My precious husband had me read this scripture last night after reading the many comments I've received on my blog lately. Colossians 2:2 (Paul speaking):
My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
He then went on to tell me that he believes my blog is a huge, important ministry that the Lord has given me. Receiving all the comments I have in the last few days has opened my eyes to see that, and I can honestly say I'm thankful for what I've been going through if it means that God is glorified and others are blessed.
My husband also told me to read 1 Kings 17 today, so I spent a good part of my morning studying and finding much application to where I am in my life right now. I won't really elaborate on it today, except to say that if you are struggling and need the Lord to show you more of who He is and how much you can trust Him, go to 1 Kings 17 and study it. (If you don't have a bible let me know!!)
I later came across this scripture that somehow tied it all together for me:
Many are the plans in a man's heart,
but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
Of course, there are many other scriptures that talk about God knowing the plans He has for us and so forth, but I thought about this scripture and how often I've tried to make my own plans, and in the end only found them to be shallow, empty or completely frustrating when I didn't follow God's lead. Long before we actually came into the Army, I told the Lord I was willing to give up anything and everything to follow Him with my husband because I knew this was His will for our lives. The same holds true today! I know God has me in this season of my life to grow, to learn and to trust Him and love Him with every part of my being. I know God is faithful; I know He leads and guides us, and I know His purpose will prevail. I want all my thoughts, my plans, my dreams, my desires, EVERYTHING, to be His and His alone.
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have been praying for me. I can not tell you how moved I am by your love and encouragement. What a blessing you are to my life. I also want to thank my husband for his love, encouragement and guidance. Babe - you never cease to amaze me. Thank you for sharing this life with me. No matter what I am going through you are always there for me, helping me to lean on the Lord, all the while lending your shoulder to cry on. Your love and devotion to me are unwavering. I love you more...