There is A Plan For You.

There is A Plan For You.

10:26 PM. Document 43. 0 words.

 

Sometimes when I write, I have a clear focus of where I’m going. I have some fantastic quotes in my head, Bible verses for reference, blog posts to link to, anecdotes that I’m dying to share, and a great idea for graphic design.

 

Other times, I sit at my computer after a long day of school, karate, music binging, and a favorite show on Netflix, and bore a hole through my eyeballs from staring at the white screen and blinking cursor.

 

I can converse with people over text all day. Not that I do, but that I don’t run out of things to say and it feels so simple. So easy. So great.

 

And then there’s my blog. I love it to death. I love writing, I love my readers, I love being so involved. But sometimes, my words just won’t write, and too bad for me that I created this thing called a schedule, which ties me down to writing twice a week. And half the time, I have no idea what I’m doing.

 

And a lot of times, I feel like that with my life in general.

 

I know how to do a lot of things. I end up doing a lot of things. But sometimes I wonder: am I really doing things that matter? Do I really know what I’m doing? Should I be doing better things? Should I be better at the things I choose to do?

 

It’s a frustrating feeling.

 

As I wrote in a recent post, Don’t Regret Where You Are, I want each and every person alive to know that your life is not a mistake. We can’t go around second-guessing what we’re doing (unless we’re doing something obviously wrong, but that’s a totally different blog post for another day). If God has placed us somewhere, why should we think that we’re not good enough, not lovable enough, or not equipped enough?

 

I have to address those questions in my mind that make me think that I’m doing something wrong, the thoughts that question the talents God has given me, the ones that question the opportunities God has clearly placed before me. Who am I to question God’s perfect plans?

 

I might not always feel like I know what I’m doing – in fact, most times I don’t. I don’t always feel smart, or strong, or gifted. I get lost in my plans for the future. I don’t even hold the plans.

 

But you know who does?

 

Exactly. God does.

 

2 Samuel 22:31

 

“This God—his way is perfect;

the word of the Lord proves true;

he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.”

 

Jeremiah 29:11-13

 

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

 

God’s plans for us are perfect.

 

If you’re like me and you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing, turn to God.

 

Proverbs 16:9

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

 

It’s alright. God is the one in control, not us. God leads us where we need to go. He wants what is best for us.

 

The question is not “Am I doing the right thing?” but “How can I be faithful in this thing that I’m in?” Let us not neglect to do all for the glory of God – and use His strength to accomplish what He sets before us.

 

I’m still learning this, as I finish this post past midnight. I’ve written over 700 words.

 

As that question inches into my mind and laces my thoughts with apprehension and self-doubt, the question of “Should I even post this?” I’m pushing it away. Who knows where my blog will reach, who it’ll speak to, or even if the only one learning anything from it is me. It doesn’t matter.

 

It doesn’t matter if I have a hundred thousand followers or two hundred total.

 

All that matters is that I’m speaking the message God has given me.

 

And that is true of every one of you. Don’t second-guess your platforms. Use them to bring people to our Savior. Let us show the world what grace truly looks like.

 

12:30 AM. “There is A Plan For You.” 767 words.

 

Until next time,

 

*aj

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14 thoughts on “There is A Plan For You.

  1. No matter how much we live, how much we do, struggle, doubt, wonder, or worry, it is so reassuring that our lives do not have to be confined to randomness that just ends in death. We were loved, and are loved by God who gave Jesus his son for us, (John 3:16), believing and really trusting Him for that, changes everything.

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  2. Thank you Amanda for using your platform to share what God puts on your heart, with the world. You have a way of writing that is gentle and speaks to your us readers, right where we are.
    I find that I feel the same way. Our family has been given a special needs child and sometimes…(ok so maybe umm… daily) I wonder if I’m doing all the right things to help him keep making progress. Thanks for your reminder to be faithful to what God has called me to do and to be all in, not second guessing but praying for wisdom and then putting one foot in front of the other moving forward in action. Not staying stuck, afraid to act!
    Keep walking the path God puts in front of you. Use your platform to bring Him glory! Great encouragement. Thanks.
    Xo Mom

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    • Thank you for your encouragement! Believe me, you are doing wonderfully with him, and he is making a lot of progress. 😉 And thank you for that reminder of sticking with my blog, I needed to hear it. ❤

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  3. I know how you was feeling. Sometimes we think our pains don’t worth it. In last week I was thinking about it, and I stopped all things I was doing. I was not hearing the God’s voice, and my life was so boring. In last day of 2015 I spoke to myself: “I want to change my life. I want to live for the God’s glory”, but in last week I saw I didn’t what I promised to myself and to my God. Sometimes I sit to write a post to my blog too, and I think: “Lord, who am I to say what I’m saying? How can I say about hope and piece if my soul lives in chaos?”. And everytime I think things like this, I remember what one of my favorites songs says: “Your voice I can hear telling to me calm down. Nothing, nothing is lost. Everything will be new”. (If you can hear, I can put the link, but it’s in Portuguese).

    I say in a post I will publish tomorrow in my blog that we can use the little things we do everyday to show the God’s glory. Make then “little ministries”. I believe that when God is center on our life then it’s worth it.

    The first time I visited your blog, I felt a big piece and I thought: “God is here”. So, don’t stop write. God uses you.

    See you
    Bye o/

    (Ignore the last comment. I don’t learned to use WordPress :v )

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    • Karina, thanks again for commenting! I love your wisdom. 😉 Our lives are so worth living, when, like you said, we give glory to God in every small thing we do. I looked up the lyrics to that song (in English, because I only know some Spanish but not Portuguese) and I liked it. It’s a great encouragement!
      You are so sweet. I am so touched by what you said: “God is here.” Wow.
      Thank you again! Blessings.

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  4. The question is not “Am I doing the right thing?” but “How can I be faithful in this thing that I’m in?”

    Okay, wow. That is such an important reminder to me. (It sounds like what we were talking about with the “is this a sin?” thing too!) Instead of sitting around wondering “Am I doing the right thing? Is this the right path? Am I messing something up?” I should just be faithful to do whatever it is I’m doing to the glory of God, and then I will be doing the right thing. And He will move me to something else if He has a different plan. 🙂

    Thanks as usual!

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    • (It does sound like that! I think I tend to repeat myself on a lot of themes…)
      Oh, yes, definitely! I think it can be difficult to stay on top of and remember the fact that there is no clear-cut “right-or-wrong” path for our lives specifically (doctor, or janitor, or writer, it’s all good) and instead we should seek to glorify God and bring others to Him.
      Exactly. 🙂

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