#write31days – Day 24

imageThe connection between knowing and believing can seem so elusive at times… what I often refer to as the head-heart connection.  It doesn’t work…not for me anyway…to only have knowledge.  

It’s fairly easy to refer to scripture or post-it notes or daily Devotionals for reassurance, don’t you think?  It’s the putting into practice that can often be the real challenge.  Let’s look at Jeremiah 29:11

“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.”

Now, if you asked me what I thought about that verse before mid-March 2014, I would emphatically agree with scripture saying, “why yes!  of course! I believe it with my whole heart!” Well…maybe not.  Maybe I wanted to believe it with my whole heart, my head rationalized the scripture to be true, but when push comes to shove, actions reveal what we really believe.

When God whispered “go” in early to mid-February, apparently I wasn’t 100% convinced it was Him and not me.  On sooooo many levels it would be easier to cut bait & run, but as I’ve mentioned before, I struggle with a pride issue: I don’t quit – and certainly not before I feel good about it…in other words, I like things on my terms.

Thankfully, we serve a mighty God who is merciful & gracious – a God so loving to teach us He is trustworthy and faithful.  Yes, it took me a few weeks of His reassurances and really pressing into Him to make the connection between knowing and believing 

  • YES! God has a plan for me
  • YES! His plan includes prosperity
  • YES! His plan will give me hope
  • YES! His plan provides a future

I didn’t have a clue what the future looked like, but God reminded me of His faithfulness to ALWAYS provide for my needs…for the many times I was laid off due to economic circumstances, my family never went without and a job ALWAYS came along before the bank account went dry. So why should I question Him now?  I shouldn’t. I needed to trust Him…and that’s exactly what I did.

Do I get it right and trust completely the first go round? Ehhh….not so much, but I’m learning.

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Matters of the Heart – Part 2

Last summer I wrote about duct tape…. I discovered the only way to open myself to others was to completely open myself to God. I had to hand over my sticky plaque-filled heart and let Him do what He does best: Love me, clean away the plaque of life’s hurts and get out there to do what He called us all to do – love others.

We all know heartache comes…and yet we rarely expect it when it does – maybe that’s how you know you’ve completely given your heart to someone or something….

Perhaps the test is to decide what to do with your heart when it feels like it’s been through a meat grinder:

Do you pull out the duct tape and try to piece it back together on your own? OR

Do you call on God and allow Him to provide true healing?

My vote goes to the latter…

God assures us He works ALL things together for good (Rom 8:28) – even heartache….

God assures us He has a plan for our lives…plans to prosper us and not harm us – plans to give us hope and a future (Jer 29:11)

During any transition, we’re reminded not to focus on the circumstance and instead be thankful! He has the pruning shears out – growing us in ways we may not see today, but HE SEES – He knows the harvest to come!

“God looks forward to blessing us every day. Live expectantly.”