Wednesday, February 16, 2011

But God! ~ By Jenifer of Sweet Blessings

As Author of Sweet Blessings, Jenifer writes about personal experiences or simply things God is laying on her heart. She started Sweet Blessings in August of 2010 after deciding to become a woman who says yes to God. Jenifer is a wife and mother of four. She enjoys caring for her home and family as well as homeschooling. Jenifer leads women's ministry, co-leads the outreach ministry with her husband and helps the children's ministry in her church. Head over to Jenifer's blog and let her know you enjoyed this post.

But God!

“’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.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

“But Mom!” Those two words, always drawn out in a long whine, can grate on a mother’s nerves. But we’ve all heard them. Already today I have heard, “but mom, I want soda not water,” “but mom, I don’t want to go outside and play I want to watch tv,” “but mom, why can’t I watch a PG13 movie,” “but mom I did that yesterday, it’s her turn today.” I could go on and on. We know the reasons we have for telling our kids to do or not to do something. We know that a PG13 movie will have things that are not appropriate for them. We know that they need water not soda. They may not realize it, but as a parent we always have their best interest at heart.

“But God!” How many times have we said that? Maybe when God asks us to give our last twenty dollars to bless someone else. Or when God asks us to teach a Sunday School class of wild teenagers. Or how about when God tells us to witness to a cranky neighbor. How many times has God told us to do something and our response has been, “but God!” God always has our best interests at heart. He created us and He has plans for us. Plans to prosper us, not to harm us, as in Jeremiah 29:11. God sees a future that we can not. He has plans for us that we may not fully realize yet. I don’t know about everyone else but I want to be a woman that says yes to God in everything He asks of me. So let’s stop whining to God and start saying yes!


Lisa said...

I hate to admit that I have said, "But God" in the past. I don't want to do that anymore. From now on, I want to be a woman who says YES to everything God has planned for me.

Allison said...

OK- Yes!

Cindy said...

Very well expressed! You are so right, Jen. God really does have our best interests at heart.
Love and hugs, Cindy

Kelli said...

"woman that says yes to God in everything He asks of me. So let’s stop whining to God and start saying yes." I want to be the woman He designed me to be...a woman who says "yes." I love it!! I like the analogy "but mom!?" I have heard that before!:)

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

Thank you Jenifer... I needed to hear this today. We all fall into the "But God?!?!" trap, but we need to remember that He's always got our best interests at heart, even when they don't seem obvious to us.

Have a Blessed Day!