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Friday, August 5, 2016

A Joyful Plan

                Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Let’s make a plan……a plan to “be joyful” as we pursue our purpose in life.

                We’ve talked a lot this week about discernment…the ability to hear God’s leading and make wise choices; to see clearly with God’s vision what His best plan is for us. We need to pray for God to clearly lead us with discernment between good and evil, between what is real and what is illusion, between what is good and what is best. Today, let’s discuss discernment between our desires and God’s plan.  That’s a really hard one for many of us…because we KNOW what our hearts’ desires are and we are right ready to tell God how to do it! 

                The truth is….we do not have the wisdom to know what’s best. It’s difficult to release control and simply trust God.  From a very young age, our culture teaches us to begin thinking about “what we will be when we grow up”.  We think we’ve got to have a good answer for that question…early in our youth.  

                What a difference we might see in our world, if we were to teach our young people to pray more, to seek God’s wisdom and leading in what He created them to be. Charles Stanley says that “God’s plan for us is the plan that will fit us perfectly. It will excite us the most and bring us the greatest feelings of meaning and satisfaction.” In other words, when you are in the center of God’s plan for your life, you will experience the most joy. 

                Indeed, “God has a plan to prosper you; a plan to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)  Ask God to reveal that joyful plan, one step at a time.   

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