Jeremiah 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.”
Recently, I was reflecting on this verse and felt the need to repent of the many times I flippantly quoted this verse and took it for granted. I didn’t take time to prayerfully consider the fact, that in order to walk in God’s good plans for my life, I would need to live a life of surrender and obedience. Not just when it was easy or convenient, and not just when I felt like it. Surrender and obedience to the will of God are a daily requirement.
God does have a good plan for us, but it is up to us to choose to do His will daily, in order for those plans to come to past. We will have to sacrifice our will and choose His. We will have to be uncomfortable at times, in order to realize the joy of walking out His plans and reaping the rewards of a life fully dedicated to Him.
Thank you for the good plans that you have for our lives. Forgive us of the times we have taken your goodness for granted, not being fully obedient to your leading in our lives. Help us to desire your will above our own. Show us areas of our hearts and lives that we are not committing to you and help us to make the needed changes. Thank you for your patience and mercy. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Psalm 145:9 ESV “The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”
Psalm 145:9 BSB “The LORD is good to all; His compassion rests on all He has made.”
I love the wording in both of these versions, so I decided to post them both. God’s goodness is something that I have become even more aware of in recent years. His goodness is always present. However, there are times we may fail to see it, especially when we are going through trials. We must stay intentional about asking God to open our eyes to see His goodness, so that we can avoid feelings of discontentment and discouragement.
Learning to be thankful is a major part of seeing God’s goodness. So when we have thankful hearts, we are more in tune with the way God is working in our lives, the lives of those we love, and in the world around us. We can better see the blessings He gives us everyday.
Thank you again, for your prayers after the loss of my mom. God’s goodness was certainly evident throughout the whole process of her illness and her death. The mercy and compassion He has shown me directly and through others, has left me amazed.
We are blessed that God chooses to be good to us and that His mercy and compassion rests on all that He has made.
12 Corinthians 12:9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
These were my mom, Belle’s, favorite two verses in the Bible. She has it engraved on the cover of one of her Bibles.
We can be strong, because of the grace that is given to us through Christ. When we are weak, He is strong. His strength and power never run out.
My dear mom, went home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus, on the morning of January 21st. Of course I miss her, and find it hard to believe she is no longer here with us. However, I am thankful for the life she lived and the love she gave to me, my family and countless others.
Mom was ill for awhile, so I am also thankful she is no longer suffering. I can’t imagine the bliss she is now experiencing, being in God’s presence for all eternity, with a new glorified body. She loved trees, so I thought of her when I chose this picture…
God’s grace is sufficient. That is a truth that my mom lived each day and I am thankful that through Christ, we can continue to live in that truth too. Weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties, do not change who He is. His power is perfect. We are secure in His love.
We are busy planning my mom’s memorial service, plus I am still processing the reality of losing her, it’s very difficult. So, I may not post every Monday for awhile, but I will still be checking in, reading and commenting, from time to time.
I ask for your prayers during this time. May God continue to direct your path as you trust Him, and as always, thank you for your love, support, and prayers. Blessings.
Psalm 57:10, “For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”
God’s love is unfailing. That is something that really sticks out to me as I read this verse. The fact that His love will never fail us, is a powerful truth we can carry in our hearts and minds each day of our lives. No matter how shaky life may get, His love for us can not be shaken.
Many of us have had times in life where we doubted God’s love. Perhaps, even today as you read this, you are struggling to believe God loves you unconditionally. However, there is no need to worry, He will remain faithful and His love for you will never end. Keep trusting in God’s unfailing love. He is by your side.