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GOD’S PURPOSE  – God taking what we deem to be impossible and turning it into something miraculous.

For many years I lived with the notion that life should be happy all the time.  Then reality struck.  Hardship arrived.  Suffering barged in uninvited.  But unbeknownst to me it would evolve into one of the greatest gifts I had ever received.

Yes, I do believe that hardship is a gift to human nature.  Hardship provides substance to our life.  Walking through difficulty takes us into a dimension in our character that will provide deep transformation – if we allow it.  And right in the middle of  the hardship there is GOD’S PURPOSE.  However quite often GOD’S PURPOSE is drowned out by the pain and suffering that hardship brings with it.  But be assured GOD’S PURPOSE is there.   In many ways GOD’S PURPOSE is shouting I’m here, and in other ways GOD”S PURPOSE is quiet and requires stillness to find it.

We were all created with powerful heavenly purpose.  But we were also created with free will.  Those two elements quite often collide because we want our way and we think we know what is best for our life.   And right in the middle of all of that there is a God who has a marvelous plan for our life.

There I believe is where hardship often comes in and plays a divine part in the making and shaping of our character.  Because it is when the LARGENESS OF LIFE hits us that we can really begin to see that we are just mere humans with extreme limitations but HE IS GOD WITH NO LIMITATIONS.

Whether we are dealing with a terrible disease, a loss, divorce, financial hardship, painful situations, we will at some point come  face to face with the reality that we don’t have the answer.  We can’t fix this. Or we don’t know what to do.  This is where the treasure is found.   Right in the center of anything you may be facing God is at work.  And His purpose is being divinely woven.

No matter what you may be facing;  whether your situation seems impossible or makes no sense to you – in the hands of a powerful all-knowing God there will arise great purpose.

If you are going through a difficult season I encourage you to go straight to Romans chapter 8 and into chapter 9.  There you will find truths that will help you along, reassure you, and provide hope.

ONE THING IS FOR SURE…

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose…” Roman 8:28

We can live with the assurance that GOD’S PURPOSE  is at work in our lives.  And at some point…at some time…good will come from whatever we are facing and persevering through.  Trials are not God’s punishment in our life, but rather His means to drive us deeper into His love and grace.  They are instruments that teach us to trust in a faithful God.

No matter what you may be facing today rest assured that Your Creator sees what you are going through and He is at work.  And your hardship is producing bountiful blessings inside of you that will be revealed in due season.

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

GOD’S PURPOSE  –  God taking what we deem to be impossible and turning it into something miraculous.

God has a purpose for you and your life!

“Dear Jesus…help us to trust you with our whole heart.  Provide us the strength we need to persevere through the trials we are facing.  And to trust that you are working all things out for our good.”

Amen

God’s strength and blessings to you…

Marta

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I know what is best for my life! Really?

© 2011 By Marta VanGerwen

“You’re not the boss of me!” declared my four-year old granddaughter to her siblings.  I waited to see if I needed to jump in and referee. But with a little give and take they worked it out and Kylie marched on victorious.  As I watched her maneuver her little world, I reflected on the different places in my life where I demand my way.

Of course it is a different scenario when an adorable four-year old shouts out that statement versus an adult.  I have spent many years, telling others and God, “You are not the boss of me.”  Oh, I didn’t use those exact words.  But you know the saying, “Actions speak louder than words.”

Makes me think of the old song by Frank Sinatra, “My Way” that states the following, “And faced it all, and I stood tall; and did it my way.”  I have always struggled with those lyrics.  I wonder would we really at the end of our life be proud because we did everything our way?  As I look back at my life the places that have caused the greatest regret have been the areas where I did it my way, and where my actions shouted, “You are not the boss of me!”

I asked Jesus to be my Savior many years ago.  His powerful presence and transforming love set me on a journey of great healing.  But even as I yearned for Him to be my guide I still clung to my life.   And while I desired for Him to be in control of my life, my actions shouted,  “I still want to be in charge. You are not the boss of me!”  Again, I didn’t actually say those words to Him but through my stubbornness and demanding  way I was really saying I know what is best for my life.

In the bible we see a potent statement made by John the Baptist, that I feel really captures the essence of our relationship with the Lord, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30   Yet human nature wants its way.  And in the midst of our scramble to try and figure out  life, our Creator who has the answers longs to flood us with direction, fulfillment, purpose; and above all the gift of  Jesus.   And yet we continue striving and attempting to understand or make sense when it is impossible without the missing link.

This adventure was not intended to be self-directed, nor was it to be navigated by our finite perspective.  But instead to be relinquished to a loving God who desires to take center stage in our lives.  To supernaturally fashion His purpose for our lives in and through us.

After a few really costly mistakes I began to see that there is another way to live life.  I saw more clearly how the misguided view of “You are not the boss of me,” was driving me deeper away from God’s purposes for my life.  I saw how doing it my way is not the best for me, how it leads to disappointment and despair.

Demanding my way complicates.  Allowing God to direct ignites freedom  –  A freedom that sets in motion God’s amazing destiny for our lives.  I mean really who knows what is best for us but the ONE who created us.

So “Your not the boss of me,” is not my assertion anymore, but rather, Lord, help me decrease so that you can be all in my life.

And LORD, YOU ARE the boss of me!

Maybe you too have struggled with this in your own life.  I welcome your comments and or feedback… I think there is much to be learned from the journey of others…

More to come on RisenDreams…

You are HIS prized possession….

Marta          

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