God has a Plan


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There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”

Proverbs 19:21

Are you enjoying your new year? I pray that you are.

I have something I want to share with you today.

~God has a plan for you.~

For some of you this is going to be easy to believe. For others, it is not going to be quite so easy. However, it is the truth. Whether you can see as clearly as day the road which God is leading you down, or whether you feel like you are traveling through the darkest night, God has a plan.

I have been in both places. I understand how each one feels.

Maybe you started out the new year with a bang. Everything is going great. You are excited about the new year and you know exactly where you are going. Oh, the joy that we feel when we are high on the mountain top of life. The skies are clear, the sun is shining, and we are certain that we are right where God wants us to be. Looking ahead we can clearly see the road paved for us, and we travel it with joy in our hearts.

Maybe your year has not started out so well. Maybe you have run into an unexpected storm. Maybe life has handed you a situation that you were not expecting. What happens when God’s plan seems so far out of reach that you fear you may never find it? Instead of a mountain top you find yourself in a valley. What was once clear skies and sunshine has suddenly turned into storm clouds and darkness. Where you could once see the road ahead, now it seems a fog has set it and you can only see one step at a time.

Let me assure you today, God is there! Whether on a mountain top or in a valley, God never leaves us. He has given us that promise in His word. Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

So many times we allow the devil to make us believe that God is with us when life is easy and all is going well, but somehow leaves us because the clouds have come and a few rain drops are falling. This is simply not true. God is with us all the time.

Sometimes in life, we must go through the valleys. Sometimes we must endure the rain in order to enjoy the sunshine again. Jesus knew that life would be this way. In John 16:33 Jesus says, These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” 

No matter where you find yourself in this new year, I assure you that God will reveal His plan for your life in His time, if you will keep seeking and will remain faithful. If you are on the mountain top, praise God. If you find yourself in the valley, praise God anyway. He is there, no matter how you feel.

Remember: God has a plan. Whether mountain top or valley, whether sunshine or raindrops, God is working in your life. No matter how long the road, no matter how steep the hill, God’s plan is perfect. He will give you the grace and the strength you need if you will place your faith and trust in Him.

Enjoy The Season


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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3: 1

To everything there is a season…

In which season do you find yourself this morning?

We just celebrated the Thanksgiving season. Thanksgiving is a time when we reflect on all the things for which we are thankful, and on the blessings that God has placed in our lives. We offer up prayers of thanks to God for taking care of us and for providing for our needs. We thank God for His gift of Salvation.

We are rapidly approaching the Christmas season. Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We take time and think about the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph and a baby born in a manger. At Christmas time we share gifts with our loved ones and plan family gatherings to celebrate another year.

Outside of the normal Holiday seasons which we celebrate each year there are many more seasons through which we go. Some of these seasons will bring happy memories and some will bring sad memories. Some of these seasons will bring joy and some will bring pain.

 Ecclesiastes 3: 2-8 reads:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

I do not know in which season you find yourself this morning, but I can assure you that wherever you are God is there. You may not always be able to see Him moving; You may not be able to feel Him working, but He is there. If you will believe in Him and trust His timing, God will work things out for you.

God may not always work things out the way that we plan. We must remember that His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are His ways our ways. (Isaiah 55:8) We must trust that even when we do not understand, God still knows best. He always has our best interest in mind.

As you go through different seasons in your life I want you to rest in the assurance that God knows. He sees all, knows all, and is in control of every situation that you are facing. It is up to you to give each situation to God and allow Him to do as He will.

We are promised in Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

I want to encourage you today. There is not one single thing we go through where God is not right there. He already knows what is going to take place and He already knows how it is going to end. Let us put our trust in The One who has written the book. He knows the story. He is The Author of our lives. Will you trust Him today?

Motivational Monday: What are you Looking For?


 “Ask, and it will be given to you;matthew7

seek, and you will find;

knock, and it will be opened to you.

  For everyone who asks receives,

and the one who seeks finds,

and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”

Matthew 7: 7-8

Do you remember when you were a kid and you would go outside to play with your friends? Did you ever play a game called hide-and-go-seek?

We played that game all the time when we were younger. I have to admit, I was never any good at it. I always seemed to be picked as the “seeker.” I was not very good at finding whomever I was looking for. Although, I must admit I never really was good at hiding either. I was always the one who would “run for home” before I was even found.

I am so thankful that the God we serve is not like that. I am so glad that when we seek God it is not through a game of hide-and-go-seek. God does not hide from us. He does not sit back and see how long it will take us to find Him. God makes Himself available to whomever will seek Him with their whole heart. (Psalm 119:2)

Are you searching for something today? Have you found yourself in need of a touch from God? I want to encourage you today to seek Him out.  Isaiah 55:6 says:

“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.”

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God will not hide from you. He will not sit back and snicker as we did when we were kids, waiting on someone to come find us. However, God is a gentleman. He will not push, He will not force His way in. God wants us to come to Him out of a humble heart. He wants us to seek Him, and then He will make His will known unto us.

We need to seek God every day. Without God’s will being done in our lives, we are left wandering around just as we did as little children playing hide-and-go-seek.

Did you ever have a parent point you in the direction of another child that was hiding? Go ahead and admit it, that was half of the fun of playing the game. That is what God’s will is like in our lives. It is a road map for His children. It tells you how to find what you are seeking. It tells us how to get where we are going.

I am so grateful for a God that loves me so much that He will guide me. I am thankful today that God shows me His will if I will seek it out. I need that in my life every day. I know that I am no good at traveling this journey alone. Too many times I have ventured out on my own, only to find myself lost in a dry and barren desert.

None of us can make it through this life by ourselves. You may think for a time that you are doing alright on your own, but you will never be able to fully enjoy all the blessings that God has for His children until you learn to seek Him and His will for you life first. Matthew 6:33 tells us:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God,

and his righteousness;

and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Be encouraged today. Seek God and His will for your life first, then you will be able to enjoy all the many blessings that God has planned for you. If we as loving parents want what is best for our children, how much more does our Heavenly Father want to give us all the many blessings He has waiting for us.

Seek out God today, I promise that you will never be sorry you did.