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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Plans that Change

Jean Oathout  will share some thoughts about our plans, and God's plans for us.


Have you noticed how many of your plans don't pan out? Have you wondered why that is?

We are supposed to make plans, but many of us are finding that if we want the best to happen, there is something to consider...what God's plan for us might be. (See Prov. 16:9)

We need to ask God: "What do You want to share with me about my plans?"  It may very well give you a bigger perspective, if you do. (See Prov. 19:20; Prov. 3:5, 6)

As the Lord has the over-all picture of your life, He can, and does know what would be best to have happen, which will be to your good, and would bring Him glory at the same time. (See Prov. 19:8)  

When You're living in relationship with God, your
plans will change, but in time, you'll understand.

Our keeping a good attitude and being flexible when our plans change, can help us adjust to changes. Some good questions for us all to ask is: 

       Am I living in the way that God wants me to? 

       When a crisis comes, is how I react pleasing to Him?

Obedience to what the changes may be and trusting God's guidance, shows validation in our faith that He really does know best, as our ways are not His ways. (see Is. 55:8)

 (From my notes of Bill Hull's sermon 6/12/15)

Today’s quote: 

Dr. Charles F. Stanley - "To overcome doubts, spend time in the Word to learn God's principles and ways. Then you'll begin to grasp what He wants to achieve in your life and how He goes about it. Examine your past from a biblical perspective—faith will grow as you see the unexpected ways He's answered your prayers." (Taken from IN TOUCH Daily readings for devoted living  July 2015, p.30)

   Father, I pray that you'll help me 
be determined to read Your Word every
day, so that I can better understand what you want to accomplish in my life.
   When things don't go as I plan, may
I be flexible, so I can accept what turns
out to actually be best for me. 
   May I learn to realize that Your plan for me will bring You glory and be good for me, too.
   I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Are You Settling for a Truce?

By Jill Savage on Jul 20, 2015 
"Mark says: Jill and I heard a story the other day that ended with this line, “They could have known love but they settled for a truce.”
ThinkstockPhotos-78778693Jill says: The moment we heard it, we both looked at each other and said, “Wow, that is a sad statement.” It launched a conversation for us about how too many of us tend to “settle” in our marriage..."

                          The Heart and Soul of Every Man
by Lee Forbes

The heart and soul of every man
Is destined to be free
If he will but deny himself
And give his thoughts to Me

For every action you preform
Is rooted in your mind
So where you choose to place your thoughts
Is how you act in kind

Just like the fruit that Eve did eat
Before it left the tree
Became a strong temptation
Because she chose to see

The beauty that it did contain
Midst leaves of green and gold
While hearkening to what she thought
And not what she was told

And then when she had placed herself
Upon forbidden ground
Her mind was captivated there
By yet another sound 

The voice of one she'd never heard 
Speak from that cursed tree 
Denying all the truth she had 
That first had come from Me 

So step by step from thought to word 
She held what she could see 
And in that moment chose to sin 
And there rejected Me 

And from that time the course was set 
For all humanity 
To give their thoughts to Satan's plan 
Forgetting about Me 

Unless they chose to look upon 
The Lamb my sacrifice 
And give their heart and soul to Me 
A living sacrifice 

And as the thoughts are trained on Christ 
And all that He has done 
Then you will form a character 
Just like the living Son 

Who ministers before My throne 
To save the souls of men 
Who choose to focus on the ways 
That He might live in them 

So courage friend and now depend 
Upon My Word in prayer 
And you will come to know the truth 
Of how much I do care 

And when the time arrives that you 
Must choose your destiny 
You'll choose eternal life because 
You gave your thoughts to me 

(Inspiration taken from Proverbs 23:7)

Lee Forbes
June 13/15

 Today’s Bible verses: Matt. 13:16  "But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear."

1 Peter 5:6 "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time."

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