Jeremiah 29:11 “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 a hope and a future.”
Hello Beautiful Souls,
This morning I woke up with a word stemming from Jeremiah 29:11. I believe everyone has a scripture/verse that they claim is their theme for certain seasons. Well Jeremiah 29:11 has been mine and I did not just pick it out the bible one random day, it actually has been thrown in my face, popping up random times. So I just felt God was saying “Here Brittany, take this, to give you peace right now.” I believe it was a gift from God for my sanity. I believe God has a plan and though I cannot see in the natural, I see in the spiritual that God is up to something… something good. The great part is that I’m not concerned about what I’m getting out of the plan. It’s not for my benefit, it’s for others. Souls need to be saved, and I feel God will use me and my imperfections someway, somehow. He knows what He is doing and I am coming to grips to just completely let His will be done. He has me covered. He has made a way already and He is turning it around for me to place me where I need to be. Let me share a little confession with you all.
Okay so my birthday was Monday November 10th, (Happy Birthday to me!!), and I just turned the big 25. Let me tell you, I was a little down and depressed to the days leading up to my big day. I just kept thinking I am not where I want to be, I don’t have the things that 25 year olds, are supposed to have, I’m not financially stable, no husband in sight, I haven’t been outside of Virginia to travel, like I was really going in on myself. There were so many things I thought I would have accomplished by the age of 25. I can tell you that almost nothing has gone the way I had envisioned it. I had created this fantasy life in my head, not knowing I was only hurting myself and delaying what God envisioned for my life. To tell you the truth this blog post is turning out differently than I had planned. I did not plan to confess my quarter life crisis issues, but God has a purpose and there is probably someone reading this who can relate. I came across Proverbs 16:9, and literally God was speaking to me, letting me know that I had put a burden of this fantasy life on myself.
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps”. Proverbs 16:9 NKJV
I can plan everything out in my life. I can pick and choose who stays in my life and I can set all of these silly expectations on a blurred vision that I created. However if none of that adds up to God’s plan for me then it will not go as planned. So all the preconceived thoughts, plans and even dreams that I had such as being married and having certain career goals accomplished at a certain age, I had to let them go. I had to surrender them all to God because I knew if I really wanted to be living a purposeful life, I had to be in my purpose and the only way to get there is by allowing God to place me there. I had to develop the mindset that God has me covered and He will work it all out. Even though I may not be where I want to in life at this moment, I am under God’s will, so I am where He wants me to be.
This mindset does not happen overnight. You see when we have a dream, we will protect and chase that dream life until the death of us, because society has brainwashed us. The world says we have to chase our dreams by any means necessary, even if that means contradicting God’s word. Let me ask you this: What if your dream life does not lead you to your purpose? Do you trust God enough to place new dreams in your heart? I know there are desires in your heart right now but some of those desires are not what God wants you desire. I know it’s not easy to hear, because I too at one time fought the thought of giving up every dream and desire I had in my heart, but I knew the longer I held on to them, the longer it was going to take to get to my true purpose. If you were unaware, I want to let you know that God knew you before you were even born. He had a plan for you before your parents were born. In Jeremiah 1:5 God says “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”, that is proof He had a plan in the very beginning.
After knowing all of this, some will still insist on driving themselves crazy, planning out their entire life. You may even be planning your life around people who God only has in your life for a season. When you spend your life living with high expectations then getting disappointed when your plans fail, you are opening the door for the enemy to have a field day. False seeds will then get planted in your head; doubts, feeling unqualified, questioning your abilities and existence. You will start to lose focus and slowly begin to walk away from God because God is not a God of fear and negativity. Listen God already has a plan. He has a prosperous life for you, just waiting for you. He wants you to step away from the fantasy thoughts, they lead to destruction. I want you today, to take a breather and reevaluate your life. Ask God questions, talk to Him. When you ask questions like, “God is there where I am supposed to be, am I on the right career path, is this the person I am going to marry?’ you are opening the door for God and inviting Him in on your plans. When we plan our lives leaving God out until we need something, we are setting ourselves up for major disappointments.
God has a plan for you! He wants to prosper you, use you for His kingdom, give you the desires of your heart if they are fitting in His will and not going to destroy you down the road. God does not want to harm you. He wants what is best for you; hope and a bright successful future. In order to receive His best you have to let go of this life you planned out in your head. You have to let go of the fairy-tale wedding dress you have been window shopping for because honey first you need a man. You are going to have to let go of that dream of becoming a secular rap star, how are you working for God’s kingdom if you are promoting violence, drama, and sexuality, because that is all that is being played right now.
You have to surrender all that you are; you have to be willing to give Him your dreams… Did you hear me? You have to give God YOUR DREAMS, the dreams you had for yourself since you were a kid. I know you’re probably thinking, “Okay Brittany that is too much”, but I am telling you that you have to be willing to give everything up FOR GOD to show Him you will completely trust Him. Some may even think well why would God give me the talents and gifts which created me to have these dreams and goals? Look I am not saying having plans, goals, and desires are wrong, I am saying leaving God out of the equation is wrong. Also another thing, if you completely trust God, if you delight yourself in Him and commit your ways to Him, He WILL give you the desires of your heart. As you are surrendering yourself, you are allowing God to empty you and transform you into a better person with a bigger vision and bigger dreams. Psalm 37:4-5 is proof.
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust in Him and He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:4-5 NKJV
I am only speaking from experience. I would have never thought to have a Christian blog but I allowed God to transform my heart, dreams, and desires. I am excited to see what God has in store for me. I do not know exactly where I am headed but the ONE who is leading me has a reputation of never forsaking the righteous and those that believe, obey and trust Him. Seek God and everything will fall into place. Let God plan your life.
*I pray this message draws you closer to God and encourages you to seek more of Him daily. He is the Healer to your broken heart, the Savior to your lost soul, and your Protector against the wars of this world. Trust in Him.*
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