loves us enough not to leave us in kindergarten.  He wants us to move up to first grade, and all the way through college…. And even beyond.

 If one storm setting is not breaking your will or sin habit, He will design another storm to once again present the lesson He wants you to grasp.  He loves the remedial student as much as the A+ student.  He has no “teacher’s pet” for we are all equal in His eyes.  It is simply a matter of how quickly you want to get through school.  There are more responsibilities required of those who have moved past grade school, but there are also greater riches to be gained through spiritual maturity.

When you have a broken bone in your body, and it is not properly “set,” doctors may have to break the bone again in order to align and heal it.  If a broken leg bone is not set properly, mobility will be hindered leaving the wounded a cripple.  Think about this regarding your spirituality. Refusing to submit to the will of God will expose you to more storms and broken hearts.  Thankfully, God heals completely and will never choose to leave you a spiritual “cripple.” Your obedience will determine your gait and spiritual health.

When you die to self and accept His will in your life, you will discover your brokenness has allowed you to learn and grow in the fruits of the Spirit.  May goodness, kindness, gentleness, peace, love, joy, patience, faithfulness, and self-control be your reward for bravely facing your struggle.  He wants only good things for His children.  He gives good gifts.  Change your perspective and look on your brokenness as a thing of beauty.  For God says that when we are weak, He is strong.

Psalm 147:3 (ESV)   “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Free Choice vs God’s Plan And Purpose For You


Isaiah 46:10 (NIV)

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.
 I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ 

“Toward all this, God is moving with infinite wisdom and perfect precision of action.  No one can dissuade Him from His purposes; nothing turn Him aside from His plans.  Since He is omniscient, there can be no unforeseen circumstances, no accidents.”

Becoming a Woman of Purpose by Cynthia Heald                                                                                 

Dear Reader,

Do you think God has a grand plan for you?  Do you think it is all laid out just waiting for you to take on?  Do you think God is on schedule or tardy; like a disrespectful date?

Tonight, I had a very interesting discussion with the ladies of my Woman’s bible study.  We are reading A Woman of Purpose by Cynthia Heald.  In chapter four the topic of the sovereign rule of God is discussed.  Our discussion tonight covered aspects of free will and whether there is Divine Intervention.  If there is Divine Intervention how can we still have free will since God is going to get what He wants no matter what? 

(Believe me when I say I thought my brain would explode during our roundtable discussion.  Connecting the concepts was and still is a real challenge for me.  I am STILL PRAYING OVER IT and trying to make sense of it all…. Thus this post!!) 

Consider the story of Jonah.  God had plans to use him to warn the Ninevites.  Jonah did not want the job and turned tail.  His choice to go in the opposite direction of where God had asked him to go is an example of free will…. And rebellion. However, God had a plan for Jonah, so not even his free will and disobedience could interfere with it.  Isaiah 46:10 tells us that the purposes of God will stand and that He will do as He so pleases.

As I see it, God allowed Jonah to waste His time when he decided to ignore God’s instructions.  Our Creator provided a whale and the means for Jonah to get back on track, with a more submissive and obedient heart.  Was there Divine Intervention in this story?  In order for God to accomplish His purpose and fulfill the call on Job’s life, He sent a whale.  Hmmm Yes, I think that qualifies as Godly Intervention.

I am still considering all the discussion ideas of tonight, but I am so thankful I have mature and Godly women from my church who want to discuss such meaty matters.  Maybe the idea of free will and how it fits into God’s plans of concrete is beyond my comprehension.  Down here we only see things imperfectly.  In heaven we will understand and grasp those things that are now too great for our minds. 

But as the Bereans searched the Word for answers, let us take on their example and do the same.  We don’t have to know all of the mysteries of God, but it is great to strive for more knowledge and understanding.

I know God has a plan for you Dear Reader.  I know you have free will.  I also know that the plan He has for you will not go unfulfilled, as the Word also tells us that He is faithful to complete that work that He has begun in you.

Maybe you are in the midst of a storm.  Maybe your trial has left you exhausted and you are sitting down on your path; your journey suspended.  Perhaps you are like Jonah and have been running away from the call God has on your life.  You have free will and God is very loving and patient. He will wait and allow you (SOME) time to get back on track.  However, if you hesitate too long He will certainly provide circumstances to get your attention.  His motive (besides love) is to direct you back to the call and purpose He has created you for in this life.  His plans never fail. 

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.      Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.  1 Corinthians 13:12 (NLT)

“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”           Job 42:2 (NIV)

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Converse w:Jesus

Father God,

I ask that You draw close to this reader and make *He/her aware of Your presence.  Look into her soul and massage Your healing power into her heart.  If she feels shipwrecked and abandoned, remind her of Your love.  Send people to help her and please provide for all of her needs.  Stop the racing thoughts of her mind and calm her with Your peace that transcends all understanding.  Lift up her countenance and grant her strength to carry on with hope.  Remind this reader to fix her eyes on You and not on the circumstances that trouble her.  Remove all fear and direct her path.  Amen. 


ROMANS 15:13  (NIV)       May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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