Thursday, August 6, 2015

Don't Miss Point 2 Explained. A Blessing to You

I asked you earlier if you have ever wondered why things have to change.  Well, things have to change because that is the way the LORD set it up.  GOD has always had a plan for us. (Jeremiah 29:11)  HE had a plan for us before we were born. (Jeremiah  1:5).  So a plan for our lives was put in place a long time ago. 
     So what exactly is a plan? A plan is a detailed method for achieving an end. It is a detailed formulation of a program of action. So, to me, this means that GOD decided what would happen first in our lives, what would happen next and so on and so forth.  You know this is so, because you are born; you grew up to become an adult; you grow old to become an elderly person and then you die. (Hebrews 9:27) That is the plan for our lives; that's the general plan. Change is built into the plan because if it were not, you would stay a baby. Now, we don't know the specifics that the LORD has put in place for our lives, but knowing that HE has a plan for us ought to give us, as HIS children, reassurance. We will talk about children in just a minute, but what I have said so far ought to give us a sense of reassurance and help to keep our faith in HIM strong.

Now let's talk about some of the unpleasant things that happen in our lives with regards to change. Now we have to remember, that nothing lasts always. Trouble is just for a while; it doesn't last always. What the old folks used to say is, "This too shall pass." and that's so true.  These words are not found in the Bible, but the meaning is there and  you can draw an inference from 2Corinthians chapter 4 verses 17-18.  So, when we start having trouble in our lives we have to remember not to get stuck on the page where you find troubles, trials and tribulations because we have to remember that's just one page in the plan book of our lives. We have to remember our FATHER, WHO loves us dearly, has put this plan in place and we have to trust HIM and then we have to go resolutely on and we have to not allow ourselves to become disillusioned,  which is easier said than done; I understand that. But in chapter 27 verse 14 in the book of Psalms, we are reminded to "Wait on the LORD." 

You see, we are traveling this road from the cradle to the grave and whatever happens between, depends upon us and upon GOD.  The Bible says in Romans 8:28, "All things work together for good for those that love the LORD." That means that GOD will work things out for us, no matter what our  enemies plan if we keep our faith intact and use what HE has given us to stay in contact  with HIM, prayer. So, what I'm saying is this: no matter what stage we are  in   in our lives, we must never ever forget to pray.

You see, prayer has shepherded me through all of my changes, both good and bad. The good so that I could thank HIM and remain humble and the bad so that I could remain faithful. To further illustrate my point, let me take you for a stroll back down memory lane for a bit. Remember how you felt when that precious baby that you brought home from the hospital said his first word, took his first step, got his first tooth, had his first day of school, etc. Those are all positive "firsts" aren't they? Sure they are! 

 But, what about those other "firsts",  the day that pain invaded your baby's world and rocked you to your soul? The time when you ended up in the emergency room with a fiery hot baby who ended up with strep throat and an ear infection. The time when you had to take that pride and joy of a son or daughter and pack them in an ice bath because his/her fever was so high and you couldn't get it to come down or the time when you walked the floor all night long because the baby was so sick, he couldn't sleep and neither could you. What about the time that you found out that the baby was allergic to the antibiotic that he was given and he broke out in a rash that looked like chickenpox?  These are all times when you had to reach for your praying shoes. Then the baby's fever broke and you were able to put a little T-shirt on his fragile little body and you gingerly placed him in his crib that you had moved right next to your bed. But he was so fretful that you took  your baby and you lay him across your stomach and he slept the rest of the night through.  Remember the relief that you felt when you knelt down in your mind's eye and you gave GOD some praise and thanks.  You utilized prayer. Remember that during that time you only dozed,  because you kept feeling the baby's forehead and you kept kissing his cheeks.  You were so joyful, that you kept thanking the LORD for making your baby well. Now, I said all that to say this: just like we knew and still know how to take care of our babies, so does the LORD when it comes to HIS care of us. Why? We are HIS children just like your baby is yours. The scriptures tell us that if we, being earthly,  know how to give good gifts and take care of our children, how much more does your heavenly FATHER who cares for us. We got our knowledge of how to take care of our children from HIM.  How much more does HE know how to take care of us and yet, we fail to ask. Sometimes, we wring our hands and forget about the avenue of prayer. I am telling you people how important prayer has been in my life, and still is!

So, HE is still making plans for us and that fact ought to keep us going when we get on the page where there are trials,  tribulation and trouble. Knowing that this page is not going to last always because my FATHER, my FRIEND still has plans for me makes me keep going on.

In conclusion, I hope you remember to utilize prayer and make it a part of your everyday life so that when you do have trouble, you don't have to worry about looking for the LORD. HE will know where you are because you have established a fine relationship with HIM. HE will come to see about you if you just call; I know for I have tried HIM.

 I hope that this blog blesses you today, but before I go I want to leave you with this brief poem of mine:
Will remove you from "here" (disillusionment)
And help you to get to "there" (contentment)
One more time,  the LORD has a plan for our lives and the plan has not stopped yet. You know that it has not stopped because the Bible tells us in 1Corinthians, chapter 2, verse 9 that "Eyes have not seen nor  ears heard the things which GOD has prepared for those that love HIM."
Stay in contact with HIM through prayer; it will bless your life.
Doing What I Can, While I Can
Alma Jones
Aside: I apologize for the numerous errors that you saw as I worked with one of those voice typists. All in all, I think I got it all corrected. I had to use a different computer instead of my iPad and as this one was subject to power outages, I saved it in the voice rough form. Whew, this was the longest one that I have ever done. Whew! I don't think that I will do another one this long again. Still, if it blesses somebody somewhere, it was well worth the effort!

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