No Plan B

In the beginning, God set out to make man in His image.
That’s His original & current plan for you, too.

He hasn’t changed His mind & nothing can stop Him.
There is no Plan B.

  • But when you agree with the enemy of your soul,
    you live fearful & tight-fisted. You don’t have to go there.

What Jesus did & does will keep you on schedule with Plan A for your life.
Just choose agreement & cooperation with The One Who loves you!

Something for Someone

God creates

In The Beginning, God creates the Heavens and the Earth – from Nothing. You and I can’t imagine Nothing. For us, there has always been Something. Scientists claim they’ve figured out how to make Something out of Nothing. However, they need a lot of special equipment to get it done.

God doesn’t need any special equipment. He just says, “Let there be.” And there is!

For instance, He says, “Let there be light.” And suddenly there is … both light and darkness. That is, Day and Night. Day One.

He’s pleased with His work.

On Day Two, His “Let there be” separates Sky from Water.

So far, so good. That’s how He sees it.

On Day Three, He really gets busy with Land and Seas, and Plants and Trees. All come into being at the sound of His voice. And He sees again that it’s all good.

Day Four brings Sun, Moon, and Stars. So far, still good. He’s setting the stage for Romance now, don’t you think?

Day Five comes with Sea Creatures and Winged Birds. All good, of course. But this time, the Lord gives a blessing and instructions to what He has created.

God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” ~ Genesis 1:22

On Day Six He creates Land Animals. Of course, He saves His Best for last. He creates Man and Woman in His Image – to rule over the Fish and the Birds, the Animals and the Creepy Crawlers. And He gives them Plenty to eat.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number;
fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky
and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” ~ Genesis 1:28

Are you beginning to see a pattern here? The Lord blesses us, commands fruitfulness, and expects us to increase. Plus, He gives man dominion over Creation. All of Creation!

To be continued …

The Tenderness of God’s Grace

The Glory of God is that He is Good.
In everything that happens.
Every day. All the time.
He is My Joy.

His arms are waiting to comfort me tenderly when life hurts.
His whispers keep reassuring me when all seems lost.
His tender heart is always listening to mine.
He is My Safe Place.

He never yells at me when I mess up.
Never attacks or criticizes me.
Never blames or shames.
Never leaves me.

Instead He eagerly waits for me.
He encourages me with tender words.
He renews me with His Great Love in Jesus.
He delights in giving me the desires of my heart.

And I want to be just like Him.

 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)

Make Us Like You, Lord

Psalm 51:10 a pure heart

Every day You open us up to Who You are. You hold our attention by Your Spirit. Make us wholehearted today. In every sense that the phrase could be interpreted. You have such Wonderful Plans for us. And we willingly cooperate with You in the process. On Earth as it is in Heaven. In our hearts as it is in Yours. Now. Amen.

A Pure Heart Prayer by King David

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

Double-Minded or Undaunted: Your Choice

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Yesterday, The Lord whispered a Truth in my ear. As only the Holy Spirit can do. No blame. No shame. Just something to work on. Disappointment. Hurt. Fear. I become double-minded. But His desire is that I – that you also – live The Kingdom Life. Undaunted.

Like you, I have a calling. But everything seems to be against me. I know I’m in a battle. A battle I’m losing. Everything is falling apart. Nothing is working. And I’ve run out of ideas. I need help. But I feel totally alone in my struggle.

What Shall I Do with Wisdom?

Like you, my spiritual reflex is to cry out to God. But nothing is changing. So The Lord gently reminds me that I’ve forgotten about my part. It has sneaked up on me unawares.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:5-8)

Believe and Not Doubt

Like you, I must admit that I can’t conjure up an that kind of bold, steadfast belief on my own. Fortunately, everything good thing comes from The Father. A Gift. Just for the asking. But I have to be willing to trade in my negativity. It’s a Divine Exchange:

  • My hurt. My disappointment. My fear.
  • For His Healing. For His Promise. For His Faithfulness.

“So exactly how does this work?” you ask.

luke-11-13Well, it’s the not-so-secret Work of the One and Only Holy Spirit. We acknowledge our need (as soon as He points it out). Then …

  1. Ask.
  2. Receive.
  3. Give Thanks.

We get to be Undaunted because
He Who promised is Faithful.

Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. (Acts 4:29-31)

undaunted-defined[callout]Find more encouragement in Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do by Christine Caine.[/callout]

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