Whose plans are you working on? What is the purpose of what you are doing? When you have questions like this and others about your life the best place to turn is to Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. He knows what is best for you and He loves you. Ask the Lord to guide and direct you and then pay attention and listen for His reply. Amen.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.”
(This photo was taken in July of 2019 at a lake in northwestern Wisconsin)
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.“
(This photo was taken in March of 2018 in White Sands National Park in New Mexico)
Each day we live means God is still working on us. He knows the number of our days and He is with us for each and every one of them. It is up to us to seek Him…to acknowledge Him and His Presence…we have the task of learning, growing and sharing as we go…it doesn’t have to be perfect and it never will be. God tells us we are His work in progress and if we live our lives trusting and believing and spending time with Him good things will come. Amen.
God’s Not Done With You by Tauren Wells
“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
(This photo was taken in August of 2016 at Sapphire Point near Dillon, Colorado)
None of us knows the time we have and yet we easily take it for granted. The people in our lives and our relationships with them will end up meaning more than anything else in this world. As each generation lives through the phases of life, we all have different experiences and opportunities to share with each other. We eventually will get the opportunity to share with the next generation and that is what we truly will leave behind when we go home to the Lord. If you are thinking about your time, turn towards Jesus in prayer and ask Him to guide you to living your life more closely aligned to God’s plan. May the peace and joy of the Lord be with you. Amen.
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
(This photo was taken last weekend at a lake place in northwestern Wisconsin)
What is it? When was the last time you asked Him, directly? What would it look like to get a direct answer? Or has this question been answered, several times, several ways and we just are not sure or we don’t like what is being said? We were all made for a purpose and it is not always the purpose we think it should be…it actually is something better then what we come up with on our own. To help us understand more about our purpose we should reflect and think about the things that come easy to us that we can do that another person may not be able to do for themselves. Look around your life right where you are…if you are willing, God can use you there too. Seek the will of the Lord for your life because He is with you every step of the way. Amen.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10
(This photo was taken in August of 2016 in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington)
Each morning brings a new day. New opportunity, new interactions, a new hope, new joy. The place we have the most impact in our life is Today. The present moments…we cannot change yesterday or worry endlessly about tomorrow, it is Today that we can make a difference in our thoughts, our actions and with our words. What does God ask of us today? Do your best…be the best version of yourself God created you to be, that’s what you can do. If you are unsure about it, pray to God that He will guide you and show you the way to go. There is a phrase that keeps coming back to me ever since my Dad passed away, it is simply this…Do you best and let God take care of the rest! I pray we seek God’s will for our lives and offer ourselves to Him and His mercy and grace. Amen.
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
(This photo was taken in July of 2016 in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming)
Our Lord and our Savior is always with us. When we are with family and friends or when we are alone…when we are busy at work or focused on a certain task and when we are sitting peacefully…when we are driving or riding in a car or out for a walk…no matter what time, what place, what activity…our God has assured us He is with us. I am reminded this morning what an amazing and awesome promise this is and how frequently we don’t trust it or believe it or just don’t think about it in our daily lives. Take a moment and think about what is your plan for the day or where are you needed today, no matter what it is, whoever you are with or wherever you go…God will be with you…look for Him, look for where He shows up today. You will see, if you trust and believe. I pray that God will open the eyes of our hearts in all we do. Amen.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
(This photo was taken in June of 2013 at Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs)
We can’t keep running at top speed in our minds or in our daily lives. We must plan down time. To fill every moment with activity and planning and scheduling will lead to exhaustion. Mental exhaustion, physical exhaustion and spiritual exhaustion. We all need time to recharge, to be restored and renewed. When Jesus was here on earth He often would go off alone to pray. Before feeding the five thousand He told the disciples…“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31) In order to be at our best we need to plan time to rest and that means resting our minds as well as our bodies. If you are someone who always has to be busy, plan some quiet time in small increments to get started. We all should pray about it as that time in prayer can be restful too. May the love, joy and peace of the Lord be with you.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
(This photo was taken in August of 2016 near Arches National Park in Utah)
He calls us…He is speaking to us in a variety of ways…He knows the mistakes we have made…He forgives us…He lifts us up…He loves us. In all that comes at us on a daily basis in today’s world we are bound to mess up. Whether we are trying to do too many things for too long or trying to control the outcome of events, we were not made to do things this way. We have been given the gift of God’s grace…we don’t deserve it, we can’t earn it. He gives it to us freely, it is up to us to turn to Him, to praise Him, to seek His guidance and know that He will carry us through anything in this life. “Not to us, O Lord not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” (Psalm 115:1) God is our Creator and He loves us unconditionally, He wants us to have good things, take your burdens to Him. May you know God’s grace and mercy in your life.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7
(This photo was taken in July of 2018 at a park in New Hope, Minnesota)