Welcome to April and welcome (back) to my Words of Encouragement blog. I’m thrilled that so many of you have been reading and commenting here for the month of March; I’m hoping to catch up with replying to all your wonderful comments and then log another full month of posts!
It’s all about “planning your work and working your plan.”
So here we go for the first set of devotions for April. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day at my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“I don’t believe we should be vague and thoughtless, merely getting up daily and waiting to see what happens. People who have this mentality rarely accomplish anything; they are usually frustrated and unfulfilled. Have a plan and work your plan. Be disciplined with your plan unless God shows you something else He wants you to do.
I encourage you to take charge of your life. Don’t let life manage you; you manage it! Be careful about making excuses–they rob people of their destiny more than any other thing. A great confidence booster is to feel that you are doing with your life what you know you should be doing.
Pray: Lord, I want to take charge of my life. I know that starts with my relationship with You. I seek to know You and worship You above all else. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
“We see the waves of the water rather than the Savior walking through them. We focus on our paltry provisions rather than on the One who can feed five thousand hungry people.
We concentrate on the dark Fridays of crucifixion and miss the bright Sundays of resurrection.
Change your focus and relax. And while you are at it, change your schedule and rest!”
–Max Lucado in “Traveling Light”
-1- This is a great thought heading into this new month. Planning my work, working my plan. Taking charge of my life, instead of allowing life and all its circumstances control me.
-2- It’s so easy to focus on the negative instead of the positive; what a great line: “We concentrate on the dark Fridays of crucifixion and miss the bright Sundays of resurrection.” Definitely time to change my focus!
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you believe in the idea of planning your work and working your plan? Do you struggle with life and circumstances sometimes overwhelming you?
What do you think of that phrase? “We concentrate on the dark Fridays of crucifixion and miss the bright Sundays of resurrection.”