GOD HAS A PLAN

March 15

   “What does God think about your future?  We find the answer in the book of Jeremiah (29:11, NIV): “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.”  All of what we are, good and bad, is what we have thought and believed.  What you have become is due to the price you paid to get what you used to want.”

   “All of the important battles we face will be waged within ourselves.  Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that God was superior to any circumstance.  First John 4:4 says, ‘Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.”

   “Don’t put water in your own boat; the storm will put enough in on its own.  Don’t dream up thousands of reasons why you can’t do what you want to: find one reason why you can.  It is easier to do all the things you should do than spend the rest of your life wishing you had.  The first key victory you must win is over yourself.  “You can’t consistently perform in a manner that is inconsistent with the way you see yourself,” says Zig Ziglar.”

   “Building a case against yourself is like a microscope – it magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.  To keep from building a case against yourself; multiply your prayer time, divide the truth from a lie, subtract negative influences and add God’s Word.  We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.  Both faith and fear may sail into your harbor, but allow only faith to drop anchor.”

     John L. Mason,  You’re born an Original, Don’t Die a Copy 

 

Good-news-bad-news…

The following letter from the family’s solicitor is addressed to a

member of the British aristocracy who has been spending much of the

summer in his residence in the south of France leaving his wife in the

United Kingdom to look after the ancestral home.

Dear Sir Royston,

I hope you are having a good time on your holiday. 

I say this with sincerity because I am afraid that I have some bad

news for you, although there is good news too. First the bad news. I

am sorry to tell you that your favorite dog, Honey, is dead. The vet

says that she died instantly and could have felt no pain. She was

kicked in the head by your horse, Sherbert, though I’m sure that no

blame can be attached to Sherbert, frightened as he was by the fire in

the barn.

I’m afraid that Sherbert was in the barn along with your other

horses when it burnt to the ground.

I should explain how the barn came to be on fire in the first place.

You see a spark from the house blew over and set the roof alight. The

fire started in the main hall of the house where, as you know, your

Mattisse and your Picasso once hung. I say ‘once’ because they are not

there now. Fortunately neither of these paintings were damaged in the

conflagration as they were stolen beforehand by the burglar who

started the fire.

Although all of this may seem to you very serious it is not in fact

the bad news that I wrote of. Your wife and brother had been visiting

your Insurance Agent in prison where he is serving a three year

sentence for fraud. I’m afraid that none of your insurance policies

are valid. This is the bad news.

As I said, there is some good news. The heat from the fire warmed your

greenhouse and brought your flowers on.

Regards,

Morgan