Some days I get discouraged watching our nation fall farther away from the principles upon which it was founded. Little by little we have allowed the enemy to have its way. This nation was made strong and wealthy and powerful because we followed Godly principles; we honored Him. My heart weeps as I see our God being dishonored now.
God loves us so much! We are so precious to Him! Yet, some walk out their days without one thought of God. Others scorn Him and fight to delete Him, not just from their lives, but also from our country. Many have forgotten or perhaps never even knew the greatness of His love for us.
One of my favorite Scriptures is in the first chapter of Ephesians in the Message Bible; it says . . . He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.
God lets us in on plans "He took such delight in making". He made plans for my life and for your life; and as He lovingly made these plans, He took delight in knowing how much happiness we would find, and how close we would come to Him, as we walked out our own personal journey. Picture Him completing His plan for your life just grinning at the loving surprises He put into those plans for you. . . yes, you. He was thinking of You as He designed a special plan to bring you joy. His heart desires us to have an intimate relationship with Him, and as we develop that, we will experience the true joy.
Ideas for building this intimacy in our God relationship can be found in the book Cast Up A Highway. ‘Begin a journal’ is one suggestion. The book demonstrates how to begin and gives suggestions for building an intimate relationship through using this tool. The book also speaks more about building a powerful strength within:
Constructing a Strong Inner Core
Establishing the iron-strong pilings has much to do with keeping our heart secure, which happens as we allow the Scriptures to become an integral part of it. God’s Word is powerful, and the more we establish ourselves in God’s promises and His character, the more staunch our heart becomes. God’s Word and faith in it is our first and most powerful line of defense against negative situations and thoughts. God’s Word shows our heart how to respond with force and authority against works the evil one attempts to bring into our lives. . .
God’s plan for our lives is all inclusive~His love for us has put in solutions for every contingency. If we make a mistake, we can learn and grow from it. When we trust in Him and His guidance, our highway of life will smooth out. His love is so powerful we can put full trust in it.