Week 5- Taft C.I.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.”
-Jeremiah 29:11-January 2010- I remember sitting down in my office getting ready to write my goals for the coming year. I recall thinking to myself, Chad you are on top of the world.

The moment is so vivid and real in my mind that I can even now smell the aroma permeating from the French bakery below.

In my mind, I was successful. I had done it! Achieved what I thought was the American Dream. I had come to America young and filled with passion. A vivacious desire to be successful. I worked hard, married a beautiful American girl and we had a healthy lovely daughter.

I was making more money than I had ever dreamed possible yet I constantly desired more and more.

My arrogance had reached a tipping point.
Seven years later, I find myself at TAFT C.I reflecting on how it all went wrong.
Sometimes the plans we put in place are of our own strength and not in line with our true purpose.

Sometimes the things that seem so overwhelming and bad in our lives, like spending 12 months in captivity away from everything and everyone you love, truly are our biggest blessings.

We just don’t know it yet.
We all experience disappointments, setbacks or hurts at some point. But we need to ensure that we don’t allow negativity, bitterness and resentment to infect our hearts.

Sometimes God just needs to get our attention. He can’t do it while we so wrapped up in our busy, noisy and activity driven lives.
Is it possible that God has us exactly were he wants us so that we can hear Him and He can reveal to us the wonderful plan that He has for our lives?

God promises that He will bring us out of our captivity, just like He brought the Jewish people out of their Babylonian captivity.

We need to stand strong in our faith, keep believing, then He will take what seems to be the messes of our lives and turn them into our greatest successes and testimonies.

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