My book, Bella Lucia, has been on a roller coaster ride climbing up and down the ranks on Amazon this week. At one point, I saw a pretty steady climb for at least six days straight. However, in the grand scheme of things, sometimes I wonder if it’s all worth it…this chasing after success and finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a true believer in keeping your dreams alive and knowing that God has a plan for each of our lives, but sometimes the daily grind gets you down.
Maybe, let’s say that we’ll chalk this blog post up to the fact that recently, we’ve had major issues with regard to close relationships in family and also starting a new business is never easy. Anyone else have a long period of time like this lately!?!?
I think maybe my husband and I need to take a vacation soon! We’ve been working very hard at our jobs and I’m trying to fit some book writing projects into the mix; not to mention family time and other daily obligations we have. Welcome to the human race, right? We all have busy lives. Maybe it’s time, not so much for a vacation, but a quiet moment with the Lord. After all, He does have a specific plan for my life, right?
God Has a Plan for Each One of Us
One of my most favorite Bible verses is found in Jeremiah 29:11, which reads: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity.”
Just typing that passage, out now, floods my soul with peace. I might not know what’s going on in my life or what’s going to happen tomorrow, but God does. He knows every hair on my head and cares when I laugh and when I cry. Now, of course, it’s not just me who has the Lord’s attention. He cares for every single person on this Earth. No one is exempt from His love, not even a murderer or criminal. We all sin, even if each sin is not on the same level as the next one. That’s why Jesus had to die on the cross for our sins. He would’ve done it too, even if there was only one person who needed His saving grace.
God's Grace Through Hard Times
I know I’m rambling here, but that’s the way my thoughts are headed tonight. I think about all the increased, senseless violence in the world. My heart aches for those families who needlessly lose loved ones to violence each day. Take for example the tragic killings in Colorado at a movie theater back in 2012. Those moviegoers were just spending time with family, going out to see a movie and never expected anything horrific like actual violence to be meted out to them. One thing that shines like a bright star in my mind is the acts of bravery and courage which were exhibited that night. Several men dove forward to protect their girlfriends—saving their lives, but losing their own. It’s still so sad thinking of the young child who died and her mother was expecting another baby; yet now has to deal with this pain. I heard on the news that a bullet hit her womb, but missed her unborn baby, who is doing fine. What grief that family has to deal with.
Restoring Love in Our World
I think back to the three different “Restoring” events which Glenn Beck put together in recent years. The latest event was Restoring Love, which took place in Texas. My husband and I wanted to attend, but aren’t able to. We went to the Restoring Honor event in Washington, D.C., but weren’t able to make the second event, Restoring Courage, in Israel. One of the episodes we watched on Glenn Beck’s show was awesome news to hear that so many people are reaching out to help those in need in this great country that we live in. LOVE is not dead in America. There are still people who believe in a God who is a God of love and salvation—who wants to save the lost in this world.
The question we must all ask ourselves is where do we stand and where do we draw the line in the sand? Will we be counted as one of the faithful who continued daily to persevere and not give up and grow weary, even when times were tough? Will we keep the vision God gives us, alive in our hearts? Will we bring LOVE to a broken world—instead of hatred and retaliation? Where do you stand?