Jer. 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
If I could put my gratefulness into words, it would take me years to write it all down. God has a way of revealing just enough of His plan, His purpose, and His love so that we can recognize and give more of ourselves to Him daily. The more I spend time with Him, the more He spoon feeds me His wisdom. I sat at home and marveled at how far God has brought me in just a few short months. I’ve endured tests and trials that could have wiped me out if I had not had a relationship with God the Almighty.
It’s funny when God makes a liar out of you. I grew up believing that I could never get along with a bunch of women. I couldn’t deal with the cattiness, jealousy, and back biting that I both experienced and witnessed throughout my years. Little did I know, that God would set me up with women across the country who would pour into my life and become mentors, prayer partners, and sister-friends. God is slowly renewing my mind in this area of friendship and I love the journey. Just as these women have spoken into my life, I’m realizing that God is calling me to be a light unto other women. It’s the least likely place I’d see myself. For years I claimed, “I don’t do chicks,” but God is showing me that they are exactly who I’ve been called to serve. My response, “UNREAL!” However, I’m settling in the idea that I’ve got a calling that is far greater than my own and He’s spoon-feeding me daily with visions of my future.
James 1:2-3 “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
Trust that when God removes someone from your life, He’s got a circle of people that He will place to fill the void, speak life into your situation, laugh with you, cry with you, encourage you, and believe with you. Evaluate those that you have close to you. Do they push you closer or further away from God? If it’s the latter, let me encourage you to reposition them in your lives. Some people aren’t meant to go into your next season. Trust God first and rest in knowing that He knows best.
A sister-friend shared Psalm 103 with me just yesterday. Let this be a reminder to us all that nothing is greater than God and He’s in control (when we allow Him to be). Let’s meditate on this together this week and see how God moves in our lives as a result!
Psalm 103: 3-18 reads:
3-5 He forgives your sins—every one.
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.
6-18 God makes everything come out right;
he puts victims back on their feet.
He showed Moses how he went about his work,
opened up his plans to all Israel.
God is sheer mercy and grace;
not easily angered, he’s rich in love.
He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold,
nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,
nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth,
so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
he has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children,
God feels for those who fear him.
He knows us inside and out,
keeps in mind that we’re made of mud.
Men and women don’t live very long;
like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly,
leaving nothing to show they were here.
God’s love, though, is ever and always,
eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said.
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