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Plans

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   (KJV)

God thinks about you and me. Just as you think about the people in your life, your children, your parents, your friends, your extended family. But God doesn’t wonder what you are up to. He knows. He sees.

God has plans for us, not just humankind in general, but for each and every one of us in particular. He has a vision for our lives – how we will live, what we will do, how it will all turn out.

If we can catch that vision and cooperate with it, our lives will be the best they can possibly be. Seeing God’s vision for our lives can help us to cooperate with his plans and keep us from spending time and energy questing blindly among what seem to be endless options.

It’s easy to say “catch the vision”. But exactly how do we do this?

  • Spend time with Him, quiet time. Listen as much as you talk.
  • Read the Word, letting it sink into your heart and mind.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you what He would have you know.
  • Pray for wisdom and discernment.

The more you hear His voice, the easier it will be to distinguish it from all the other voices in your life and in your head.

Father, God,

Help us to catch your vision for our lives. Grant that we may listen carefully for the promptings of your Holy Spirit and move in obedience to those promptings.

In Jesus’ most precious name.

Amen.

Walking with God

Ephesians 4:1 -3   I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

But I don’t have a real calling, you say.  Ah, but you do. Whether you are a housewife who seldom leaves the home or a business person who is out and about all the time, you have a vocation, a calling. Your calling is what you do all day.

God didn’t put you where you are without a reason. He has a plan for your life. You may be only vaguely aware of  any plan, but He has it in hand.  There are many parts to this plan. You have no idea how many people are watching you, what you do, how you handle adversity, how you reflect God’s will.

So in everything we do, we should put our all into the work, just as if we were doing it directly for the Lord.  In fact, we are doing it for the Lord. If someone else benefits, that’s just gravy.

Father, God,

Help us to remember that all we think or do or say is thought or done or said for You. Help us to keep our thoughts pure, our conversation edifying, and our deeds beneficial for the kingdom.

In Jesus’ most precious name.

Amen.