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Sunday, 4 February 2018

God has good things in store for you

I don't know about you... but I believe in a God who has good things for us.
But hold on.
My life doesn't always look like a picture perfect world that oozes blessings and joy. In fact it looks messy, turbulent... up and then down within a matter of one week to the next. The greatest blessings intertwined with the lowest of lows. Isn't that what all of our lives feel like?

Even still.
I believe in a God who has good things for me.
Psalm 31:19
How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.

You see, what you and I need to learn to trust and to meditate our hearts on, is that God knows the bigger picture of our lives. He sees yesterday and He sees today, but He also sees tomorrow and next week and next year, and our final days (I would love Him to let me in on a few spoilers).

Where Gods view is of every detail, even our view of yesterday is not wholly reliable, as we so easily forget and end up filling in the blanks around the moments we perceived as significant.
We cannot trust our view of our past to be fact, particularly long past memories that fade and distort over time. So when we look at our today, it is no surprise that we so often look through eyes of fear. We cannot see what God is doing in our sometimes painful circumstances, and we cannot see that He will come through for us, because we have forgotten that He came through before time and time again.
So often our brains are wired to remember the pain we have felt in our lives. The moments that were less than perfect or ideal. The moments that we felt used, belittled, unseen or unwanted, and we forget the moments of joy in between were God restored and rebuilt and blessed us so greatly.

I want to be someone who remembers what God has done for me. Who takes time to dwell on how it felt to be blessed by a God who sees me, knows me, cares for me and has GOOD things in store for me. I want to remember when I can only see my past through the fog of my memories, and when I cannot see my future at all, that God has come through time and time again. That He can be trusted. That His promises ARE true and can be relied on.
I have no idea what tomorrow is going to put in front of me. I can't imagine the pain or the joy that next year might bring to my family. And that unknown is frightening.
But it doesn't have to be.
If you and I can train our hearts to know of the reliability of our Father and His heart for us, then we can face tomorrow and our futures without fear just like the Proverbs 31 woman. We can be bold and courageous in the face of adversity, and we can be more than a conquerors through Christ.

I just want to encourage you if you are reading this... to write down your blessings. Make a blessing jar and daily write one thing to put in the jar, and then when you are struggling to remember that God is for you and not against you, read those blessings and remind your heart that GOD IS GOOD and He is WITH YOU.

Blessings to all of you.
x x x

PS.. my blessing today is a week of sleep for the first time in about a year :) And the energy to really enjoy my beautiful daughter!