When things don’t go ‘my’ way…

So my day’s not gone great. Things haven’t gone the way I wanted. In the natural I’m pretty discouraged, to say the least. But I have been reminded of this:

There is nothing He doesn’t have access to, hasn’t seen or hasn’t planned in advance.

Can we trust that He is in control? Can we choose to believe that His plans aren’t just ‘good’ – they are the best!

Despite the way it feels, Today, we haven’t actually experienced a ‘setback’ in any way, shape or form – rather, we have watched the unfolding of God’s AWESOME will in our life!

But can we state this, shout this, sing this and pray this? Despite what we think, what we had planned or how we had understood our ‘needs’ to be?

How many times have I told my kids ‘not now’ when they want something now that I’ve planned for them to receive later?

Why? Because I know my plans for them are good! (Usually) I know that if they receive what they want now they won’t enjoy it as much, or they won’t be ready for it, or it’ll get broken, or [insert any other excruciatingly annoying but true dad-like reasoning here]

How much joy would I feel if in response to my ‘not now’, I heard this: ‘OK. I don’t get it, that’s disappointing, but I trust you and I choose to enjoy myself anyway…’

Sound impossible? Not likely in my home, but that’s what He’s asking of us right now.

God makes no mistakes – just good plans from a good God, prepared for us to DELIGHT in. However much it hurts right now.
– Romans 8:28

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Conditions on love?

Do we put conditions on our affection? When love is freely received by us, why do we struggle to freely give?

Luke 6:32-36

“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

If Jesus is asking me to love my enemies freely, how much more should I pour love out on those within my own home?

Matthew 18:32-35

Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

Romans 5:8

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

He pours His love and forgiveness out on us when we are not worthy.

In my marriage, do I pour out the incredible,  death-defying, generous, merciful, gracious, faithful, forgiving, unending covenantal love that was poured out on me?