We all love having plans. Plans with friends, plans to travel, plans for future accomplishments, etc.
This past weekend I had the privilege of going to my cousin’s bridal shower. In May I will get to be involved in her special day. We all love having moments like this in our lives.
Recently I was thinking back on all of the great plans I’ve gotten to live out and I realized that I could have missed out on so much if I had allowed myself to give in to the voices telling me to end it all back in 2013. I wouldn’t have traveled to Northern Ireland, Florida, or Minnesota. I wouldn’t have been there when my sister got engaged or married. I would have missed my brother preaching for the first time, and going swing dancing during my last semester of college. I wouldn’t have won the 48 hour film festival or found out I could graduate with a 3.7 GPA. None of these were things I planned on. I thought there was nothing left, and I was nothing. These were all things that God had planned out for me. Wonderful happy experiences planned out for me to enjoy that I could have missed if I hadn’t held on.
If you are feeling like its not worth holding on today, think of all the plans God has for wonderful memories in your future that you want to make it to. You don’t know what they are yet, but I bet He is excited for you to experience them all. Hold on. God has plans for you that you will love. If you tell Him why you don’t want to, He’ll show you why you should.
This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. – Jeremiah 29:10-12
The future can be a scary looking beast. Over my last year in school I would often find myself wondering if small insignificant I would be able to get a job after all the chaos of school was over. It seemed like an impossibility. I was a tiny little row boat in an stormy ocean of financial uncertainty in a waining, but still prevalent, economic recession. Only the best get a second glance. Through that time I prayed that God would PLEASE let something be there for me. Nothing specific, just something to let me know I had been doing the right thing, and that He did have a plan for me. Something that had meaning.
About a month after I got home from school I was approached by my pastor who told me that a new member of our church had been asking him if there was anybody around who does social media and website management because his business is growing and he needs some help in those areas. Thus my first job interview came!
Before hand I must admit that it was rather nerve wracking. Talking to my current coworkers to get my night-before shift covered, trying to find an great interview outfit, finding resources that will help me learn more about the position that I am applying for, etc. It was a little crazy, but God is good, and I made it through. It was a highly unconventional interview as I found that the person talking to me had already decided that he wanted to hire me and this was basically to see how I feel about the idea. Crazy Huh?
So as I was praying a year ago about my fears, pouring my heart out, God was listening and setting things into place to bring me this job.
A part time job that is work from home, pays over 300% more hourly than I make at my current job, has the potential for growth, and a God fearing boss who is expanding so that he can give 50% of profits to ministry.
All through college when I was afraid of my future I asked God to make everything okay, and every time I did, He showed me in little ways that He was listening, and answering my prayers. Now that I am out of school, He is preparing my way for me in bigger ways than I could have imagined.
Praying and having confidence in God is powerful. Never think that God isn’t listening to you. He is, and He is looking out for you. Maybe you won’t get everything for ask for. I know I haven’t thus far, but when God says no, ask Him why, and take the answers He gives you. Everything will be okay. Better even, because His plans are far greater than ours.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Hello All! Today I was proactive and went out to take photos for my portfolio, as well as simple practice. I probably took around 200 photos, and for all of my effort, at best 10% are what I really wanted them to be. Nevertheless, I learned something today about the skill and I’ve got some really nice shots to call my own forever! Sometimes the wisest way to push through our anxieties, by doing what we are afraid we cannot do. Don’t worry about tomorrow; give today to God, improve what you can today, and then enjoy yourself!
Rest well in Him,
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-8