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It’s about to begin!

She’s going to compete in her first college track meet!

I’m so excited.

And a tiny bit nervous.

To realize how God has walked her through everything to reach this moment.

My mind sifts through the past and my heart is filled with wonder.

When she was 13 months old, she stopped growing.

Babies are not supposed to do that.

So, we embarked on a scary journey of blood tests.

13 month old babies don’t like getting their blood drawn.

Everything came back normal and we discovered the issue was teeth.

She broke eight teeth, four molars and four eye teeth.

Then she went back to growing.

I think of the waiting room at the E.R..

We were waiting to find out if she had burst her spleen in a basketball game.

Then later that same season she busted her knee open, requiring stitches.

The final injury of that traumatic season was a concussion.

The moment in the doctor’s office when I realized I hadn’t handled her injury correctly.

I’d actually placed her in danger.

But, praise God, He held her and she recovered.

There are so many more memories.

One of my favorite is when she was seven.

We were working at the church and she’d noticed the sink full of dishes awaiting a washing.

Without comment, she found a stool.

My husband had walked past on his way to retrieve a needed item and found her busily washing dishes.

It wasn’t a one time thing either.

Sometimes after church service, we’d find her with the sweet lady who tidied up, busily washing dishes.

That same year, I was having a terrible day.

Nothing, was going right.

The house was a wreck, my homeschooling wasn’t a success, and it seems like we were expecting company.

That part of the memory is fuzzy.

What I remember clearly is my emotions, I was on the verge of bursting into tears.

She looked at me for a second or two.

Her dark eyes just reading mine.

Then she went to the hall, grabbed out the broom and went to work on the floors.

She never said a thing.

But I’ve never forgotten what her actions spoke so clearly.

Infact, spoken words have never been her thing.

It’s little wonder God is using her actions (she’s attending school on a track scholarship) to propel her into the future.

I’m so amazed at how God is working in her life today.

He’s brought up this beautiful young woman and is giving her a future and a hope.

I have no idea what to expect from the circumstances.

But I do know what to expect from the Lord.

Whatever His plans are for her,

it will be good!

Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV — For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Spiritual health

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“For I know the plans I have for you;  plans to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11

God’s Word is encouraging, even when it points out sin, even when it shows us our failures.

Why?

Because God, Himself, tells us He is showing us two things at all times: a future and a hope.

How could sin revealed bring a future?

Because when we walk in sin our lives are going to reap the ugly consequences which are tied directly to a sinful life, yet God wants us to choose something better; to turn from sin and reap a future of joy.

How can sin revealed bring us a hope?

Because without the knowledge of sin and the death it brings there would be no way to reach repentance.

To see ourselves for who we really are means understanding our personal need for God, not any god, but the One and only Holy God Almighty, the Creator, our Lord Jesus Christ.

So spiritual health is dependent on our ability to be revealed in truth.

The truth of Scripture gives us hope for change and a blessed future: eternity with Christ.

No hiding, just seek

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“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,  says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11

What joy to read the Creator wants to give us a future!

God is not uncaring, unfeeling, thoughtless or distant.

He’s aware of each of us and wants to give us peace,  a future and a hope.

He goes on.

“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. ” Jer. 29:12-13

It is far more important than we can imagine,
this seeking Him.

Time spent in prayer and listening for Him is valuable.

Like any human relationship it requires time, effort, attention and so it is when walking with the Lord.

He makes it clear,
He wants to have a relationship with us.

He wants to walk with us through the ups and downs of life in a fallen world.

He wants us to follow His laws and His commands because great blessing come from obedience.

Seeking God is rarely easy, for the world and our flesh is always crying out to do what we feel,  grasp for what we can get, live for the moment uncaring of who is hurt or what may come.

Those things lead to broken battered damaged people and lives.

So we must hold fast to the truths of love, obedience,  and seek God each and every day.

No hiding from God,
just seek Him,
today.