Monday, May 27, 2019

Plans for the future dashed, or just a detour?

“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)

Here's a personal story I heard that illustrations this verse as it applies to individuals. When something happens to dash your plans keep an eye out so see how this change fits into God's plans:


 Connie was so excited about graduation that she could nearly smell the ink on her certificate. After spending years planning for college, she was so excited to be accepted into her first-choice school.
But three days before graduation, Connie was hit by a drunk driver. They both lived through it but Connie’s injuries were extensive. She needed several surgeries and she’d have to spend a year re-learning how to walk.
Connie was crushed. She couldn’t understand how God could allow this to happen. She’d been certain she was headed to the right school. She wrestled with her feelings while she forced herself to go through the rehabilitation program.
When Connie finally made it to college, she was delighted. The milestone was that much sweeter than it would have been before.
While she was in her freshman year, Connie met Lee, another student who she fell in love with. But


Lee was in the military and he was transferred not long after freshman year. They continued to date long-distance and Lee eventually proposed to her.
Connie’s thankful for that year of delays now. If it hadn’t been for the accident, she wouldn’t have met Lee or had the chance to start a family with him.
Sometimes, God allows detours into our lives. He does this because He’s working on a special plan for your life.

God, thank you for the detours in my journey. I don’t always understand them but I know You. You’re a good Father and I can trust You every step of the way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

How to Face Discouragement


“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.  (2 Kings 6:16)
The King of Aram
The King of Aram was determined to capture the nation of Israel. He set an ambush and waited for the king’s men. Israel’s troops showed up…but they weren’t surprised by the attack. They’d been prepared for it and they fought valiantly.
This happened again and again. Finally the King of Aram demanded to know which one of his troops was a spy for Israel. One troop came forward to explain that the prophet, Elisha, was warning Israel about these planned ambushes.
So, the King of Aram decides that he needs to kill Elisha and then his plans to ambush Israel will be successful. When he learns where Elisha is, he gathers his troops and surrounds the area.
The next morning, Elisha’s servant looks out the window. He’s shocked to see so many troops and more than a little afraid. Elisha sees his servant’s discouragement and utters a bold prayer.
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17)
When you’re facing discouragement, it can be easy to focus on what you see—the hard heart of your spouse, the deaf ears of your child, the cruelty of your parent. But just as there was a Holy army around Elisha, there is one around you, too. You are not walking into the battle alone. You are backed by the “Lord of Heaven’s armies”.

God, sometimes, all I can see are obstacles and hardship. Open my eyes. Remind me again that You’re fighting this battle with me. You are present with me even now! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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