Superhero

Quick…who is your favorite super hero? Batman? Spiderman? She-Ra? Superman? Wonder Woman? Okay, how much are you like that super hero? Or even better, how much would you like to be like that super hero character?

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On our best days, we might be able to tackle every item on our to do lists, help resolve a passionate disagreement between loved ones, or productively power through a full day of work. On our not so good days, we may barely be able to tend to our needs much less those of someone else.

The good news is, on our not so good days we can rely on the strength of someone who is far greater than any super hero. Maybe today you can take off your finite super hero cape and rest comfortably knowing that God’s grace is all you need and His power works best in weakness.

For Meditation: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬a‬

Time

What time is it? Well, not the literal time, your relationship time. Is there a relationship that has been weighing heavily on your heart and mind? Ask yourself the question, What time is it?

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Is it time to love, time to pursue, or maybe time to let go. Take some time to reflect, pray, or even seek the counsel of a trusted person.

For Meditation: “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1‬

Waiting

Waiting can be hard! Not like waiting on a line or waiting on a bus. But waiting for God to work on your behalf.

Sand Time
We trust His words, try to ensure our faith is a tad bit more than that mustard seed, and give thanks with a grateful heart. But waiting…well waiting patiently can really test your patience. He knows, He knows, He knows. So while you are yet waiting, praying, and giving thanks, do meditate on these two verses.

For Meditation:

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:10‬

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31

Slow Down and Show Some Love!

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Slow down a little!

Slow Down

We all are busy. Considering children, spouses, work, and extra curricular activities, we are constantly on the move with little time to spare.
Running on empty or near empty however, leaves us ineffective in our close relationships. Furthermore, we probably can’t even share the love of Christ with others, (our neighbors), when we are too busy doing life.

Remember God intended for us to be in relationship with Him and with others. Paul reminds us that God already has good things planned for us to do. Be intentional today. Slow down, look around, observe, and embrace opportunities to demonstrate love to someone.

For Meditation: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10

Be Accountable

Accountability is an important component of any successful relationship. It is a benefit to have someone who is willing to journey with you. Someone you can confide in. Someone with whom you can be transparent. Someone who can hold you accountable. Someone who will keep you on track.

Biblical accounts inform us that David had his best friend Jonathan. Ruth had her mother-in-law Naomi.

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Soooo, who is your partner? Your battle buddy?

Do ensure your accountability partner is trustworthy, compassionate, and honest. Go ahead, build your community so you can stay the course until the end.

Plan B

For years I had a plan B. Even when I decided to walk away from my self prescribed path I still had a plan B, and C, and D, and so forth. I found myself perpetually thinking things through. Going over the various scenarios, looking back from where I came, and looking for ways to rejoin the group should my surrender to God plan fail. Thank God He continued to be merciful and patient with me.

Total Surrender means letting go of your Plan B. Because keeping a backup plan means you are expecting God to fail. You are not confident in His plan, His doing, and you are ready to step in and take control when God messes up.

God has us covered. He knows what we need and when we need it. We are so precious to Him.

Plan B

Reflection
1. Do you have a plan B?
2. What would you lose if you surrendered your plan B to God? What would you gain?

Meditation
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:6-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Prayer
Lord help us to relinquish control and trust completely in You. Amen.

Why I Resigned From Being God’s Project Manager

I’m a planner….a serious and dedicated planner.
I planned the birth of my first child. I planned my role on the PTA before that child was born. I planned my career path. I planned my type of husband. I planned where I would live. (Hey, go hard or go home! Right?)

Fortunately, none of these events unfolded the way I planned. My first child was scheduled for five years after I got married. She was born the year after I was married. My husband’s daily life is not what I anticipated. I have lived in some interesting places, and on and on. If my life unfolded the way I planned, I would miss/lose sooo much. It took many years of my planning however, to come to this conclusion.

Instead, while dealing with the periodic deviations to my plans, I questioned God. I wondered if He loved me. I wondered if He heard my prayers. I wondered if I should even keep praying. At times I felt upset, discouraged, and helpless. Thankfully, I discovered that when I stopped focusing on myself (i.e. why not me, why not now, why aren’t things progressing according to my plans), and instead focused on God, things made sense, life was worth living, I felt better, and I experienced joy and peace.

You see, I believe in the sovereignty of God. That is, God is in control and rules over all things; that nothing happens without his permission, His authority. My beliefs and my actions however, were not in sync. You see, not only was I a planner, I also appointed myself as God’s helper, his project manager for my life. God was (and still is), sovereign but in my actions I decided that God needed help in fulfilling my life timeline. Yes, I know, a tad presumptuous. (Clearly God is merciful…y’all keep praying for me 😀). So I finally decided to resign my self appointment and surrender my plans in light of God’s plans. I finally believed and trusted that I am God’s masterpiece and that He has good things planned for me (Ephesians 2:10)

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Today, standing in a place of repentance, reflection, prayer, joy, and peace, here are three things I learned.

(1) In my obsessive planning and subsequent disappointment, questioning, and depressive state, I was denying the sovereignty of God.

(2) God will wait for you to come to yourself and return to the path where He is the leader, (picture a tour guide leading a group).

(3) He really has this (my life, your life, this world), all figured out.

Prayer: Today, I encourage you to trust God. Trust that He loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). Trust that he really has good plans for you, plans for a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Trust that He knows you (Psalm 139:1). Trust that everything in your life will work together for good (Romans 8:28). Lastly, maybe today you can take a break from planning your life. Stop trying to control it all. Maybe today you can let God be God in your life. Friends, today let’s be still and reflect on the fact that He is God (Psalm 46:10a). And when you have reflected and meditated on His promises try to move to a place of thanksgiving and worship (Psalm 136).

Lord, help us to trust you and to believe that you love us and take delight in us. Today, we surrender our lives to you. We thank you for your everlasting love.