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A Custom Built Home

  • "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11'13 WEB.

    My Dad was a lifelong carpenter, and I used to help him build custom homes. Today I wish that I had paid more attention. When Dad agreed to build a house, his first step was to go over the plans. How big will it be? How many floors? Where will the stairs go? How many windows will it have, and where are they located? Details like these need to be known ahead of time and planned out. There would need to be an electrical outlet for the stove in the kitchen and a water line for the shower in the bathroom.

    We began with a solid foundation and a big stack of lumber. The house was built a piece at a time, and everything had to follow a certain order. The roof could not come before the foundation, nor the wiring before a wall. The foundation was laid, then the floor, the walls, and the roof. The floor coverings should be installed last. The more the pieces came together, the more it looked like a house.

    People chose different colors. We built some gray houses, while others were yellow. As a young helper who knew nothing, I would often overlook some important detail, and Dad would have to step in and correct it. When it was completed, all the pieces formed a beautiful home, custom-built for the owners, and they loved it.

    God has laid out plans for our lives, and they are amazing. Plans to prosper us, to give us hope and a future, a good ending. No two of us are alike, so God takes each of us down our own path and at our own pace. As we walk with Him daily and follow the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit, our lives will come together and form something that will be beautiful to us.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some people love attending events and parties, but if you call and cancel your dinner plans with us, we will smile and silently thank God. Some people love to work in a flower garden all day, but not me. I love technology and gadgets. It's part of my gift set, and God built me like this for a purpose. To be happy, it's very important to be yourself like God intended. Your idea of heaven might be my hell. God knows this, and He builds each of our lives to fit our personalities. We can both love God and agree to disagree about our favorite color.

    The enemy also has plans for us, which are pretty much the opposite: to steal, kill, and destroy your life and your families. To divide and conquer. We all have to choose between the good and the bad, just like Adam and Eve. No one is exempt. Sure there is forgiveness, but you are always given a chance to not sin in the first place. God always provides a way out.

    "No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).

    If you choose Jesus and follow Him wholeheartedly, you will be happy with your life in the end. You may or may not die rich and famous, but your life will be full, and you will be satisfied with how your life turned out. It will fit you because God does have plans for you. If you work with Him a little each day to keep your life on course and allow Him to correct you, everything will be alright. Good things often take time but rest assured that everything is right on schedule.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for all that You are doing in my life. Please build me up, Lord, and craft me into the very best version of myself. Share Your wisdom with me and help me to see the big picture. I choose You today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: The FAAD group members (Fight Against Anxiety & Depression) today is"Feel Good Friday!". This event is about lifting up each other up! We all have times when we are weak, but together, we can get through it! We invite you to share anything that may have prompted a good feeling in your heart today. Even if you're having a bad day, perhaps look to encouraging scriptures, prayers or thoughts, and testimonies of God's work. Whether you are suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to help, all are welcome to join!: FAAD Group:


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, I thank You for all that You are doing in my life. Please build me up, Lord, and craft me into the very best version of myself. Share Your wisdom with me and help me to see the big picture. I choose You today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

Jan 12
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

Jan 12
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen ❣️Thank you, Lord Jesus ❣️

Jan 12
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozelledited: Jan 12

Amen!

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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Give me the patience to be the house you want me to be, I am willing! Thank you Father!

Jan 12
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

Jan 12
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you ???????? 

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

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Shara Abel
Shara Abel

Thank you for this encouraging and uplifting message! I have been tied up at the hospital with my sister since New Year's Eve, she is now out. Happy New Year to you and Silvia! 

Jan 12
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. I choose you Jesus. Thank you Father for working in my wife.. I'm seeing good changes. Thank you Jesus for the power of prayer.

Jan 12
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Andre Nobs
Andre Nobs

My significant other sent this to me this morning, and it reminds me of my Dad and me... it's my story. It shape me into who i am today. Following God is a part of that and being able to resist the devil's tricks. So days are harder than others but i persevere because God is on my side. 

Jan 12
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Thank You Father for Your perfect plans for my life!

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!! Amen!! Amen!!

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Jan 12
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Heavenly Father, I thank You for all that You are doing in my life. Please build me up, Lord, and craft me into the very best version of myself. Share Your wisdom with me and help me to see the big picture. I choose You today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I'm trusting you God. Save my Son Amen 

Jan 13
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Liza Mena
Liza Mena

Hallelujah

"it's very important to be yourself like God intended. Your idea of heaven might be my hell."  Amen thank you Jesus. I needed to hear this, especially coming out of a legalistic church where I had to dress a certain way, no trousers, no makeup, no jewelry, and everything was a sin and gave me anxiety God loves us and made us different not to look the same, dress the same think the same like a cult. Thank you Jesus for your freedom.

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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jan 14