There's Our Plans And There's God's Plans

There's Our Plans And There's God's Plans

For When We Must Trust God's Plan Over Ours

The future can be a complicated topic to talk about. It can be somewhat scary and uncomfortable to be unsure as to what the future will hold for us. As humans, we like and are more comfortable with things that are familiar to us. We enjoy things that we can control and there is nothing wrong with that. This is why we plan our future - to be prepared and to feel like we have somewhat of a control over what will happen in the future. We plan our career paths, when we have to be in and out of college, when we plan to propose or get married, where we will live and work years from now, etc.

Now, don't misunderstand me - there is nothing wrong with planning for the future. It is actually encouraged. I myself have plans to become a doctor, to get married, to eventually go back to work in Puerto Rico, etc. However, we must also understand that God may have different plans for our lives. It is hard for many of us to think that after all the hard work and effort we have put and will put into our future plans, God may have something else in mind.

The Bible is full of accounts of people who had big plans in mind and then God changed them. Galatians and Acts show us how Paul actually persecuted Christians. He had plans to arrest and persecute Christians in Damascus when all of the sudden Jesus himself appeared before him. From that moment on, Paul became one of the greatest pillars of Christianity and probably the reason many of us today have heard of Christ.

Also, 2 Kings 5 tells the story of a Syrian general who had leprosy. He hears that the prophet Elisha in Israel can heal him and so he begins planning. He planned to get the king's approval, travel to Elisha, Elisha would pray over him, and whether or not he would be healed he would return to Syria to continue the war. Instead, when he gets to the prophet he is greeted by a messenger (not the great prophet he had hoped for). The messenger tells him to wash himself in the Jordan River seven times to be healed.

Take a moment to understand what is probably going through the general's mind. He had every right to simply turn around and go home to what he wanted to do and was used to. However, this general and great soldier of the Syrian army takes a leap of faith and follows the instructions and washes himself seven times in the filthy Jordan River.

Ok, yes, their plans din't work out, but what does that have to do with me? The point is that God has better plans in mind. There is our plans and there's God's plans, and we have the choice to be humble enough and to have enough faith to accept His plan for our lives. Many people don't like the idea that God doesn't just let us do what we want and think is best.

However, It is comforting to me not only does God give us the choice to trust His plans, but that the God who created the universe - the who cares for me and loves me, who knows the future, who knows everything, and who knows what He's doing - that He has a plan for my life better than anything I can plan for myself.

Morgan Freeman (who plays God) and Steve Carell (who plays Evan Baxter) illustrate this perfectly in the movie Evan Almighty. Here is a clip that shows a bit of how God's plans and ours may conflict, but ultimately God knows best.

May we trust in the Lord through all of our days.

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An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.

They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

You're thoughtful.

Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

You don't need a big, fancy, and expensive date night to make you happy. Whether it's a picnic on the beach or a night in watching a movie, you're happy to just be with the person that you love. You appreciate every "good morning" text, and it truly does mean something when someone asks how you are. You tend to appreciate the person that you're with more than the things that they provide and for that, your sincerity will never go unnoticed.

You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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Beto O'Rourke Is Already Dominating The 2020 Presidential Race And He Just Announced He Is Running

In 24 hours, Beto O'Rourke is in the lead of the 2020 presidential election


Who is Beto O'Rourke? He's basically ahead of all other candidates running in the presidential 2020 campaign!

Don't believe me? Well, based off of contributions, he is ahead. He beat Bernie Sanders by receiving $6.1 million dollars in the first 24 hours of the campaign.

Bernie Sanders received $6 million in contributions and after a week that number raised to $10 million dollars.

Rourke & Sanders have received the largest contributions in the shortest amount of time. Beto O' Rourke's numbers are just rising so look out to see if he has the largest lead.

Why is so far ahead and gaining all of this attention?

Beto O'Rourke gained recognition for running against Ted Cruz in the 2018 Midterms in Texas. He was the rising Democratic star. his campaign gained national attention.

Just like Bernie Sanders, he got the attention of the younger generation. Celebrities like Travis Scott were posting up with Rourke and endorsing him, leading to more voters. He even has an extremely large social media following where he gets sort of up close and personal.

Even though Rourke lost, it was a tight race which is remarkable for a primarily red/republican state.

This family man has been asked ever since the race to run. Even though he lost, clearly that doesn't steer people away.

What does Beto O'Rourke stand for? He stands for the legalization of marijuana, clean energy (solar and wind) to fight climate change, expansion on gun control, LGBT rights, pro-choice and advocates for improvements on the Affordable Care Act.

His biggest stance is on immigration. "We know that walls do not save lives. Walls end lives," he said in a border rally that competed with one of Mr. Trump's nearby rallies. "In the last 10 years, more than 4,000 children women and men have died trying to come to this country to work jobs that no one will take, to be with a family member, to flee horrific violence, brutality, and death."

It's crazy how candidates for presidential and state elections are gaining so much attention and it's almost a trend. In a primarily red state, Beto gained attention from millennials everywhere and got national recognition leading to him running for president, that's how many people liked him and what he had to say. It's another Bernie Sanders. BUT they're different.

Bernie Sanders is very left winged. A lot of the right-wing people hate Bernie Sanders because of his stance on socialism. Beto O'Rourke can relate to the millennials and the older generation without being "too progressive and socialist." He still stands for traditional democratic values and some progressive newer democratic stances as well.

With all of the announced candidates so far, Rourke has gained quite a bit of recognition. It seems like this presidential race will go pretty well for him.

It's too early to tell and many other candidates are still throwing their hats into the ring, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who keeps hinting that he might be running in the 2020 presidential race.

With all of these big players joining the game or the election, what are Donald Trump's chances at winning?

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