Do Good and Share – Five Sentence Friday

Whenever I read these words I think of the first day of school.  Especially with Kindergartners.  We would always tell them to be good to one another and to share with their neighbors.  God has applied to same words to adults.  Maybe we forget, as time goes by.  Maybe we don’t know how.  But the words are the same whether they apply to a 6-year-old or a 60-year-old.

  1. Part of God’s plan for our lives is to do good and share.
  2. When I sacrifice my time for others God is pleased.
  3. Whether I forget or remember, it’s still a choice.
  4. Sharing is hard.  After all, it’s mine, isn’t it?
  5. Doing good is more than being nice.

Think about that last one for a moment.  To do good we need to know what other’s need.  It’s not something we can assume.  For instance, I can assume that someone who is on a fixed income will need milk and bread by the end of the month.  Providing that is an awesome thing but what if you add a special treat to that.  I really don’t know anyone who doesn’t like some homemade cookies.  This is beyond nice and good.  It’s saying, I care about you and want you to enjoy the good things in life.  I hope this makes sense and that you can find it in your heart to go out and do good for someone.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

God’s Great Love…

I have finally finished the Book of Deuteronomy and am ready to dig in to Joshua.  I am reading the Word in the Message and Peterson writes some very interesting introductory thoughts about the book.  This one in particular was very compelling, and I quote, “God’s great love and purposes for us are worked out in the messes, storms and sins, blue skies, daily work, and dreams of our common lives, working with us as we are and not as we should be.” (The Message.  Eugene H Peterson.  NavPress. 2004  pg. 263)

God loves us, without question, and really wants what is best for us.  He knows what ‘we should be’ but determines to work with us as we are.  His purpose is to make us the best we can be as we mirror His Son, Jesus.  He knows we are imperfect, sinners, always.  It is not a spur of the moment plan.  God is able to see the past, present and future of each of our lives and He wants to be part of every moment.   His presence is always there we just don’t always choose to honor it.  God’s plan will prosper us and provide for us.

God's Plans

He does nothing without just cause.  He knows the right time, the right place, and the reasons for His actions regarding us.

Ezekial 1423

However, He expects us to communicate with Him through prayer.  And wants others to be doing the same for us.

1 Thessalonians

God knows and He will share His plan.  All we have to do is ask and listen for the response.

Oh, How He Loves Us by David Crowder

Heavenly Father, my prayer today is that You will open our hearts and minds and give us the ability to hear You.  Oh, Lord, when we hear You let us respond as You would have us respond.  I lift this prayer in the Mighty and Awesome Name of Jesus.  Make it so!

God’s Plan

View of ancient Babylon, Description de L'Univ...

View of ancient Babylon, Description de L’Universe (Alain Manesson Mallet, 1683).jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been pondering Jeremiah 29:11-13 a lot lately.  God keeps putting it in my mind.  We have to read more of the story to understand the meaning of these verses and let me say IT IS POWERFUL.  Read from verse 4 through verse 14. Here’s what I have discovered so far… 

  • I believe we live in a modern Babylon.   Ancient Babylon represented all the excesses it was possible to have at that time.  We have much the same in the US…money, stuff, sex, lack of morality, little regard for others, worship of all kinds of other gods…
  • God tells the Israelites to do these things to model who He is:  Build homes, plan to stay, plant gardens and eat the produce, marry, have children, find spouses for them, have grandchildren, multiply, work for peace and prosperity where you are, pray for the city, do not be tricked by other prophets or mediums – they lie
  • God’s plan for me is His plan.  No one else can interfere.  He knows my future.  He knows what He wants.
  • He wants me to know His plan and even gives ways to discover it.  He says if I earnestly seek Him I will find Him and He will listen. 
  • He promises to end my captivity in this modern Babylon and yes, restore my fortune.
  • He promises to give me hope, a future, and will bring me home again.

God is who He says He is and He can do what He says He can do!  What more could I want.

Ah, Lord God, Giver of all there is, was, and ever will be.  Your plan for me is more awesome than anything I can imagine.  I am claiming prosperity, a future, hope, and anything else You have for me.  Make it so!!