Being Woven

There is a Plan

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Have these thoughts ever crossed your mind: “Does God even know I am here?”  “Does He care about me, little me?”

The great news is that He does know and He caresall about youall about me.  And I am not little in His mind.  I am His.  That is what matters.  I am so very grateful.  I love the Lord and cling to Him even closer right now in these days of grief.

Scripture is so reassuring.  I read Joshua 1:9 often.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Such an encouraging word to my heart, my whole being.

I read Isaiah 54:5 every morning since losing my earthly husband on June 7th:

For your Maker is your husband,
the LORD of hosts is His name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth He is called.

I am a widow on earth but have a Husband to provide for, love, support me in all ways.  Amen. 

So when I question God, which I do, He reminds me that He knows everything that I am going through, everything that I need, everything about me.  I cling to Jeremiah 29:11 for this verse draws me close to the One Who has a plan for my life, whatever time remains for me here.  I want to be obedient for this period of life.  I want to carry whatever cross I have to bear with the dignity that will be an open door to others in following Christ.  I want others to see Christ in me so they see Him first.  Jesus is such a beautiful gift to me and I desire that others will have this gift too.  Use me, Lord, for Your glory.  

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ESV

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מַחֲשָׁבָה

machashabah

a texture, machine, or (abstractly) intention, plan (whether bad, a plot; or good, advice):—cunning (work), curious work, device(-sed), imagination, invented, means, purpose, thought

‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’ NASB

“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.” NIV

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. KJV

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of shalom, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. HNV

The plan God has for me is the perfect plan for the life I am to live.  I do not know exactly what that looks like right now, but I do know that He has one.  He had this plan from before the very beginning of my life.  Psalm 139 speaks so clearly of this beautiful promise:

O Lord, You have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from Your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there Your hand shall lead me,
and Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to You;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with You.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are Your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in Your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with You….23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalm 139:1-18, 23-24

I praise You, Father, from morning until night.  You are my God and know me perfectly.  I ask Your forgiveness for the many times I have failed You.  I repent from the ways that are not, were not, in Your plan.  You guide me.  You change me.  You love me always.  I ask You to walk ever closer to me, guarding my heart, guiding my steps.  I praise You, Lord.  In Christ, I lost the old Linda and was born anew.  In You, I have life.  I pray in the Holy Name of Jesus.  Amen.

I am forever…

beblacksig

 

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Woman at Sunset: http://www.beliefnet.com/entertainment/galleries/does-god-really-want-to-know-me.aspx?p=3

Jeremiah 29:11 graphic: https://drlej.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/hope-and-a-future/

 

 

 

 

 

21 Comments

  1. Hi Linda, I came across your blog on Fresh Market Friday, and I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. It is so true that there is a plan that provides us with hope and encouragement on the worst of days. Thank you for standing firm in and faithful to God’s promises to us even in the toughest of times. xx

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  2. Linda,
    I may not have the opportunity to see you in person, but here in this space and through your words, I see the Jesus in you. You are a blessing, my friend ♥
    Lori

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    • Your words give me more reason to thank the Lord for this is just what I pray will be the outcome of this blog. Bless you, Lori. My heart smiles.

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  3. Hi Linda, I appreciate your transparency in this blog post, and your desire to serve the Lord. Even in the midst of your great loss, you are proclaiming through your words and actions that It is Well with Your Soul.

    Your words convicted and encouraged my heart. I loved the KJV version of the Jeremiah verse. It opened up a whole new insight into that verse for me.

    Psalm 139 has always been one of my favorite Psalms, but tonight, as I read, especially in the season I am in, it brought fresh encouragement.

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart here Linda. Praying for you.

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  4. Linda, this post speaks directly to my heart in this season, the Scriptures you quote are some of my life verses…these are two more verses that our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ uses to wrap His Loving Arms around me…praying they bless you too…

    We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we don’t yet have—for a man who already has something doesn’t need to hope and trust that he will get it. But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently. Romans 8:24-25 TLB

    But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day! Habakkuk 2:3 TLB

    Many blessings to you, friend ❤️

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    • Thank you, thank you. Those are precious verses for me too! I will add them to my others. “They will not be overdue a single day.” How wonderful a promise!

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  5. Beautiful reminder- Yes, He is our husband and our provider! And His plans are for good! ❤ ((hugs))

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  6. This is the third time today I’ve seen Jeremiah 29:11. A reminder from God, yes? 🙂
    Thank you for linking up with us at Woman to Woman Ministries. God bless

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    • I guess we all need the reassurance that God is in control and that He, indeed, has a plan. Amen!

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  7. Dear Linda, I am so very sorry for your great loss.

    May you find your writing gives you solace, comfort, and purpose during this great grief. Praying for you even as we speak.

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  8. Thank you, Linda, for letting Truth have the upper hand. I’m coming back all the time these days to Isaiah 40 and the Huge God described there.

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  9. Linda, those verses are anchors for the times we feel forgotten and alone. Thanks so much!

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  10. May you continue to find peace.

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  11. Beautiful post and reflection of your heart. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and so thankful you are turning to God to fill the gap. Maree

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  12. I’m so thankful he has the plan. And the power to carry it out. I love these verses, too, Linda. Thanks for sharing where your hope lies.

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  13. Tara Horsley

    Linda your beautiful words to the gifts walking with Jesus. I like the verse Jer. 29:11 I am going to use that for my life verse. I want people to see Jesus shine through me. I so want God to use me.

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  14. Cathy Newberry

    Linda, Forever and Ever. AMEN.

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  15. He definitely has that plan for you Linda, rest in that as you grieve the loss of your dear man. His arms are full of comfort for you 😀
    Jennifer

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  16. Dear Linda, OH, your words and your life do point us so beautifully to the gift of walking with Jesus! You shine forth His love, even through the deepest valley. I love this collection of Scriptures, and the various translations & meanings that you shared here. Especially thinking of that word “plans” having the possible meaning of “intentions” also. Every intention of His heart towards us is to bring us to His good purposes. You remain in my prayers, dear friend! xo

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  17. Linda,I’m so grateful for your friendship and the grace you have been blessed with to write from your heart so you can inspire and encourage me as well as everyone who reads your blog. Thank you for always sharing your faith with us.❤

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