Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Perfect Plan

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The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.  (Psalm 28:7)

I don’t know about you, but without Jesus by my side upholding, defending and strengthening me, I would be totally lost! 

Isn’t it wonderful to know that Jesus is both our strength and shield in times of trouble?  He lovingly holds all the pieces of our lives together today, and has a great and perfect plan for our tomorrow.

As we conclude the Beth Moore study on The Book of Esther this week, my heart is overflowing with gratitude for all that I’ve learned during these past nine weeks.

As part of our homework, we drew a diagram with equal sides that helped us understand the balance of how God’s providence works in our lives.

God not only promised that He “works out everything” (Eph. 1:11) “according to His good purpose” (Phil. 2:13), but He also promised that “in all things God works for our good” (Rom. 8:28).

My heart greatly rejoices today as I reflect on how we like Esther, have  been chosen for such a time as this!

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33 comments:

Kristen said...

thank you for sharing!!

Lynn said...

Know that I'm here praying hard!
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
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Runner Mom said...

Beautiful! So excited that you finished the Bible Study! Whoohoo! Now, just sit bakc and reflect on all that God showed you through it.
Hugs!
Susan

Twinkle Mom @ Sunflower Faith said...

That is a fantastic study!

Amen, about our Heavenly Father.

Your picture....sigh...beautiful. Here..there are two colors...green and then brown and that's it.

Lol.

Though through it all, we have our Heavenly Father no matter what!

Lauren said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts - I love your WFW!

I want to do the Esther study someday soon!! :)

Peggy said...

Blessings sweet Susan...how beautiful the photo with this Psalm and your personal message! My heart rejoices greatly & I'm singing a song of praise & thanks to the Lord for being my strength & my shield as my heart trusts in ALL that He purposes! Great reflection from your study on Esther(which reminds me to go listen to Beth on Weds. thanks)! May our hearts be filled with gratitude & His love & His word today & each day! So thankful for you! God bless you!

Yolanda said...

Beautiful

lori said...

Hey, I'm SOOOOO glad you're back!:) PRAISE God! I'm doing Esther too...not as far as you are:)

I pray for peace over your life and your family...you know that..think about it, this time last year we were making an invitation...getting ready to put the teapot out!:)

love you!
lori

Ginger said...

Yes, I am so helped and do rejoice with you!
Ginger

e-Mom said...

I must take a look at Esther by Beth Moore soon...

Yes, God works all things for good. How He does it is really a mystery. e-Dad and I were talking about how Joseph was sold into slavery, and his remark to his 12 brothers much later (paraphrase) "You meant it for evil, God used it for good."

Also, I think about the OT story of the line of Christ, and how Satan kept trying to thwart God's plan to bring a Redeemer. The enemy probably he had won the battle when Jesus was crucified. He didn't count on the resurrection, did he?

It's so comforting to know and trust that God has a perfect plan. Even when in our fallen world, things go wrong, God can and will restore peace and order. Hallelujah!

Thanks for your great post. LOL, you got me going...

Have a blessed WFW, Susan. (((Hugs)))

Ginger said...

Thanks Susan! No, I have not been there, but would sooo love to go!
Ginger

Donetta said...

I love knowing that God is for us not against us in all things.
I enjoyed a moment with the music. it refreshed me. On I go with a balance of rest and the tasks at hand.

Denise said...

Praying for you dear.

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Amen! Thank you for this wonderful reminder today of His promises. May we never take them for granted.

Karen said...

Beautiful picture to go with that precious scripture...I loved what you wrote..."He lovingly holds all the pieces of our lives together today, and has a great and perfect plan for our tomorrow."...Amen!

MyJourneyBack said...

What a lovely reminder. Thanks for the lovely illustration and the post.
Thanks for sharing today and for coming by and visiting.
Have a Blessed Thursday,
Sherry

From the Heart said...

A beautiful verse and the writing you did along with it is very encouraging.

Amydeanne said...

oh doesn't that look like a perfect place to rest! great verse & photo susan!

charread09.wordpress.com said...

Beautiful picture and scripture. So good to know that He is my shield and strength--the shield to twart the firey darts and the strength to stand when I feel faint. God bless!

SnoWhite said...

Amen!

I've heard such wonderful things about the Esther study ... so thankful that it spoke to your heart.

Jenifer said...

Beautiful!!! He is my strength and my shield!!

Happy WFW!!

vunhome said...

I love the verse. Blessings!

Pia said...

praising God along with you. beautiful verse!

My Family Daily Adventure said...

Beautiful posts Susan and Amen for that verse. Thanks for sharing it.

Laurencita said...

Amen! a beautiful verse for reminders. I have also a book by Beth Moore, I love it.

Laureen said...

Amen! God has a perfect plan for us.

luvmy4sons said...

Hello Susan...always good stuff here at your bless. Hope you are well and your many sons too! Blessings sweet sister.

Denise said...

Praying for you this morning and sending the spirit of peace for your life... I love the book of Esther and great lessons can be learned from that woman..... Can you imagine walking up to her one day and chatting about her life.. Hard to imagine but that day is coming..... Tears will be wiped away and joy will be eternal...

JesuLalaine said...

amen!! beautiful verse!

Kaye Swain said...

A lovely photo to illustrate one of my favorite verses. Thank you :)

Lynn said...

Praying!
II Corinthians 1:3-4: Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
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Sherry said...

What a beautiful picture and verse! Sounds like a wonderful Bible study.

Lynn said...

Continuing to pray!
II Samuel 22:29-33 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God? God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
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