For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
I can remember a visit to my bank for free financial management services in 2008. I had stable employment along with a decent savings account and had made the decision to become a homeowner. As the Agent began to outline the financial responsibilities of ownership, I felt that my dream had rapidly deflated, and my face and tone of voice reflected the defeat and disappointment. However, I did not leave feeling hopeless; I was given a financial plan with goals and strategies to work toward saving additional monies for unforeseen expenses that are tagged with owning a home. Within one year, due to another business entity purchasing the hospital, the alternative job offer that I received, caused me to terminate employment with the organization.
Fast forward to 2019, and I know that my plans for ownership were not God’s plans. Many changes have occurred since 2008: Decline of my Mother’s health which necessitated relocation to another state; change of status from single to married; and the abrupt end of my nursing career due to a physical disability. I am thankful that I did not disregard the financial advice that I received. I know from personal experience how wonderful it feels to call the landlord for the unexpected maintenance repairs that are required in the home that we are leasing.
Yes I was greatly disappointed when my nursing career ended, I had no alternate plans. But I knew there was a great God who would hear my prayer and I asked, “God, what do you want me to do with my life?” His answer was for me to write–real life experiences regarding our defeat and His deliverance. I am currently writing daily Devotionals and plan to publish a book of real life testimonials; a book that I pray will encourage women 40 plus, as we travel through the journey of our lifespan.
Experiencing defeat does not have to equate to discouragement, depression, and feeling downtrodden. It does not mean that you throw in the towel or accept that your purpose in life is limited to your current circumstances.
The answer to living a victorious life–with trials and tribulations–is to ask God: “What do you want me to do?” When you humbly relinquish your plans and invite God to make good on His promise found in Jeremiah 29:11, He becomes the Manager of your life.
The secret to your life becoming successful is to accept God’s plans, and to stay focused and obedient.
His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:23 BLB
Our goal is to hear: Well done!
Challenge for today: Ask God, “What do you want me to do?”
Verse for today: Revelation 22:12-13
Prayer for today: Dear God, I give my life to you. I willingly accept your plans for my life. I ask for you to reveal my purpose and the manner in which I can lead others to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz-Practical Messages for Impractical Times