Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
I Peter 5:7 (NIV)
“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.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me,
and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)
Two days this week I didn’t start my post with a scripture…I guess I am making up for missed days! 

For me, one of the hardest things to understand in life is why things happen.  Yesterday started out as a normal day around here.  I did a couple of things around the house and got ready to go to take a walk.  When I was walking out the door my neighbor, who is from another country, said something to me.  I said, “Excuse me?”  He obviously want to tell me something and we never do more than wave and say hello.  (That has been one of the hardest adjustments about moving from the Midwest.  People aren’t as friendly in the East, but that is another post!)  When we got close enough for him to talk he said something about his son.  I didn’t quite understand what he said and I said, “I’m sorry. What did you say?”  He replied, “My son died yesterday.”  His son was 14 or 15.  I was dumbfounded and speechless.  Later in the day, when Andy offered his condolences, this man said you just have to trust that God is in control. God knows the plans for this family.  I don’t understand, but HE does.

A friend and her family are facing a tough work related decision.  God knows the plans for this family.  I don’t understand, but HE does.
Another friends grown children are no longer involved in church and she is concerned.  She is more than concerned.  One of them claims to no longer believe in God.   God knows the plans for this family.  I don’t understand, but HE does.
The state of the economy in the United States has many people out of work, looking for work, or about to be out of work. God knows the plans for these people.  I don’t understand, but HE does.
Fortunately, He DOES know the plan. If these people are children of God, then they have no worry.  He has plans to prosper and not to harm.  They can cast their care on Him and he will carry the burden.
Lord, I pray the you will give my neighbors comfort during this time of loss.  Show me what you want me to do for them.  Give the family facing a tough decision wisdom and guidance, please give peace to the family whose children claim to no longer believe in you and please touch the hearts of those children.  Lord, please be with those that are unemployed, especially my nieces that are looking for work.  Give comfort to those whose children are moving away, whose children and grandchildren are involved in activities that are against your will Lord.  Thank you for the work you have done in my life and that of my family.  Especially for the way you have blessed us and continue to work in our lives.  And, Lord, please be with those in this country that are enduring the extreme heat, if it is your will, please send a break in the heat and rain.
Sometimes looking at picture will make us feel cooler…
Now for a good laugh, before I sign off for the week…a recent conversation a friend had with her young child:
Child: I don’t want to go to church.
Mom: We’re going.
Child: Well, I’m just going to pee my pants when I get there.
Mom: [Blank stare]
I think the lesson here might be that as Moms we THINK we are in charge, but we really aren’t!!  I am really glad that HE knows the plan, aren’t you!?!  Max Lucado has a great devotional on Problems Have a Purpose.


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