He Works In Mysterious Ways

Plans To Give You Hope And A Future


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I saw this catchy sentence on an office decoration at Hallmark today. Our living room, bedroom, and maybe another room or two are filled with a steady dose of daily affirmations.  I usually pass up this one and opt for a Bible verse instead.  However I really was “feeling” this one today.

Much of my life has been a struggle in believing in myself.  That’s my own fault, and I know better.  

I was raised by a loving and encouraging family.  My husband gives me all the support in the world to chase my dreams.  My stepson encourages me with wisdom beyond his 19 years.  I am surrounded by uplifting friends in my daily walk of life.  My personal and professional accomplishments over my 44 years are great blessings, but I wonder sometimes if I deserve them. It’s been quite the struggle.  I’m ready for this struggle with self-confidence to end.

My devotional reading a couple of days ago really spoke to my heart.  God meant for me to read His words at 6:29 a.m. this past Sunday morning as I sat in silence surrounded by the dim light from the rising sun.

“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.” Jeremiah 29:11

How many times have I read those words and not let them truly sink in?  How many times have I thought, “That’s meant for HER future, not mine.” Or, “HE will prosper.  I’m meant to be ordinary.”

As I sat there and let those words envelope my quiet moment, I realized something that I should have known all along.  Those words were meant for ME as well.

I can imagine God letting out a big sigh and shaking His head at me. “Finally, she gets it.”

See, God wants my life to be far from ordinary.  He wants YOUR life to be far from ordinary.  He has given each of us unique and special gifts of the spirit.  My gift is different from yours.  Yours is different from mine.  When we stop comparing our gifts and talents to those of others, we experience such a confident freedom.  My light does not dim yours, and your light does not dim mine.  Same as trying to extinguish your light does not make mine brighter.  When we embrace the fact that God wants EACH of us to LEARN our talents, USE our talents, and CELEBRATE our talents, we experience a joy like no other.

When I started writing this post my intention was to share some exciting projects I’m working on.  That will come in time.  I can say I am thankful but choose to remain grateful and humble.  I am a work in progress, and so are you.  It is most important to me that you take away from this message you are someone AMAZING in the eyes of God.

You are like no other, and you are PERFECT to Him.  


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