The Plan

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During a conversation with a friend recently the subject of plans came up. Human plans vs God’s plans. Part of the talk was about how sometimes we humans experience things that, as we go through them, seem hard to comprehend and at times seem to lead us away from where we think He wants us, but later as we look back and see the whole picture it makes more sense.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

We both made statements about God knowing so much more than we do and that His plan is perfect and if we trusted Him more, as in completely, we would end up where He
plans on us being much sooner and without the difficulties many of us encounter.

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9

 

As the conversation continued I commented on how it is similar to a military operation and how the privates don’t always understand a lot about what is going on, they have a mission and instructions on how to complete their mission but sometimes those instructions, the big plan, involves them going what to them seems like the long way around to reach whatever the objective may be and they decide they want to take a short cut but as they do so they run into a flooded fields, barbed wire, land mines or some other trap the enemy has laid for them and because of that they either have to move very slowly or they end up caught in a trap. How the enemy makes them suffer for not following the plan. But, if they persist, they can still reach the objective and after the mission is complete and they have seen the reason they were supposed to take the long route that in the end would have been simpler and safer, yet still would have resulted in reaching the objective without all the hardships they encountered because they took what seemed to be an easier, more convenient way.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

I reflected on how God often has a plan and we decide to take short cuts, remembering the objective, the goal, but not doing exactly as God leads us to do. Seeing and understanding His perfect plan for us, but in our simple human minds thinking that we can do it better than He can. So, we try and fail. Eventually we realize (hopefully) that we strayed from the path He laid before us, diverted from His plan. We are caught in the enemy’s traps and then trying on our own, just can’t seem to get out. So, we call on Christ to help us and He hears our pleas and gets us out of the mess we created and sets us back on His way for us. Reminds me of a movie I saw about World War 1, a soldier took a short cut while they were retreating and got caught in barbed wire and the harder he tried to get out by himself, the more tangled up he got. He didn’t have wire cutters with him to cut the wires and he was trapped. He called for help and another soldier heard him, made his way to where he was caught and cut the wires so the trapped soldier could escape.

8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

 

He is our savior. He has given us the tools, the Bible and prayer, to get out of the barbed wire snares of Satan and God has a plan for each and every one of us, we must only allow Him control and follow His guidance. Using the tools He gives us, requires faith and obedience, without those we can easily fall into traps and by alone we cannot get out of the traps. But if we find ourselves caught in situations that we know are not of God, even though we pretty much got ourselves in those circumstances through our own poor choices, He will come to our rescue and loosen those traps and help us, sometimes carry us, away from the situation. He will deliver us from evil, He will take care of His children and if we believe in Christ as the Son of God, who died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected to defeat death and confess our sins and ask for the forgiveness we need, HE WILL REDEEM US. What an amazing Lord He is!

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36

 

Lord, I thank You and praise You that You have a plan for me, and each of us; that You have understanding of things far beyond my simple abilities and that only through seeking You and following You will I be able to escape the traps of satan and reach that place that Christ has for me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me listen for Your voice and feel Your presence and hand upon me, guiding my steps as I live my life here on earth. I ask that You help me better understand You and Your plan for me and help me stay in the path that leads me to Jesus. I ask that You draw us all close to You and help us be lights in this dark world to help others see the true path. Thank You for the mercy, grace and redemption that was given to me because of the sacrifice and suffering of Christ.

Amen

 

I appreciate those who take time to stop by my blog. I hope something I said blesses someone and that you all have a blessed day and are able to be a blessing to someone else.

 

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It’s Six Thirty: Where should YOU be now?

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(second picture added for younger folks that may not know how to read old fashioned clocks) LOL

So, there I was, piddling around and thinking I had more time than I did when my alarm went off. My regular alarm is set for six thirty but on days I need to get around early I usually don’t mess with turning off the normal alarm, I just set an earlier alarm in addition to the regular alarm time and when it goes off again I just fumble with my phone trying to find it and turn it off then go about my business. Well, that morning I had somewhere to be and the alarm going off reminded me I should have been on the road already to avoid traffic jams and to give myself a little cushion as far as time goes. But instead I would be cutting it a little close to being on time. I finished up and got on my way and God was looking out for me as traffic wasn’t bad and I arrived at my destination just a little early so things were fine.

But, it got me to thinking about the times I was one place and should have been elsewhere. Doing one thing when I should have been doing another. Not just due to running late, but because I got caught up in one thing or another and was not where I really should have been at the time I should have been there, thinking about times when I was younger and I should have been home instead of running around or I was running around with people with whom I should not have been associating.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.  PROVERBS 16:9

God has a plan for us and a time he wants us in certain places and times the He wants and He wants that for our benefit and for His glory. He won’t stop us when we do things that He doesn’t want us to do and He won’t force us to be where and when He wants us someplace but I have to think it hurts Him to see us do things against His will. But He still loves us and tries to bring us back to where He wants us. Thankfully, He does not give up. He could have easily given up on me but He didn’t and I did finally get to the place He desires. God is far more gracious and forgiving than we deserve.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

EPHESIANS 2:8-9

There is a time and place for everything and even though we humans sometimes interfere with God’s plans He is faithful and true to put us back on the path He has laid out for us. WHAT AN AMAZING GOD WE SERVE.

1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

 

But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.  Mark 13:32

So, I ask you again: It’s 6:30, where should you be now?

Heavenly Father, I thank You for my salvation and praise Your Holy Name. I thank You for reminding me that there is an anointed time and place for me and I ask in the name of Jesus that You continue to guide my steps and that I know the difference between my will and Yours and that I always follow Your way and not my own. I pray that You help others to know Your plans for them so that they may be in the place and at the time that You intend and that they listen to Your will for them. Please draw my family and loved ones to You so we can all serve You.

Amen

I do appreciate the time you readers take to visit and read my blog. I hope something I write blesses you and that you are able to be a blessing to others.

Fear for a friend

 

I was praying this morning, mostly just thanking God for all He has done for me. Asking Him for continued guidance. And, just enjoying being in His presence. When, I felt a burden and fear for a friend’s well being, not physical well being, I do not think the friend is in physical danger, but concern for their emotional and spiritual well being. I haven’t heard from them in months, but I had this overwhelming feeling they are or will be going through a very difficult time emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes, I get that sort of feeling for one person or another. I may or may not speak to them about it,  but if I feel that, I pray for whomever the Lord lays on my heart. So, I pray for the friend. If it happens to be someone reading this and you need someone to visit with about things, send me a message. At least spend time in prayer, seek God’s wisdom, hope and help.

 

Lord, I praise Your holy Name and worship You for all that You are for us. I ask in Jesus name that my friend feel You in their life and that they know that You are there for them. Protect them from whatever emotional or spiritual danger they face, show them Your perfect will for them and guide them back to the path You want for them. I pray in Jesus name that You provide the protection for us all from physical, spiritual and emotional problems. That You guide us in Your will and way and lead us to the perfect plan You have for us and show us how to be perceptive to Your wishes in our lives.

 

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit. I will continue to pray for my friend and for others. I hope that God blesses all and shows us what He needs of us that He may bless as all.

What to do, what to do?

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I am facing a decision, a fork in the road, trying to decide which road to take. As I consider options for the future I vacillate between a variety of choices. There are many options for us all, regardless of current circumstances and there are many choices to be made. I am faced with making decisions that will impact my life in many ways and some options will be dramatic changes in my life now and in the future. I make mental lists of pros and cons for each choice as I try to weigh the options, what are the advantages and disadvantages of each. While doing so I find that one choice has definite benefits over the other possibilities and, of course, as I think about things more I see yet another choice would be better for me. And, it goes on and on like that, one pays more, but would be a huge change, one offers stability if you will as it does not require sacrifice or change. The more I think one option is the right one and start to get more certain, the less certain I am about it and the more doubt starts to pop into my mind.

Basically, the more I think rather than being more certain, I become more uncertain. Obviously, I need wisdom beyond what I possess. VERY obviously, I need some guidance from God on this so I believe it is time to look to the scripture first, then pray on things after that so I know the path He has planned for me and wants me to take.

 

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5

 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

 

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

1 John 5:14-15

 

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

 

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

 

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 14:12-14

 

 

 

Well, lots there telling me that He will help me, if I seek Him and listen to Him. So, time to pray a bit and give all the circumstances to God so that He can show me His will and way.

 

Heavenly Father,  thank You for your words to show me that more important than the decision I make, is the way in which I make it and that in order to make the right decision, the decision that You wish me to make I must first seek You and when I do, You will show me the way. I pray in Jesus name that You show me the heart and mind of Christ that I will be able to hear You and know Your will and way for me. That I have no doubt about the decision I make and that while making the decision I put myself aside and look and listen to You while weighing my options. Give me Your wisdom as I make my decisions and help me be humble before You, not trying to push my will into the decision but look to You for that. I ask that You help my loved ones know that the decision is from You and that Your hand is guiding me. Draw us all closer to You and show us all Your will and Your plans for us. Give us all the wisdom to listen to You and understand what You are telling us. I thank You Lord for my forgiveness and salvation through your son Jesus who died on the cross to redeem my sins. Help me be a blessing to others that Your glory is shown through me.

Amen

 

Thanks to all for your time. I ask that you pray for me, that He work in my heart so I know His plans. I hope all have a blessed day and have a chance to be a blessing to someone else as well.

 

Azimuth Check

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I was on my way to work the other day and I saw a group of soldiers on base doing what is called a land navigation exercise. (I work on a military base.) They were divided into groups of 4 and 3 groups were at a check point and starting out for the next point but all headed in a slightly different direction. I know there is more than one way to get to the final destination, but usually there is one right way so one, or all, of the groups were possibly headed in the wrong direction. I knew something was going to happen, so I decided to stop and watch a few minutes. Well it wasn’t more than a couple minutes and 2 of the groups were off course and, the Army being the Army, there were instructors watching them and they called the 2 groups back to the check point and started talking to them, in a typically loud and obnoxious manner. First, the Army does that to try to reinforce critical information hoping that the soldiers take the lesson to heart, but more importantly they stopped them before they got into a potentially dangerous situation. They also wanted to be sure that the soldiers learned what they had done wrong so they could learn from the mistake.

The exact wording was slightly different but overall the same message to both of the groups. They were told they were off course and asked why they were stopped and what they did wrong to make it necessary. No one seemed to know. They were told what happened, what they were doing or not doing, that made it necessary to stop them. They had forgotten to do azimuth checks before moving to the next check point. An azimuth check is when you use the map and compass you were given for the exercise and using known locations, make sure you know where you are and to where you are going. Making sure that the compass did not get bumped or damaged, that you did not forget check the map and that you are in fact, heading toward the goal. Failing to do an azimuth check often results in getting lost, if in a combat situation that can mean you walk straight into the enemy, wander to a target for an air or artillery strike or otherwise get yourself into a dangerous situation. These soldiers would have eventually made it to their check points, but would have had some difficulties on the way due to failure to make sure they were heading in the right direction, failing to take the correct path. They were “corrected” and then went on to do the azimuth checks and got back on course.

Watching that, it got me to thinking about how at times in the past I have failed to do an azimuth check spiritually. I know certain points Christ wants me to reach, or other times come to a crossroads spiritually and need to check my spiritual compass, my Bible, and make sure I proceed on the path He wants me to take to get to the desired destination. Sometimes I get far off track and desperately need to do an azimuth check, spend time in prayer, studying the Bible and seeking the Lord to know how to get back on track. While it is a simple thing in one regard, as one must only pray for the forgiveness He will give if we ask, sometimes the circumstances we are in at the time are not as easy to get ourselves out off  them. But, if we are faithful, seek Him and are sincere He will deliver us. At times, some may look too hard for the deliverance and find a path that is not correct and while God may not want us in a certain situation, He will not require us to compromise our faith to get on the right path. Sadly, I have seen some do just that, sort of like some soldiers I have seen take a path through a swamp to get to where they should be, some Christians will take a path that leads them into undesirable situations that He does not want us in. The path back to God is not a hard path, but it is not always easy either. Sometimes, getting back to where He wants us requires sacrifice but many do not want to sacrifice to get away from a bad environment or they don’t want to move slowly, they want to be in the spot they believe they should be and will compromise to get there. But, the periodic azimuth checks, seeking Him, will help us know the right path to take to get out of a bad situation without doing wrong to get to where he wants us to be for Him.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17

 

6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:6-10

 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

 

5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:5-7

 

No, we cannot get to where we feel we want to be, or where He wants us through our works, only through Him. Even if we know what is right, but do wrong thinking it will get us to the right place are sinning. One must seek HIM to obtain salvation, find His will and His way in our lives. Other methods doom us to sin and failure, we will find ourselves in a swamp that was as bad as where we started if we do not follow Him and seek Him in our efforts to reach the proper place in our lives. I have at times failed to do the right checks and other times, despite knowing I was proceeding in the wrong direction, I went took the path I knew not to take. Praise God that He still forgives when I repent and ask Him to forgive me. Christ paid a tremendous price that I could have that forgiveness and salvation. I am much better about doing my azimuth checks and seeking His guidance rather than trying to follow my own plans for life. He has a much better path for me.

 

Lord, thank You for Your mercy and grace that I don’t deserve. Praise You for the forgiveness and for the sacrifice Christ made for me. I ask in Jesus Name that You continue the work You have started in me and continue to teach me Your way and not my own. Help me have the understanding of Your wishes for me. I pray that You work in the hearts and minds of me and my loved ones to draw us all closer to You. Give us all the understanding of His will for us.

Amen

 

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