One of my favorite shows growing up was the “A-Team!” I loved to hear Hannibal, the leader of the group with a cigar in one side of his mouth utter these words out of the other side of his mouth: “I Love It When A Plan Comes Together!” This is just how I feel a lot of Sunday mornings when we gather together to fellowship with each other, worship our Creator and minister to the world.
It does not all work exactly the way that we planned it, but enough of the plan works for us to be able to see the mighty hand of our God moving to touch and grow our lives! This morning started out very special with many of the Northwood family joining together for our first of many fellowship breakfasts. It was so amazing to see children, teenagers, adults and senior adults coming together to begin a great day of worship and service. I love to see the smiles on the faces and hearing the conversations and laughter. I believe this is worship without our even trying to worship!
We then had eight of our classes embark on a new journey of seeking to understand how God works through all situations, both good and bad to accomplish amazing and mighty things in our lives. The discussion was meaningful, the insights were pure and the challenge was clear.
Worship began with a really neat video that had to make you think! I am so thankful that I have a Savior, Who did for me what I could not do for myself! We then were treated to an extra special miracle, when a little girl who just three years ago, we were not sure that she would live and if she did live, it could be with very serious limitations. today that little girl stood in front of the congregation that prayed and ask God for a miracle and sang with all of her heart to give her God and healer the glory! Thank to the Stewart and Wilborn families for working together to share a very special treat with the Northwood family.
The praise team and choir did another excellent job of using music to guide us into the presence of the author and giver of AMAZING GRACE! What a blessing to see and hear smiling faces, raised hands and united voices giving praise to where praise is due! Very thankful for the men and women who take time out of their schedule each week to be a vital part of a very important team .
God wants to write an amazing story in and upon your life. The devil wants to write a destructive story about your life. If you are reading this, then the good news is: There is still time to write an amazing story!
Today, God began the process of trying to help us to think by challenging us and hopefully inspiring and encouraging us to make some commitments that will change everything.
Life does not always work the way you plan it and for this very reason, it is easy to get discouraged. But often, when we get to the end of ourselves, then we get to the beginning of God and the amazing plans that He has for our lives.
Many times in the living of our life, God will initiate change. We tend to miss this change, because we don’t want to see it or because we are so caught up in our own stuff. Jesus invites you to invite Him to take you on the RIDE OF YOUR LIFE, which means that you have a choice to make.
You have to decide to trust what you know or step out on faith. Stepping out on faith, allows God to show up and do things that cannot be explained. God gets the glory and all of us live in the blessing. This is not an easy way or place to live!
You have to move out of your comfort zone! It will not be easy to move out of your comfort zone. It is going to be hard, but hard is not impossible for the child of God! God can do, will do, has done and is doing the incredible, unexplainable and amazing!
Moving out of your comfort zone takes time. It does not happen instantly. The good things take time. The amazing story that God wants to write in, upon and through your life can’t happen with instant gratification, but it can happen with continued faith and trust in the One who made you and keeps you made!
Jesus wants to do outrageous, amazing and unexplainable things in our lives! What are the dreams you dream, prayers your pray and hopes you grow? God has made you to live an amazing story, but you have to be willing to step out of your self-written and limited story and into the amazing story that God has been writing for all eternity!
We all have work to do and God is here willing to help us to help ourselves for His glory and man’s blessing!