Wednesday, June 23, 2010

God's Plans, Not Mine

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

What do your prayers sound like? So often mine tend to focus on what I want. Even when I ask God what He wants, I hardly neglect to let Him know what I want. Now there's nothing wrong with asking God for what we want or what we think we need but are we truly willing to accept what He wants for us?

Many times I have prayed for or about something and God has answered exceedingly abundantly beyond what I had ever hoped for. The last two vehicles I have purchased happened that way. In both cases I had been praying because I needed another vehicle and I asked for something specific in His time. In both cases God went ahead of me and chose vehicles that were what I asked for and so much more.

There have also been those times when it seemed like God overlooked a few details. I have recently asked for prayer for myself as I looked for a job. I want to thank you all for praying and for those that encouraged me and some who even helped me through a few meltdowns. God provides for His children but it doesn't always look like we think it should.

As I applied for jobs, I prayed specifically that God would block all offers except for the job He wanted me to accept. I also asked if there could be at least one deeply rooted Christian where He chose for me to work, and that be someone I could become good friends with. I asked for prayer in my Sunday school class one day and the lady I asked told me there might be a position available soon in her department at work and asked me to email her my resume. Within a week she called me and offered me a job. The offer sounded more like a sales pitch as she was very anxious for me to accept.

So prayers answered, a job that was offered to me by someone I was already developing a friendship with who was a deeply rooted Christian. But it "seemed" that God had overlooked a few details. This was a part time position and paid very little. Not sufficient income to pay my bills but I was sure this was God's choice so I accepted the job. At the start of my 2nd week the position became full time and my supervisor is telling me that she wants to train me for advancement. The pay is still not sufficient to pay my bills but I know that this is the job that God chose for me. If things had gone according to my plans, I would have gone into a full time position that offered better pay but I am learning to accept God's plans and not mine.

"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9
Throughout my life God has shown me that He is always faithful. He has never left me stranded and has always provided for my needs, sometimes in miraculous ways. He can be trusted even when there is more month at the end of my income. These days it seems that we don't leave any room for dependence on God. We want our safety nets all in place before we take any steps forward. We won't take a job unless it offers high pay, health insurance, and a retirement plan. These aren't bad things but it seems that we, like the world, have come to rely more on these safety nets than we do on God. The world has to depend on these things because they don't have God, but God wants His People to depend on Him. We are called to live a life set apart so that the world can see our God and so that He will be glorified. I am so thankful for all that God has provided for me and that He has cut away the safety net.

Since I am working outside the home again I am having to make adjustments in my schedule. This will be my last post with Titus 2 in Action. I want to thank Sonya for giving me this opportunity. I have really enjoyed working with her and the other contributing authors here. Thank you all for reading and for your comments and encouragement.

Stephanie at Truthsharer will be picking up Grandma's Gems from this point forward. Stephanie is a wonderful lady in love with the LORD and full of insight into God's Word so please welcome her in this position.

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Sharon Sloan - Joy In The Truth said...

Edie: thank you for sharing your heart so transparently here! We just love you! We will miss you...truly! You have our prayers and love. We will be praying and watching to see all God does in your life and through your job as you trust in Him.

Thank you for serving Him with excellence.

Many hugs and prayers,

Tammy said...

Your faith in God always helps me in my own walk of faith!

Love ya,

Terri Tiffany said...

Oh Edie! I was wondering about you yesterday and am so happy to read this post. I too have been praying that same way that God would only lead me where he wants me this time and to please please have a strong Christian there this time unlike my last disaster.
SO happy for your progress!

Kelly Combs said...

I welcome Stpehanie, but I will miss you Edie. I pray you have time to keep your own blog updated now and again to keep us posted on your life, and your precious grandchildren.

Keep in touch my friend. And may God continue to meet your every need abudantly!

RCUBEs said...

As there is time for everything, I just pray sister Edie that the Lord will always guide you with His divine wisdom and discernment. I will miss your posts here but I pray that you will still have time to post in your blog, time to time. You inspire us with your faith and help me grow personally with my own walk. I'm glad to be reminded that we must put our complete trust not of the things of this world, but in God alone. That's the only most stable way to go!

I pray that through prayers, our lives will be aligned with what He willed for us. God bless you richly sister Edie and take good care of yourself. Love you in Christ.

From the Heart said...

Yes, you will be missed, especially by me. You have a wonderful ministry and I don't believe God is through with you and your blog and the beautiful designs you make.

Love and prayers, AE



Your wrote this and I have to echo it too!

"Throughout my life God has shown me that He is always faithful. He has never left me stranded and has always provided for my needs, sometimes in miraculous ways. He can be trusted even when there is more month at the end of my income. These days it seems that we don't leave any room for dependence on God. We want our safety nets all in place before we take any steps forward."

You and I am others have been praying through your situation for a job and I am amazed at how God responded quickly when your focus and ultimate dependence was fully surrendered. I had the privilege of watching that happen and seeing God's faithfulness to [and to all of us who truly TRUST Him for His plans - not ours].

My prayers recently have been with words of "Not my will - but Thine be done." If Jesus said that to the Father - I know I should - as long as my heart matches those words.

I will miss you at T2inA - cause you're the one I always came to read here - but I am thrilled to be stepping in behind you to write about our offspring heritage. We go from "Grandma's Gems" to "Mighty Warriors" - from one column to another in transition to His kingdom plans.

Keep writing and keep trusting Him in all you do and all that you are! He is faithful! Always!

He IS JEHOVAH-JIREH - the Lord Who Promides!

Love you so much sister...

Choosing JOY, Stephanie

Warren Baldwin said...

Edie - You did a good job on Titus2 and will be missed. God's blessings upon you as you continue new adventures. Our prayers go up for you and your family. WB