December 13, 2014

It was the Lord's GOOD Plan

It was the Lord's GOOD plan to crush Him.  Isaiah 53:10

This was HIS idea!?!?!?!?!?  From MY vantage point the suffering, the torment, the torture, the agony, the LONELINESS and ABANDONMENT He must have felt doesn't look like the hand of God.  Not the God *I* know.....
This is not how a GOOD plan is carried out.
I belong to the One who's VANTAGE point is GREATER than my own.  
In my limited knowledge.  My limited reasoning.  In the weakness of my flesh I am easily tempted to throw in the towel, give up the fight when things aren't going as planned.
As *I* planned them to go, anyway.  


Battleworn we feel that things couldn't possibly be working in OUR favor.  Not from the way things look NOW......  

It *LOOKS* like the devil won this round.
Everything was going according to plan. 
Beaten, bruised, hanging on that cross.
Satan took His life....and the HOPE of anyone who believed.
That's not how this was supposed to go.


The *GOOD* plan the Father had in mind wasn't the suffering.....it was the JOY set before Him.
The redemption of ALL MANKIND.
He had something in mind far GREATER than what we could perceive in that moment alone.

You can resign to what IS and QUIT.
You can throw in the towel and go home.
OR you can TRUST......


Gal. 4:4 But when the **fullness of time had come**, God sent forth his Son.....
It was His plan all along.
There were things that had to take place before Jesus could come.

........and things that had to take place before Jesus could rescue the world.

To Him? 
Things are going according to plan.
God is GOD......

He could SPEAK it....and cause things to be.
But there is an ORDER to things.
There is an unfolding.
There are things transpiring all leading up to ONE moment.
To US?
The order of events might not look favorable.
The timing is not what we would have preferred.
The methods not of our choosing.
But there is a season for EVERY purpose under heaven.
That season brings FORTH a PROMISE.
and He is FAITHFUL.
There may be things transpiring in Heavenly places that we cannot know of........
*WAIT for it*

As long as there is MORNING-----there is HOPE.





He didn't leave them without Hope. 
That there was a greater plan. A greater purpose. 
Nobody takes His life. HE GAVE it.
and in the *FULLNESS OF TIME*
HE HAD THE LAST WORD.


it doesn't MATTER what it looks like.

How hopeless.
There is One GREATER who ALWAYS HAS THE LAST WORD.

He has a GOOD plan....a HOPE and a FUTURE for you.

Stick around and wait for it.  The unfolding.  

Miracles have a way of riding in to save the day just as He planned. ♡



December 5, 2014

We Only Get to Be Grateful

We don't GET to complain! 
Those words echo in my mind as I think about the few days surrounding my husband's death.  My world spinning, my head in a fog.....a formidable "WHAT NOW" looming over me.  
THIS. IS. NOT. HOW THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO GO.

I don't know when it hit me.  That entire day is a blur except for those specific moments God pushed himself through the darkness and spoke to me.  PERSONALLY.  INTIMATELY.

"We don't get to complain.  We only get to be grateful for the time we had with him."

Before you judge my process of grieving or my line of thinking.......

it was a revelation of GINORMOUS proportions to me.  It arrested my grief in that moment as I thought, "We only get to be grateful."

What a gift of GRACE.  
That wasn't the only tangible evidence of God's presence I had that day.  It was so vivid.  So real to me.  There was no questioning His PURPOSEFUL revelations that day.
He is SO near to the brokenhearted.  Such a vulnerable place to be.
Stripped.  Bare and Naked......
Blanketed in His Grace.


So often since, I hear those words every time unrest creeps into the depths of my soul.

I don't get to complain.......


Can I TRUST in Sovereignty of God without so much as a hint of reservation?
Can I TRUST a God who isn't OBLIGATED to explain His actions to me?
Can I TRUST that His heart for me is GOOD?
Can I not just be GRATEFUL?  To live a life of GRATITUDE for THIS MOMENT HERE......for the GOODNESS behind me and for ALL the GOOD ahead?

PERSPECTIVE.

Divine perspective.  
Seeing the bigger picture.  
You cannot be both GRATEFUL *and* BITTER.
How often I am driven to list my grievances before God not KNOWING what He is up to!

Not knowing how things are going to play out.  
And how could I possibly turn the tables on His Grace to think that somehow I've been RIPPED off and so has my husband.
When God MORE THAN GENEROUS IN GRACE stepped in when Justin stepped into Heaven.  He KNEW this was coming.....16 years ago when I said, "I DO.....till death."  

In fact He knew from the moment I was born.  Can I not TRUST that His ways are HIGHER?  Can I not just be GRATEFUL for this moment here and all of my tomorrows no matter what they may hold?  There is nothing beyond His reach.  He's working ALL things together for a GRAND and GLORIOUS plan.  I ONLY GET TO BE GRATEFUL.



December 1, 2014

The FULLNESS of God's Timing

Gal. 4:4 But when the **fullness of time had come**, God sent forth his Son.....
It was His plan all along.
There were things that had to take place before Jesus could come.
To Him? 
Things are going according to plan.
God could SPEAK it....and cause things to be.
But there is an ORDER to things.
There is an unfolding.
There are things transpiring all leading up to ONE moment.

To US?
The order of events might not look favorable.

The timing is not what we would have preferred.



The methods not of our choosing.
But there is a season for EVERY purpose under heaven.


That season brings FORTH a PROMISE. 
and He is FAITHFUL.
There may be things transpiring in Heavenly places that we cannot know of........ 





*WAIT for it* 
Miracles have a way of riding in to save the day. 
As long as there is MORNING-----there is HOPE.