Archive for May 2013

God Has a Plan or You

“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

New International Version (NIV)

 God has a plan just for you! He has created you with all your gifts and abilities so that you can do what He has created you to do. How do you know what He wants for you? You have to seek Him, ask Him, learn what He intends for you on the earth.

God intends a future and a hope for you. Does that mean everything will always be easy? No. And yet, His yoke is easy, His burden is light.

To me, the importance of this passage is what God envisions for you. He envisions the future and hope. He does not plan harm for you, yet, you may experience things in this life that are difficult.

What are His plans for you? Ask Him. He is waiting to show you hope and your future.

The Deep Love of Jesus

The song, “Oh the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” was written by London merchant Samuel Trevor Francis in 1875. The lyrics tell of our savior’s unfailing and faithful love for us. You can listen to several renditions of this lovely song on You Tube.

I am particularly taken by these lyrics of the song:

How He watches o’er His loved ones,

Died to call them all His own.

How for them He intercedeth,

Watcheth o’er them from the throne.

Think about what a deep and dear love that is! From His throne in Heaven He watches over us, and intercedes for us. When we feel He is far away, the fact is, He is there, watching and loving us, feeling our pain. A love so deep that He gave His life . . . He is there to take our worry, pain and sorrow.

Ask Him to heal your pain, take your worry and renew your heart. He is waiting for your prayer.

Confident and Humble

In my business dealings I sometimes run across people who are confident in the abilities God has given them, in His perfect provision for them, in being able to handle, by His might, whatever God places before them. One of my best friends and I have a mutual friend who is an incredibly astute and accomplished businessman, committed to his family, who could choose to boast of his success and talk about himself. And yet, he doesn’t. He always shows a genuine interest in others. He has a giving and joyful spirit. Because he is confident in who he is in Christ, he has no need to boast or prove himself right.

How confident are you in who God has made you to be? For you are wonderfully and powerfully made, crafted by the hand of almighty God. And, by His grace you not only receive eternal life, you can have heaven on earth. Ask Jesus to build your confidence in Him and in yourself. Being humble doesn’t mean being self-deprecating, it means giving God all the credit, all the glory.

Be blessed!

 

 

Doing Right God’s Way

Have you ever been faced with an unethical situation in your work or personal life? Perhaps people in management at your company are doing things that you know about, that violate your personal code of ethics. If you stick up for what’s right, what could be the consequence?

I’ve heard countless stories of people in the workplace who take a stand for what’s right, who might suffer in the short term, yet God honors them in the long term. Is something going on around you, that God is urging you to bring to the light? Are you in a place or situation that God is telling you to leave?

Taking the right action may seem scary or frightening, yet Jesus will never fail you nor leave you. Doing right God’s way will always produce a better situation for you. He wants what is best for you in every part of your life.

 

Take a Jesus Break!

A few weeks ago, after sitting at my desk for days on end, for long hours, chasing an important writing deadline I felt like I just couldn’t write any more. I decided to walk out in my back yard to take a break. When I got out there, the outside felt so free, with no pressures from Corporate America that I threw my hands in the air and gave our Jesus a shout of praise. I asked Him to bring His glory down.

I stayed out there and prayed for about 15 minutes. Wow, how refreshing to call on the presence of our Lord to relieve the daunting pressure of work deadlines. When I returned to my desk, my mind and heart felt clear and renewed.

Next time you feel bogged down at work, try taking a 15 minute Jesus break. He so longs for you to feel close to Him. Some time with Him will renew your heart and mind!

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