The Grand Design

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For the joy that was set before Him he endured the cross. Hebrews 12:2b

He knows! There are approximately 7 billion people on our planet. Not only that there are 100’s of billions of stars in our galaxy. God knows everyone by name. He knows their origin, their history and best of all their future.

He has it all laid out in a nice neat plan. Think about that for a minute and let it soak in. 7 billion people, 100’s of billions of stars and everything else he created on this earth that God is responsible for…

And here we are complaining about how busy we are… Or at least I do. Kids, house, husband, work, I get overwhelmed so easily. But God never does.

It’s good for us to suffer a little bit on our way to our joy. Usually we are so excited for the next big thing to happen, so we can post it to Facebook for everyone to see, but we often forget about the journey it took to get there.

The cross is a perfect reminder of the journey of Jesus. He knew His death would bring victory. He suffered the most gruesome, painful and humiliating end, so we could live on, free from sin and knowing a love that only a savior could provide.

The journey to the cross was one of pain and shame, but not for Jesus. He knew what was going to happen, its pain and shame for us until we admit His sacrifice was for us!

Be set free, let it go, let it rise! It’s the reason God built that cross and let His son hang, beaten and bloody for all to see. But it’s also the reason for the miraculous resurrection

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All that pain, all that blood, all that shame washed away when Jesus showed His life wasn’t His own.

What will happen when we let go of this life and let God take over? He knows as I stated earlier. He has a plan. Let God’s grand design be the rays of sun for someone who is lost today.

Let’s Pray:
Thank you Jesus for this life that I am living today. I am a new person in you. My ray of sun was dimmed by cloud of doubt and shame until I let you in. Let the light of each lady here tonight shine for their family, their co-workers, their friends and every person that walks along side of them. Thank you for each of them lord. In your holy name, Amen!

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Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  (13) Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.  (14) I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

I was just thinking about this, because sometimes I feel like if I read the right book or if I finally find that perfect verse I will have this huge epiphany and all will be right in m y world. But that is not how Jesus wants us to gain access into his Kingdom.  It has to be sought after and worked for or it doesn’t mean anything to us.  Like the child with to many toys, the ones he just opened for Christmas are tossed aside when the next one comes.

Our salvation and entrance into the kingdom of heaven is not going to be served to us on a silver platter because we know our bible verses.  Paul says he is straining toward what is ahead, not smooth sailing toward what is ahead.  I think we need to be excited about what is ahead, but not expect it’s going to be easily obtained.

Our goals should be aligned with Paul’s, are yours?  I know I have a bad habit of worrying about what will happen next instead of anticipating what God has in store for me next.  Trust is what God and Jesus are all about.  If you don’t have faith you don’t have anything.  My prayer for you today is faith in what God has in store for you life.

The view from here today is spectacular.  The sun is just beginning to rise over the Beltrami State Forest.  The Jackpines are standing at attention while a pink and orange hue dances around the tips of their tops.

Have a blessed day!

Rainy day blog

 

So last night was so fun!  Ben my oldest son had a 4-H meeting.  The car was unavailable so we had to drive Mitch’s truck to it.  Generally speaking I don’t like driving the truck.  It’s huge, it’s dirty, and it’s full of tools and crap that he just keeps sticking in there for lack of a better storage place.  But it has it’s advantages too.  It has air conditioning, it has a CD player and when you rev the engine it sounds pretty cool!  So we are on our way and I push the play button on the CD player.  Def Leopard Greatest Hits starts to play and before I know it we are rocking down the road and having a blast!  All three kids are rockin’ out and loving the music.  On the way home when I hit the dirt road I revved up the engine with the music blaring and I felt like I was back in high school.  It was pretty fun!

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Dirt Road Anthem anyone?

I saw this sign on Facebook of course,

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I saw this sign on Facebook of course, I am sure it’s been everywhere, but this year in Minnesota it’s the honest to God truth!  We came back from a little vacation in Las Vegas and my kids have been feeding the mosquitos very well!  My little pumpkin looks like she has contracted the chicken pox, poor thing.

We always seem to have the worst mosquitos where I live.  It’s deep in the woods and extremely humid here.  There is lots of grass and of course delicate new skin from the kids to feed on.  They love that.  They don’t bother me as much, probably because I am just used to them or my skin is old and leathery and difficult for them to chew through.  Who knows.  I just wish they would let up a little.  It’s making it impossible to go to the lake.  Not to mention we will have to take out a small loan soon to pay for Cortizone and repellent.  Have a bug free day!

Psalm 16:11

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

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I read this and it stopped me.  I feel like we forget sometimes that all we have to do is surrender and what is God’s is ours.  The old adage, “Stop and smell the roses” pops into my head for some reason.  It’s like He is always right there, but we let life and other things get in the way.  Reach out and touch some joy today!

Trials of the day

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Ok so I usually count myself as a fairly impatient person.  However I spent the better half of the afternoon trying to figure out how to “borrow” books from the library on my E-Reader.   Man either I have been away from computer stuff for too long or it is way to difficult to borrow a book from the library on an electronic device.  I figured it out though.  After downloading a program and then uninstalling it, because I accidentally hit a wrong button only to reinstall it again in a matter of minutes.  Then I found the correct button.  Wow!  Needless to say I am stressed out now and feel like I am back at work trying to figure out a problem.  Off to grab a cup of strong coffee!  Now that I have unlimited access to thousands of books I am going to need my caffeine fix!

More snow and no Spring in sight!

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UGH!  We just started to see some dirt and grass and now look what we wake up to.  The poor birds coming from the south are certainly going to head back that way when they see what’s in store for them.  Oh Man!

Joyce Meyer’s Reduce me to Love

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I am reading Joyce’s book about a love walk and I came to a verse that really struck me.  I thought I would share it.

Psalm 37:5

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Lay it all out for Him and then let it be.  He sees fit for what your life should be.  We of course have free will and may choose to go our own way, yet if we lay it down for Him to take over He will certainly lead us where we are supposed to go!

 

My lesson for today

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I have been struggling with patience and it is really getting to me.  I can’t seem to hold anything in and everything is making me irritated.  I am reading “Reduce me to Love” by Joyce Meyers.  I have a couple of paragraphs to share that really hit me today.

Love is patient.  It is not in a hurry.  It always takes time to wait on God, to fellowship with Him. 
 
A person whose life is marked by love is patient with people.  He is even patient with himself, with his own frailties and weaknesses.  He is also kind.  He takes the time to listen to the elderly person who is lonely and wants to talk.  He is willing to listen to the same story four or five times just to show kindness.
 
The patient person is long-suffering.  He can put up with something uncomfortable for a long period of time without complaining.  He has the power to endure whatever comes with good temper. 

Wow.  Without complaining.  That is the kicker right?  We can be patient on the outside all we want to, but when we turn around and complain to whomever will listen it negates the entire patient moment we may have.  Bummer!  Called me on that one!