Saturday, November 15, 2014

Does God have a plan for me?

Good morning all-

Well, the time is ticking away and we are already in the middle of November.  I don't know about you but the time change here has really been hard on me.  I find myself waking up earlier and going to bed earlier.  Not the pattern I was really hoping for this season.  I guess I am just going to have to adjust.  However, there is something good about waking up at 4:30 am, I have already prayed and now I am writing the blog.

I'm sorry I have not been as faithful about writing.  I go through periods of not knowing what to say.  Maybe I'm seeking wisdom or maybe I feel like what I have to say doesn't really matter but either way, I haven't been very faithful lately.  Obviously, that is what I prayed about today.  I am going to ask God to give me the energy and creative juices to continue this blog with passion and vision.

Last year, I gave a speech to my employees on vision.  I wanted us to capture a vision for the future and implement it with all our energy and passion.  I wasn't sure what would happen but my team became inspired and so did I.  I have thought about the vision every day, even when I didn't want to think about it.  That vision along with prayer and Jesus has propelled my company to new heights.  I couldn't have done it with out dedicated people and I am so thankful for them.  I have to say there were times of despair and lately, times of great jubilation but never have I forgotten that God has a plan for me and this company.

On top of running a company that has doubled in size this year, I have two boys who are both on new adventures.  My oldest is still seeking full-time employment with student loans lurking at his door and my youngest is trying to find a part-time job and navigate his first semester in college.  And to top it off, my husband and I have just completed paperwork for him to become an owner of a business. Now if that isn't vision, I really don't know what is.  The molds are set but the true question in all of it is, "What is Jesus going to do?"  That's the question I have repeatedly asked myself for the last couple of months.  Will I be faithful?  Are my boys strong enough to trust that He has a plan for them?  But more importantly, will we listen to His voice when He calls will we bend to His will for our future?  These are all the questions I contemplate and then I wake up this morning and one of my favorite passages is on my tongue, Jeremiah 29:11.

I wish there was a concrete road map of what we are to do with our lives.  I wish I knew what event would be my finest moment or my biggest failure.  I wish I understood the meaning of what my purpose is and how Jesus will use me for His army and probably most importantly, I wish I knew the future of my husband and sons.  Well, as you all know, I don't have a road map and therefore, just like you, I must pray for my direction, trust in God and walk daily doing the best job I can.  I must repent because I'm sinful and I must ask for trust and forgiveness every day.  Those are the things that I know to be true from Scripture, everything else is one step at a time.

Jeremiah 29:11 has been a passage I have prayed every year of my life.  It comes up at least two to three times a year as my guiding passage.  I guess you could call it my "go to."  I really believe with all my heart that we were placed on this earth to glorify God and that each of us has a journey mapped with winding roads and steep mountains.  I also believe that we will have to traverse rough waters and humble ourselves before a God we can't see.  It's part of a plan that doesn't include me thinking about my journey but participating in it.

So needless to say, we will be praying Jeremiah 29:11 today. That is my prayer for my family and I hope that you pray it with me.  God is faithful, we might not be able to see His vision for our individual lives as clear as we can see His vision for the world but it's there.  He has painted us a road map to Him, our sacrificial lamb and when I look upon that vision all my other goals, thoughts and feelings move to the sideline.  For He has given His life so that we may have eternal life.  If you don't know Jesus, ask Him into your heart.  He has a plan for you; I promise and so does He.  Not everyone will hear his calling but for those that do, we are part of a vision that was cast thousands of years ago and to date, no one can disclaim it!

Be well my sisters and join me in praying Jeremiah 29:11.  He has a direction for you, are you ready to take it?

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. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭11‬ NIV)

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