with a beautiful sunset like this,
how can I not believe that
God loves me?
And today I was listening to Gen 16 about Sarai who wasn't very patient about the plans God had for her, and decided to make her own way in order to give Abram a son... And you can read the story yourself, but here Sarai is impatient, and can't you just see Abram (Abraham) as he says in verse 6 “Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. Frustrated... I am sure for a long time Sarai (Sarah) complained about not being able to give Abram a family... if only they would have waited and did it as God intended, would have saved a lot of pain and anguish, I am sure. (I won't even begin to address the issue with Abram not stepping up and saying "knock it off woman!")
Both of these stories are about going the wrong way, one by our choice, and one not so much. Both full of God's grace.
It's important to know where you're going, it's important to have a plan, and most importantly, it's important to know GOD'S PLAN for your (my) life.
I have submitted my paperwork to go to Haiti this summer. Something I've been praying about for a long time, and the answer had already come.
There is a lot planned for 2013... some things at this point God has let me in on and some things He hasn't. I'm excited about 2013! Like you know how when you get a new job and you're all excited, and you think "this is going to be AMAZING!!" and somehow it takes more work than you thought, or it wasn't like you expected, or maybe we forget to have a heart of gratitude. oh, wait, maybe that's just me.
I want to be excited about what God has planned! I want to have a heart of gratitude. I even started a gratitude journal (thank you Karen!!), I have a map (the bible) to lead the way! I have the best "tour guide EVER" (Jesus) to take me to the best places!
Going His way!
Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”