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According To His Purpose| Reflection January ’18

The scripture for the month of January is almost over and I’d like to talk about what I’ve learned. 🙂

(NIV) Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

This month I’ve been working on daily prayer and reflecting on a particular scripture. I did not visually look up this scripture daily. I think for next month I’ll add the scripture on an index card, and post it where I can see it daily.

I believed God would use this scripture to teach me, but I didn’t know how.

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He has been teaching me a lot about His timing and not giving up even when things seem hard, or when I get misunderstood. Each time, I’ve felt something relating to these circumstances I’ve thought about this scripture.

God will not hurt me. He always has a purpose, a reason, a will, and He has a way. He can allow me to experience pain and trials but He will always be with me.

What I’ve taken out of the scripture essentially is that He will connect the dots for me. I just need to trust Him and to keep doing what He has set me to do. 

There is always a bigger picture with God.

I talked a lot about this in the post Fearing The Book Series | Sharing My Life/Update there have been times with my novels, and now working on the book series that I’ve doubted. But I’ve seen God do so much for me in the past. At the time, I didn’t know how things would work out, but God knew, and He guided me.

There is so much of my life that I can look back on now and point to the Lord. I know I keep talking about it 🙂 but the Toxic Church Experience was a huge eye-opener for me. As well as answered prayer He gave us in June of 2017.

I know how He worked in my life then, and I know He still has a plan for me.

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There were many of you who kindly gave me this scripture leading up to the month of January and during the month of January, and I felt reaffirmed that God was listening, and He was reminding me He’s heard me.

I also want to discuss how God used this scripture with me while I worked on daily prayer. There were some prayers that had answers, and that was powerful to read.

I will be sharing a separate post for those answered prayers 🙂

There were also some prayers that were not answered. One in particular really isn’t my place to talk about out of privacy and respect for those involved. But it spoke volumes to me the most.

What I can say is I saw God’s love all throughout the situation, and everyone involved, especially to the person most attached. They were strengthed by His love. They felt Him near.

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Unanswered prayer does not at all mean God didn’t listen or God doesn’t love you. I’ve seen some of the most powerful moments with Christ and His love during unanswered prayer. I’ve experienced it too.

Unanswered prayer also does not mean God won’t answer later or that He didn’t answer at all, He just may go about a prayer differently.

Just like the scripture.

(NIV) Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”


Did you meditate on this scripture this month or another scripture?

What did God reveal to you? I love to share the lessons God is imparting 🙂 

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21 thoughts on “According To His Purpose| Reflection January ’18

  1. I love your “connect-the-dots” thought! So true and so wise! I’m glad to hear that God has been working in your life in some difficult situations! You so thoroughly place your trust in Him. I know He delights in that and I suspect that He probably plans to answer the remaining request (s) at a later date! Love you, my authentic and grace-filled friend!! ❤

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    1. Thank you as always, Lynn!!! You always renew me with encouragement. Sometimes, I let the lie of feeling like I don’t deserve God, and why should He answer overwhelm me. But I know He loves me, and He keeps His word. I can’t make myself anything better, only Jesus Christ can ❤

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  2. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. T.R., Sometimes the answer is “wait” or “No.” God answers the prayers of His daughters and sons. His timing is different than ours. One of my friends prayed for my health for 40 years, and she found out a year after the Lord healed me. Be patient. God does work all for good for those who are called according to His purpose. Wishing you peace. Karen

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  3. T.R. – Thank you for sharing your journey of faith with us. I agree that God does answer, and that often his answer is “wait.” I get that one a lot, actually. 🙂

    Rom. 8:28 is a running theme in my life, but I have noticed how it has been so particularly this month, since you gave us that challenge. So, thank you for that reminder that we can trust in the absolute sovereignty of God over our lives.

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  4. I did think on this verse alot, not as much as I should’ve. It’s been helpful to remember because my family has been going through trials for seven years, I found out how bad things were a couple months ago, so sometimes I get scared. What if we go homeless, or can’t afford this and that. But this verse has helped remind me that God’s got us. I still have my family, we still have our house. He’s gotten us through it so far. He can get us through it again. 🙂

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    1. I’ve had those thoughts, especially since last year. Money gets tight. I am reminded by God that He has provided in the past years for me, why should I doubt now? But it is hard. ❤ Thank you for your honesty, I know they aren't easy thoughts to open up about. I think the scripture for next month you will enjoy probably for the same reasons I do. The scripture comes out on Thursday I believe. 🙂

      I plan to be better about thinking about the month scripture more daily and to write it on a card.

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  5. WOW! I definitley needed to see this. It shows how God places certain things, such as blog posts, in your life to speak to you through another’s similar struggles. I resonate with these words as there have been unanswered/lingering prayers that I am attempting to understand. Thank you for your inspiration and dedication!

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  6. I’ve been meditating on this scripture since the beginning of the month. I’ve been praying about the new direction in life He wants me to go and He promised that He’ll reveal all in His timing. God is with us always even if we don’t get answers immediately. God bless you.

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