So I haven't blogged in a couple days because I have been on a little adventure. I'll tell you more about it in a couple days, but for now, I will say my heart is happy. Of course, this adventure didn't keep me from my February Quests!
Flossing and Exercising
These past three days, I have flossed and exercised. Friday I ran on the treadmill and finished Week 1 - Day 3 of my C25K program. Saturday I was busy with my latest adventure, so I got some exercise with a little walking and taking the stairs. Today, the weather was so beautiful, I enjoyed a brisk walk outside with Mom. It was so nice to get to enjoy my exercise time with her! We had a great chat while we completed several laps around a very nice track.
We heard a wonderful sermon this morning from a very passionate pastor. He truly lives his life to serve the Lord. I took a page full of notes this morning so I wouldn't forget all the great words he shared with us in his message. Hopefully when his church posts it to their website, I will be able to link it to my blog and share more of what I gained from that church service today.
This morning the pastor shared with us that God's Plan is Plan A. There isn't a Plan B. Sometimes Plan A is adjusted, but we are still on Plan A. Isn't that a clear picture of Who is in charge? There is no Plan B, because we don't need another plan, we just need God's Plan for our lives.
Tonight I want to share with you a few of my favorite verses in the Bible. I claim them for my life verses. I truly love that the Lord said these words. I love what they mean. I love the feelings they evoke in me. I just love these verses.
"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. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord. ~Jeremiah 29:11-14a
There are several reasons this passage means so much to me. First of all, the Lord lets us know He has plans for our lives. I spend so much time worrying and wondering about the future. I even waste a lot of time planning for the future.
I'm not talking about necessary plans where I need to make decisions to move forward in life. I'm talking about all those plans I make regarding areas in which I know I have no control, and yet, I continue to think about it and make plans for how I think life should play out.
It's silly and unproductive, but there are times I continue to do it. These are the times I find myself anxious and frustrated. Thankfully, when I begin to focus on these verses and allow myself to be reminded of Who is really in control, I can feel the peace and comfort I seek.
God promises He will not only make the plans for our lives, but that these plans are for our good. They aren't plans that will hurt us. No, instead they actually will help us. We can have hope, because God promises us a future.
These verses may be ones you have heard or seen many times. It seems like the first part of these verses show up on anything from coffee mugs to wall plaques. I've seen it many many times myself. But it's the second half of these verses that I really love.
After God declares these beautiful promises, He remind us that He is always there for us, all we have to do is call out to Him. Pray to Him. He just wants us to talk to Him. He's ready to listen. If we cry out to Him, He will listen. I know because He says He will.
The next part are some of the sweetest verses to me. The Lord says, if you seek me...if you reach out to me...you will find me, if you do it with all your heart. If your heart is really involved. If you are truly seeking the Lord in your life. You will find Him. He will be there.
"I will be found by you, declares the Lord."
The Lord is there waiting....with the plan already in place. Plan A.
What a comfort to know that I can just rely on Plan A. I don't need a Plan B. I can just call on the Lord to take care of the worries. He will. I can pour out my heart to Him...as a matter of fact, He would prefer that I do pour out my heart to Him. Then He will listen to me. I will look for God to take care of me, and when I do, He will be there.
I will find Him. Just Waiting. With Plan A already in place. That...is love.