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Beautiful Eternity

He [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)


The book of Ecclesiastes has thoughts and wisdom that I sometimes have trouble wrapping my mind around, but it also has certain verses that I can pluck out and cling to at certain times – and they’re exactly what I need to know.

Today’s verse is one of those for me. God made everything beautiful in its time – not my time or the world’s time, but in the time that God planned for it to be beautiful and perfect.

And I love the part about how God put eternity in our hearts. Isn’t that just a beautiful concept? God is eternal and wants us to be with Him – wants us to long to be with Him in eternity.

As happy as we might be or as perfect as things might seem, what we enjoy here on earth is barely a shadow of all the wonderful things God has for us in heaven someday. Of course, there’s also a flip side in life. As terrible or confusing or hard as things might seem, we can still hold to that same promise. Those things that hurt or that we don’t understand just help underscore the fact that God didn’t mean for us to spend eternity here. We’re travelers passing through, and someday we’ll look back and understand so much more than we do now.

That’s something I’m especially thankful for today.

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Also – be sure to come back on Wednesday, when I host my first guest blogger! Jodie Bailey will share about some things she’s learned lately in her writing journey. In the meantime, stop by Jodie’s website to learn a bit more about her and her writing.


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Monday Musings: Overcoming

[Jesus said,] “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Who knows what this week will hold? Who knows what things will happen to us on the brink of a new year? For that matter, who knows what will happen in the next half hour?

We don’t, which drives some people crazy. And yes, some days it drives me crazy too. I’m a planner by nature, which means I’m not always very good with shifting things around and going with the flow. Will I finish my novel this year and start on another? Will our son (and I) survive when he starts middle school in the fall? Will my family have a healthy year? Will my freelance business pick back up?

I hope the answer to all these (and more) questions is ‘yes,’ but I don’t know for certain that it will be. I don’t know what kinds of troubles are coming my way, but I don’t need to. I just need to rest in the knowledge that our awesome God is in control and can handle it for me. I just need to take each day as it comes and offer it up to the Lord. Because no matter how much I like to plot or plan or organize, He’s just so much smarter than me and knows everything I don’t.

So my goal this week as we start a new year is to take heart! The One who controls all of creation knows exactly what problems and challenges I’ll face and what their resolutions will be. What a relief to mark one thing off my perpetual to-do list and hand it off to Him.

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