If God says no to our requests, it’s because His glory matters more than our preferences. ~ Max Lucado
As previously mentioned, we are at the lake for the summer. We love it here- there is something so refreshing about simplicity for a little while. It is not necessary to wear make-up, get my regular highlights, put on anything that isn't comfortable, blow dry my hair, dress the girls for the day...things like that! It is so nice to not watch TV (I am on book #3 for the summer), to actually listen to music, invest time and really play with the girls, catch up with friends, etc.. that being said, there isn't much else going on! Since we are feeling a bit cooped up in this heat we decided to make a big outing to Pizza Hut (that is one of 3 restaurant options in this area!). As we entered, Ellie noticed that..gasp...there were new options in the little quarter toy capsule vending machines! Both girls immediately started begging for the plastic (if you could even call it plastic) necklace that looks like it would fall apart upon removal from the capsule. I told them we would sit down and discuss the options. We were seated and I discovered that I did not have any change or dollars to get change. It just wasn't an option tonight. You would have thought I took away the air Ellie was breathing, it was tragic! Because they have been so good today (I have had a cold and they have taken good care of me) I decided to offer the option of a glow necklace at the grocery store, frankly, a MUCH better offer (obviously short on options). She couldn't seem to get past the cheap vending option, which left me no choice but to remove her options all together. This whole scenario made me so frustrated, I wish her sweet little mind could understand that I was TRYING TO BLESS HER!!! I was trying to go above and beyond her small-minded request and give her "riches" far beyond her expectations. It reminded me of how we are with the Lord. We get so stuck in our "wishes" and our desires and get so frustrated when we don't get what we want- and the Lord says- if you just wait on me and my plan, I will bless you above and beyond anything you could ever request. It is always the times in my life that I open my hands to his plan and patiently wait in His perfect timing that I am blown away by His blessings. Yes, they often take longer than I would like, but SO worth the wait! So, just to encourage you today- don't get hung up on the cheap vending necklace- the Lord wants you to trust him for THE GLOW NECKLACE!! Or even better- he might even hook you up with a little David Yurman! (not literal of course!) If he hasn't answered your prayer yet, prepare yourself and open yourself up to His plan..guaranteed it will be a lot better. Matthew 6:33 says, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Just seek Him and don't worry about the want! One more thing- how sweet is it when your little one shows sincere gratitude for a blessing..AMAZING...dont forget to praise Him for His glorious riches He has blessed you with!
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it's the Lord's purpose that prevails.
Jeremiah 29: 11 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.
Isaiah 30:18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!