His Planned Purpose


So you and I ~ Just when we think we’ve got our agendas all thought through and all planned out and all ready to put into action, our ears hear a still small voice and words from Isaiah 56: 8 saying, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways.” And so we think twice about that little voice ~ or do we? Do we consider it or brush it off and press forward anyway? Yeah, God has spoken Truth into our aggressive souls and into our busy agendas and into our bold, brazen and prideful thoughts once again. Yeah, He brings us back to the reality of His Sovereign rule over us and over all of our ways and yet we’re so quick to turn away and go about our business.

But wait, beautiful you, there’s more beautiful truth for your beautiful soul, found in verse 9. Don’t miss it! It’s so important for us to catch and tuck away into our hearts, for such a time a this. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” He knows so much more than our small, human minds can even begin to understand. Read on to refresh your memory of how He alone, as Creator of heaven and earth, orchestrates the rain and the snow to fall from the heavens to water the earth with refreshment,  to restore with bud and seed for the sower and bread for the eater before returning back  to the heavens.

In the big picture He’s got it all. What a brilliant mastermind holds our lives in tact. Tuck that heart knowledge into your pocket for a rainy day when all seems lost. The One who recycles the rain and snow can recycle the loss and the pain too.  Ahh, those rainy days might come with a price but they also come with a purpose and oh~ He cares so deeply! He really does!   His word will not return empty but will accomplish what He desires. He Himself, says so in Verse 11. His plan is one of compassion for His people! He has a purpose for His own and a desire to see that purpose fulfilled in our lives. He cares about us and our agendas! Let’s not leave Him on the shelf while we run off outside of His plan with stars in our eyes to make success happen. Let Him in alongside to plan your plan and where He takes you from there will be a refreshingly, beautiful place to be ……

“You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills will break forth before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn bush will grow the pine.
Instead of briers the myrtle tree will grow.”
Isaiah 55: 11
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Joy To The World

Advent
Advent

So it’s a beautiful, Advent season with peace and joy and happiness oozing in all directions and wonderful things are going down all over the world right? Not!!!!

It’s a crazy, mixed up world and peace is the laughing stalk of the town right now! How is it that we’re to have peace when the world’s in chaos and the countries are at war and the bombs are dropping and the refugees are fleeing and ISIS is taking and lives are being sacrificed and there’s no respect for anything or anyone anymore.
So ~ government laws are passed that are way out of Biblical bounds and have far-reaching and detrimental impact on future generations, and we’re suppose to be ok with that? Yeah, it’s a crazy world and the governments are oh so powerful but oh so weak! So ironic isn’t it?
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But come now again to Bethlehem! See the babe lying quietly in the manger. Look at Him! See for yourself! Our joy doesn’t lie in our governments and in our world leadership. Our peace doesn’t come from all that goes on around us, not even for a second. It’s deeper than that. It’s stronger than that and it’s more accessible than anything this world can offer. As Christ ones, a Savior was born to us on that night long ago, under a Bethlehem star, so bright it lit up the world to make the heavenly announcement of the birth of “Peace”, the Prince of Peace, the Eternal Father, The Counselor, God’s son. Oh yeah, He’s our peace at this glorious Advent season. Our peace in the midst of heartache, sorrow, panic and fear. He’s our joy when happiness goes South and everything that can go wrong does. Our Lord and our King carries the weight of the world on His shoulders and the governments are under His rule and His reign. Nothing will go down that He doesn’t order! You can know that! In spite of nasty world events and a world turned topsy turvy and bad laws being passed and bad news everywhere in a crazy, mixed up world, we have a winner ruling our lives and giving counsel for abundant living through all the ragged edges!

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So, come now to a glorious, peaceful and joyous Advent season! It’s in your own heart! That’s where you’ll find it. Even when the world is reeling in anguish and joy is non-existent, our beautiful souls can praise the God of our Salvation and sing “Joy To The World” to a world that has none and needs lots. Oh how marvellous are His works and how wonderful are His ways.

Isaiah 9: 6,7
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government
will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.”

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The Final Straw

Advent
Advent

Ok, so the journey is long and the steps are difficult and the end just doesn’t seem to be in view. Don’t we just trudge along sometimes with head down and heart heavy and steps weary? I can only imagine a couple that did the same as they journeyed to Bethlehem for their government duties with taxes to pay and deadlines to meet and bones just as weary as ours! Yet with strength waning and with great apprehension amidst simple trust, nagging deep within their souls ~ they made their way. Yeah, Joseph the obedient through thick and thin, and Mary ~ heavy with child ~ the Savior of the World, experiencing events so complex and hard to comprehend they made their way ~ just because it was God’s plan and they were a part of it. Sometimes His plans are not easy, but it was a beautiful plan, a plan for saving the world and it had to be and it had to be just “precise” in its timing and perfect right down to the last straw.

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No room, and all alone ~ but no! Not alone! Not even for a second, because God was guiding every lonely step of the way, even through their weariness. So beautiful weary you with soul heavy, and heart aching know that your steps are ordered by this same sovereign God that led the weary couple to Bethlehem! He directs with events so perfectly timed that we could never figure them out. He unravels the mess, the complications, the unanswered questions, the apprehension, and the fear right down to the final straw, where you feel like throwing in the towel. So don’t do it! He’s got it! Whatever has you bound in worry, Don’t give up! Mary went through what she went through for the ultimate purpose of delivering Christ to the world and presented us with a Savior and Yeah, a beautiful example for us.

So, our purpose in this life is to do the same through our struggles and our situations! Whatever difficulty is heavy on your plate this advent season, Let God lead you through it with precision as you deliver Christ to a needy world, through your faith and trust and joy even in the difficult.

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Luke 1:35, 37
“The angel replied, ” The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy and he will be called the Son Of God….For nothing is impossible with God.”

Joy For The Road

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So we need joy today don’t we? Right smack dab in the middle of the hard places and the difficult roads. Yeah, right where it’s so difficult to find it sometimes. Where does it go when the troubles hit home and the friends fail, and the lonely road just gets longer, and family members don’t comply and finances wane, and health fails, and fame dies, and popularity takes a nose dive and your project gets rebuked and rejected and on and on and on it goes? Beautiful soul, What’s taken your joy today? If something truly has robbed us of joy, then we find it in all the wrong places. Well, dear ones, we’re instructed to look for it in the hard places and in James 1: 2-3, James reminds us of that when he writes, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” Yeah, those trials produce back bone and maturity in our walk. They help to grow us up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord! They take us to new heights, to new levels, to higher levels, to strengthening levels, to levels that defy the enemy and put him in his place ~ under the foot of our Saviour. Pure joy awaits here in the difficult, and even in the midst of them! Oh, the hard places can rob us of our joy if our focus isn’t on the sovereign God over the problem. He handles it! He takes care of it! He is our joy in those places of hardship and trying situations.

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No joy today? Then get alone with your maker and the creator of the universe and life itself. When our lives centre around Him, joy abundant flows from the hem of His garment infiltrating every tiny detail of our circumstances. He’s there for you today! Seek His face and rejoice with the Psalmist in Psalm 28:7,
Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

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