For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
Thought for the Day: Look at your life to see where God has led you in His plan.
Christmas Break finally came for my children as they returned home from school yesterday with excitement that Christmas is almost here. As my children have ended their first full year in Georgia, I reflect on thoughts of them. My oldest child, shy as I, has found that this place has offered and fulfilled many life experiences for him. He began school less than a week after we moved and it began on a very rocky road as he did not know anyone. But it didn’t take long before he became involved in the church middle school group, The Middle, where the other youth and adults took him in. That led to groups at school where church friends were near. He enjoyed band and playing trumpet where he still had those church friends around. Boy Scouts has been another experience for him where he has become even closer to some of the church friends from The Middle. Our youngest, very outgoing child, had some difficulty in beginning a new school as he had challenges in learning. After time, things began falling into place. Once again, the church friends have been very involved in his success. That sweet boy began first grade, a little behind, and because of the work of his teacher who is a church member, and another sweet teacher, he is now on grade level and doing extremely well. At church, where at first he would not enter the Sunday School experience without tears, he is now walking in knowing he is going to enjoy his day. At home, he has two sweet friends who knock on the door for him to come out and play. My heart is warmed every time I hear that knock on the door. Cub Scouts has been an experience for him as it has been for his big brother as once again, church members have helped lead him to feel success in Scouting. My children are ending the year feeling that God has led them to this place.
As I began writing this morning, I sat for a long time trying to think of something to write. My first thoughts went to myself and pondering where I am in this moment. I struggled in that thought. Then I thought of my children and the thoughts opened up as I felt how wonderful things have been for them. As I think of the scripture, “For I know the plans I have for you”, I sometimes get down. I have yelled at God a few times as I feel that I am not seeing His open door for me. But then I think about my family and realize how obvious it is that God has brought our family to a new place. Observing my husband and his work leading a congregation in song through choir anthems and hymn singing makes it extraordinarily clear that it is a part of God’s plan for him. Looking at my children and the way they have had so many happy events happen since our move makes it extraordinarily clear that it is a part of God’s plan for them. Observing myself as I write, take pictures, lead children’s choir, and sing, I do see where God’s hand has led me. I am falling in love with the people here and I feel we are in a special place. “For I know the plans I have for you” clears my mind to see why God has led us to this place. God is here in every minute and every special moment of our lives.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for showing us Your plan when we move to a new place. There are so many times, we do not open our eyes to see You and we are sorry. Help us to open our eyes to see You and to know You are with us. Help us see clearly the path you place in front of us and help us have the courage to follow Your path. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Looking back to see God’s plan