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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Monday, July 22, 2013

God's Hand

“Everything around you that you call life, was made up by people who are no smarter than you.”  Steve Jobs

You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:13

Interpose:  “to bring (influence, action, etc.) to bear between parties, or on behalf of a party or person.”

Sometimes it’s not so easy to see God in our lives.  Sometimes He doesn’t seem to be present or available.  Sometimes it’s easy to wonder if He cares, or even exists.  But do you know what’s even easier?  Ignoring Him while He’s present.  Speaking for myself, I often miss the signs that He’s near.  I often disregard the way He works in my life.  I often pass off His miracles for coincidences or facts of nature.  Take for example the cup of coffee I had this morning.  I needed it!  I often, or should I say, always need a cup of coffee in the morning before I feel like I can really get going.  Now let’s go back to this years season of Lent.  It was my first time observing it, and it had a profound impact on my life and how I view Jesus and God’s grace.  This past year for Lent I chose to give up drinking anything but water.  That means no coffee.  I specifically chose to give up those things because I felt I relied on coffee and wanted to give that reliance up to God.  An amazing thing happened.  Not once did I need a cup of coffee.  In fact I had more energy than I had had in a long time.  It was a miracle.  But what did I do with the miracle.  I chalked it up to a physiological learning experience.  I talked about how caffeine doesn’t really help with energy.  That it merely creates a vicious circle of reliance that it seems impossible to break free of.  I forgot that I specifically asked God to give me energy and that He fulfilled my need.  During those forty days of Lenten fasting I did not need coffee, or any other type of stimulant.  I had energy to spare.  This morning, I needed coffee, just like every other morning.  How many miracles go un-noticed in our lives?  We read the Bible and want to strangle the people we see clearly turning away from God, while at the same time we don’t even consider that God could possibly be wielding His power in our lives.  Many believers disparage atheists for ever thinking that the world could come into being without a God, while we refuse to believe God could have a purpose for our lives.  We pass on His purpose to missionaries, evangelists, or our pastor and don’t see that He is calling us as well.  If you believe in God and that He sent His Son to die for our sins on a cross, and that on the third day He rose from the grave to ensure our salvation, YOU ARE CALLED.  He is working in your life.  He is performing miracles as you read this.  He is still God.  And He is in control.  If we could just move past our power-tripped human ego we could see that there is so much more at work than coincidence and physics.  God is at work.  His love is at work in our lives, whether we choose to see it or not.  When God told the Israelites, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.”  He told them through the prophet Jeremiah while they we’re exiled in Babylon.  It came in the midst of a message that they should be content to be prisoners of the Babylonians.  That in their hardship, He was near.  It came right after the famous promise, “‘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 hope and a future.’”  Jeremiah 29:11  So whatever is going on in our lives.  God is there.  He is able to bring joy in the darkest circumstances and peace in the most troubling times.  And when He does, may we pray that we don’t miss the miracle He’s worked in our lives.  And if I may add to what Steve Jobs said about life.  Everything around us we call life may have been made by people no smarter than us, but it was made with the guidance of God’s hand.  

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

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