Inspiration for the Day // The Flawless Map

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Hello, everyone! I thought that today I would share some thoughts and talk about The Flawless Map. What is this map? Good question. This is a term that I will use to represent God’s plan for our lives.

Did you know that God has a specific plan for you? He has tomorrow all planned out for you whether it’s just another day or a big occasion. We have no assurance that we won’t wake up tomorrow and find out that we have cancer, or that we may not even wake up at all. I don’t mean to discourage anyone, but we must understand that a painless life isn’t guaranteed in Christianity. But to go along with this news, we can also know that God has complete control of everything – the Universe, the Earth, nature, and people. Now the first three of those things will always listen to Him, while the last one on the list will not. Because we were each given a mind of our own, and a free will, we each have the ability to make our own choices, ones that can determine what kind of life we live.

Sometimes, our planning is not the same as what God already has in store for us. Think of it this way. Picture in your head a big map laid out on a table. You are holding a tiny candle as your only light. To see the map, you must move the candle over each part of it, but you can never see the whole map at once. God is the only one who can see the whole map because He drew it, therefore we can trust that He will give us good directions to our destination. Without God’s guidance, we would be lost.

Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

This is my favorite verse at the moment. It reminds me that God knows better than I do and that I can trust Him. It’s like the time our car broke down in our driveway when we were going to be late for an event. After 20 minutes of trying to fix the car, it just began working again for no specific reason. When we got out of our driveway and went up the road, we found that there had been a bad car accident at that intersection about 20 minutes before. So what we thought was a bad thing happening to us, really saved our lives by keeping us out of that accident! The delay in our own plans was really God’s plan!

When something in your life goes in a way you don’t want it to go, remember that God will always be in control. But we must be willing to trust Him whether we’ve known Him for our whole lives, or just a day! He knows beyond our imagination and is the maker of this big map called life. God knows what will happen in the next 10 years, 10 months, 10 days, 10 minutes, and 10 seconds! So, we can trust that He knows best. This is God’s flawless map. He has made one for each of us, and I know that His plans for you are very special!

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Have you ever thought about God’s big plans?

Do you have any stories that show how God is in control?

What could we do to put more trust in His plans for us?

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Megan Joy

* The term “The Flawless Map,” along with its explanation was solely created by and belongs to the author of this blog.

Inspiration for the Day // Discovering Hope and Joy

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Hello everyone! Today I wanted to write an inspirational post to begin a new series called “Inspiration for the Day!” So here it goes!

One day I was tackling some schoolwork when I glanced out the open window. The property border was thickly lined with tall trees that swayed in the wind. They distributed their crisp yellow leaves in the gusts, sending each golden parcel down to Earth in little flurries. The busy robins sprung around on the grass content with their melodious chorus. A sunset was blazing in the distance, sending warm rays in streams between the tree trunks. For at least five minutes, all I could do was abandon my blaring lap-top screen and gaze out into the woods with ever hopeful eyes. I didn’t know what I was hoping for and perhaps I never will. I was daydreaming alright, at my usual daydreaming window. Many of my books I’ve written have been founded on that sunset. It just cries hope.

The moment I looked away and returned to my typing, that hope called me back again. It whispered in song and drew my attention back to the sunset. What was this hope? Why had it come? Who had sent it?

The answers are simple. The hope was a gift of encouragement. It was given because I needed it, and lastly, it had come from the Lord. Only the power of God can captivate our hearts with a fiery planet in the sky, with towers of wood shielded with bark, and with feathery creatures. These things give me joy and hope because they’re God’s gift. I wasn’t aware that I was in sore need of hope and joy that evening because I was occupied deep within the depths of LIFE. But God knew that I needed it, and He sent it right to me.

I guess my advice to go with this little story is, “Life is going to get you down sometimes but don’t let it take away all your hope and joy. God will supply all your needs and will send you bundles of joy and parcels of hope. All we have to do is receive them and say thank you. We shouldn’t let the busyness of life take away all our joy, nor let it devour all our hope. Look for the joy and you’ll find hope.

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

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What gives you hope & joy?

Do you ever sit and daydream out of a window?

Do you have any advice for finding hope & joy?

Comment!

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Megan Joy