Thursday, March 13, 2008

God's Purpose Prevails

If you haven't been on my blog in a few days, I would recommend reading "It's been a while..." and WAIT before reading on.

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.
Proverbs 19:21

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.

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...


MaryLu said...

I believe this was the most encouraging post of all. BEar and I have been trying to sort out things in his walk into the Chaplain ministry. Lots of details but mainly, endorsing agents and ordaining bodies. We thought we had it worked out and now we are still undecided. Or rather, God has not flashed us a neon sign yet. I know that He will direct our steps, He always has and I trust in that.
Thank you for the encouraging scripture today.

Meredith said...

I am so glad your husband shared that passage with you! You have truly been a blessing to me. I honestly don't believe we would be where we are in this chaplaincy path if it weren't for your being there and willing to share your heart, prayers, and "www." shoulder with me all those months ago. You were a stabilizing force in a very uncertain time for me and God used you mightily then. I know He will continue to as long as you are willing!