5 Reasons Why I Loved Reading ‘God Has a Plan for Your Life’

5 Reasons Why I Loved Reading ‘God Has a Plan for Your Life’

Hi there! Happy Tuesday to you. ❤ I hope you’re doing well! Earlier today, I finished reading the first book I’ve completed this month, and I’d really like to tell you guys all about it!

On one of my many browsing adventures on Amazon (haha), I came across some books I haven’t read yet by the pastor and author, Dr. Charles F. Stanley. His teaching has been a huge encouragement to me for years, which is why I ended up buying the book I’m talking about today: God Has a Plan for Your Life. Many of Dr. Stanley’s other books looked really great, as well, but I knew that this one was definitely the one the Lord would use to speak to my heart – and He truly did!

So, allow me to tell you why I ended up loving this book. ❤

1. It is the perfect length. At only 148 pages, I thought at first glance that it would be too short of a read, but I was wrong! It definitely packed a punch, and I’ve walked away from its ten quick chapters feeling beautifully different about my life.

2. Its focus is right where it should be. Everything Dr. Stanley wrote about is full of truth, and the basis of his advice is centered, as always, in the Holy Bible – which is absolutely true! I loved seeing what he had to say about the future of believers, because I long for the security of faith in a future of goodness for me and my family. I deeply struggle with that because of fear and anxiety filling my thoughts when it comes to what the Lord has for me. This book, I can confidently say, calmed my heart immensely. ❤

3. He stressed the importance of taking life one step at a time. When I’m constantly focused on figuring out what is to come, then I have completely thrown away the present! It’s an awful mistake, and one I didn’t realize I was making – until now. I am thankful for Dr. Stanley’s godly wisdom, for I have thought for too long that the best times of my life lie ahead. With that mindset, then where am I right now?

I desire to live beautifully right heretrusting the Lord to lead and guide me, showing me what to do next in His timing.

4. He reminds readers that waiting on the Lord is an essential aspect of our future. We live in a day and age where everyone is able to receive most, if not all, of what they want, in a very short amount of time. Because we’re used to everything being quick, it’s hard (for me especially) to remember just how perfect the Lord’s timing is. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought before, If the Lord would just give me an answer to [this question], then I’ll know I’m doing the right thing. The truth is, the Lord doesn’t delay in telling us what we need to know – when the time is right, we will know in our hearts for sure! By putting our trust in Him, this leads me to my final point:

5. I have been reminded that when we trust in the Lord, we are right where we’re supposed to be in His will. I still have so much to learn, but by being open to seeing when I have faulty ways of viewing things in my life, I’m able to take so many steps forward! I hope and pray the same is true for you. There will be many quiet days in all of our lives, when we wonder if where we are is where we are supposed to be … and only through the peace that He gives us will we know that for certain. I now know that even in the most silent of moments of my existence, He is still good, and His plan for me is still very much there.

Thank you for reading this quick review! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book, because I’m still slowly letting everything that it taught me to soak in. I’m truly looking forward to seeing where the Lord is leading me – I know that He will accomplish great things in my future!

Have I convinced YOU to read this book?

Let me know in the comments below!

— Maggie

Missions Monday – Part Five | Trusting In The Lord

Missions Monday – Part Five | Trusting In The Lord

Hey guys, and happy Monday! ❤ I hope that your week is getting off to a fantastic start. 🙂 If you live in the US, how was your Thanksgiving break? My family and I had a relaxing weekend at home, which we all enjoyed spending together. ❤ My mom has been out of the hospital for one week now, and she’s on mild bed-rest. Overall, she’s doing much better, and we’re very thankful she’s home! Now, let’s check out today’s post.

I have the next part of my Missions Monday series to share with you! If you’re new to this series, you can read the rest of the posts here. Today, I’ll be talking about trusting in the Lord when it comes to my future in missions. ❤ I hope that you enjoy!


The Easiest Thing

In January of this year – nearly eleven months ago – the Lord revealed to me a specific part of my future. I knew, without doubt, deeply in my heart, that I would serve Him in Guatemala someday.

By someday, I mean just that – I have no date whatsoever; just a knowing that He will get me there when I am meant to be.

This may make my situation look like a hard one to bear. Isn’t it hard not knowing when, how, or even why? I briefly wonder these same things myself. However, as I mentioned in this section of the post, it has turned out to be quite possibly the easiest thing for me to spiritually bear. ❤

“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

From the exact moment that I knew Guatemala was in my future, I also knew, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the situation was safe in His hands. It took some time to get used to, and I still think about it usually at some point every day … but I don’t have to surrender it to Him like I would if it wasn’t already in His controls.

I can’t tell you how much it blesses me to know that He has a plan – I just have to trust Him. That is easy because of the peace He has given me. ❤ Because of this peaceful situation, however, it has gotten me thinking about the faith I exhibit (or don’t) in other areas of my life.

The Struggle Elsewhere

Any time I am met with a new stressful situation, I first initially deal with it. By the end of the day, I have already brought it before the Lord at least once, talking it through and asking that He be with me and my family. It depends on the situation, all involved, the duration and intensity, etc., but a recent example I have is when my mom was in the hospital over last weekend.

My first three responses were to care for the house, watch my little siblings, and trust Him with our lives. It slowly went downhill from there.

You see, when we trust in the Lord, we’re really bringing a situation to Him, trusting that everything will go well because He wants the best for us, and leaving it at that. We are devastated when things go ‘wrong,’ as they often do.

It is extremely discouraging when you pray for something (i.e. my mom to stay at the hospital only one night) and the exact opposite – or worse – happens (i.e. she stayed three). Our faith flies out the window. It deflates. We stop in our tracks. We question Him, read His Word, and wonder where He is.

I remember laying in bed one of those nights and wondering why He would put us through that high-emotional stress situation. I tried to console myself with the knowledge that even when we don’t get what we pray for, He still loves us and has good reasons for allowing trials and hardship … but I still had a hard time holding on. Few other times have I reached such a hard time in my life. However, I must let you know that through all the pain, in the midst of my mistakes and sorrow, He taught me so much.

First, He draws us close when we are hurting. Even when I doubted that the situations that kept unfolding were part of His will for our lives, I continually knew that He was right there, watching over us and keeping us. I just read a verse in Proverbs last week that I hadn’t noticed before, and it ends with this: “…[even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him].” (16:33) This floored me because I always find myself wondering if the Lord realizes what I’m going through and how situations are making me feel, which is crazy because He certainly does. However, it’s a beautiful reminder to know for sure that everything we go through, regardless of how ‘accidental’ it seems, is ordained by Him. ❤

Second, our faith does grow when we trust in Him. I just mentioned in a recent post that our trust in Him strengthens when we rest in His will. Here’s an excerpt from that post: “You really don’t know what faith is until all you can do is trust in Him. When everything in your life depends on His will … it’s crazy watching yourself begin to trust in Him more and more. Amidst the chaos, it is an absolutely beautiful thing.”

Looking back, I realize how much I was hurting emotionally at the time of writing that paragraph … but I was still able to praise Him. Yes, struggles are uncomfortable, and can be frightening at times, but with the Lord by our side – it’s unlike anything I’ve ever known.


Thank you so much for reading, guys! I’ve been wanting to write a post like this since around the time my mom got out of the hospital two weekends ago, because I believe that my faith did grow through that hardship, even when I didn’t think it was. ❤

If you are going through something right now that is stressing you out and is increasingly hard to bear, the Lord is there for you. ❤ And if you ever need someone to talk to, my Contact page is always open. (:

Wishing you all a beautiful week!

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Missions Monday – Part Four | Thoughts On My Future in Missions

Missions Monday – Part Four | Thoughts On My Future in Missions

Hi guys! I hope that your week has gotten off to a beautiful start. (: Yesterday evening, I decided that I wanted to put up a post today (last second decision, I know, haha), so here I am with the fourth addition to Missions Monday. ❤ Since I only do these posts on a particular day of the week, and because I had the desire on my heart to share something missions-related with you, I have written about some of my thoughts on my future in missions for today’s post. I hope that you enjoy!


Thoughts On My Future in Missions

From the first day of this year, I have been thinking about missions.

It was difficult for me not to after knowing so deeply within my heart that the mission field was in my future.

I’ve prayed for and thought about the days to come; I have dreamed of Guatemala (as you all know by now, haha) … and I’ve wondered again and again just how much missions will impact and form my future.

I still don’t know much. After ten full months of dwelling on this aspect of my life, you’d think that I might have a bit more information by now. No, I don’t. But I do believe that the Lord has been preparing me emotionally and spiritually this entire year, which blesses me exceedingly. However, this has not taken me globally closer to Guatemala, nor has it defined when this trip might happen … or for how long.

The main question that has surfaced in my thoughts recently is this: are mission trips part of my future, or will they make up my future?

I believe I should be able to base the next few years of my life around this answer.

You see, if mission trip/s to Guatemala are simply something I will do as an adult, then I can look at it as being part of my future – an exciting aspect of my life that will be beautiful while it lasts, but not continue. On the other hand, if they’re meant to occur frequently in my life, or are a constant aspect of my future, I will need to make more room for them and take other things into consideration.

It isn’t my desire for the hobbies that I have or for the projects I’m focusing on to get in the way of any mission work (and anything else) that the Lord has called me to do.

I am including the question I presented to you in my prayers and seeking His will. I know and trust that He will guide me – He is always faithful. ❤ The reason I wanted to talk about this was to help me see my future from two separate angles, to be mentally prepared for either to manifest themselves in my life.

I think that the main reason I’m wanting to prepare myself is so that I may have a positive mindset, which will allow me to take everything in stride. Regardless of whether or not missions are to be part of or consist of my whole future, I still love language-learning, I cherish every moment I have with my family, I’m following the Lord wherever He leads me, and I would love to go to college, get married and have a family. (Preferably in that order on the last three facts, but may His will be done, haha)

I am constantly learning, guys. No matter what happens, I’m praying to have the ability to consistently place my life, along with every worry and doubt, before the One Who has my heart.

Thank you so much for reading, guys! I hope that you enjoyed following along on this post. I surely enjoyed writing it. xx

I’ll see all of you tomorrow!

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