The Blogger Herself

The Blogger Herself

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Abundant does not equal easy!

Hello Readers:

I hope you won't mind if I talk about my life a little. How ironic to begin this way when my last post was about how life is not about us lol. I plan still write about day 2 of PDL at some point, because it is such an encouragement!

I was reading in the book and It was about Romans 8:28 "For we know that all things work together for the good of those who love him, and are called according to His Purpose." We don't just feel that all things work together for our good, in fact we may not feel like things are working out at all, but that is when we begin to really know, believe and trust even when our emotions are saying otherwise. God never promised us easy lives. In fact, it is clear that as Christian Jesus tells us our lives will be many things, but easy is not one of them. It is hard for me to understand the difference between the words abundant and easy. Jesus did promise us abundant life, but never an easy one. See John 10:10 See John 16:33 and John Chapter 17. It is funny how our sinful ideas of the abundant life is so vastly different from his Holy ideal of life to the full It comes back to the fact that his thoughts are higher than ours, and his ways are greater than ours. Isa. 55:9. God never said everything that happens to us will be" good" He does say that everything that happens to us even the bad things he will and can use for our ultimate good! There are conditions to this promise. It only applies to authentic believers, who love God. Real Christians will love Jesus, not perfectly, but we will love him, sometimes sadly more than others times. Jesus said if we love him we will keep his commandments. My idea of abundant life is being married without CP, and maybe having children, and being an author and speaker, but God's idea of my abundant life is far better than my false ideal. His abundant for me is not always easy, or what I think I want, but his plan and purpose for me always is to mold and make us to be like Christ, and it is best! So what do you think is your ideal vision of your personal abundant life? How does your false ideal differ from God's real abundant life? Are these the same for you? Thanks for letting me share! I'm glad God's plans are to prosper us by his standards and not ours. I'll post a picture of my Meg Ryan Haircut soon! Thanks for reading. I'm going to eat my supper! I am so thankful for the wonderful church service today, and such an ecouraging yet convicting sermon!