All-Knowing Architect

Do you ever find yourself asking these questions? What is the purpose of my life? What is God’s plan for my life? When we He reveal His plan to me? How long will I have to wait for Him to show me?

Well, my friend, you are not alone.  I have asked, and asked again, many of these and other questions.  Recently the Lord has really laid this lesson on my heart, “Meg, I am the Architect of your life.  I know the plans I have for you and when I am ready, I will reveal them to you. Just wait on me.” Waiting is hard.  It can be exhausting.  The wonder will drive you crazy, if you let it.  Believe me, I know.  Too many times I’ve tried to “make” something happen before God’s timing and let me just say, it’s never good to get ahead of God.  He knows the plans and can carry those plans out better than you or I can.

To illustrate this point, think about the role of an architect.  The architect draws the plans, calculates the exact measurements and placements of every detail of a building.  Before any building can begin, the plans must first be finalized. There are very specific steps in the process of construction that must be followed in order to build a solid, secure and safe building.  The land must be cleared, graded and leveled.  When pouring the foundation, the mason has to wait for the concrete to set, cure and solidify. The walls must be constructed perfectly straight and in alignment with each other.  The roof, windows and doors are placed for protection from the outside elements.  Crucial systems such as electrical, plumbing and healthy air circulation must be properly installed to ensure internal safety.  What’s the point in all of this?  It is essential for every system, function and element in the construction process to be carried out according to the plan, and given the proper time. 

The Architect has the plans completed, long before the building process begins.

This is just like our walk with Christ.  It starts with a plan. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper and not harm; plans to give you hope and a future.”   (Jeremiah 29:11) Even before He created us (built us), He had a plan – a blueprint – for our life.  He holds the blueprint to your life.  He is the All-Knowing Architect. He knows everything about your past, the present and your future ahead.  Perhaps it’s time to start asking Him to reveal it to you instead of trying to construct something outside of His will.  Take it from me, I’ve tried that route and I only made a crumbling mess of things, mostly because I rushed things and went ahead of Him.  But, have you ever heard the expression “it stood against the test of time”?  No good, lasting thing was built in a matter of hours.  Just ask Noah.  That big boat took time to build.  And when the flood came, I’m sure he was glad he hadn’t rushed the process of building.  He did it according to God’s plan, and to his timeline.

Waiting.  It’s hard and honestly, I am not good at it. I am, by nature, a planner.  I like to know when something is going to happen and how it is going to happen.  By virtue of this, I am a very impatient person. Maybe you are too.  But, Psalm 127:1 speaks of the value in waiting for God to do His work: “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”  Laboring in vain means you wear yourself out, lose a lot of sleep and spin emotional wheels, unnecessarily. All of which leads to fatique, bitterness and frustration.  It’s not a fun place to be.  I have learned the very hard-headed way, that waiting on the Lord to do the work in you and for His purpose is worth it.  The outcome is always so much better than anything we attempt to construct on our own strength. 

Maybe I’ve jumped ahead.  Perhaps you are living your life without Christ; you don’t know Him personally. Let today be the day that you turn your life over to Him by accepting the grace He offers through His work on the cross.  He desperately wants to start the clearing out process in your life. He wants to rid you of guilt, shame, and selfishness.  Will you allow Him to begin leveling your spiritual landscape so the building process can begin?  It’s awesome to watch His craftsmanship. It’s even better to experience it personally.

Lord, thank you for continuing to build my life in the way you planned it. Thank you for your promise to never leave me even when the building seems to take forever.  Help me to rest in You while I wait and completely step in obedience to the plan you have for me. Please forgive me for my impatience. In Jesus’ name.  Amen

I Love You Most!

One of my fondest memories from my childhood was the “More, Morest, Most” game I played with my dad.  I would start, “I love you”.  That led to his reply, “I love you more”.  And then back to me, “I love you morest”.  And he would end it with “I love you most”. The feeling that his statement gave me is indescribable.

Daddy loves me most.  Most implies more than anything, anyone or even himself.  I never questioned his love because not only did he speak it, he showed it.  He showed up to watch my soccer game.  He showed me by hugging me and kissing me. He showed me by providing for our family.  He showed me by believing in me.  He showed me by encouraging me to follow my dreams; to never give up.  He showed me so that I would know how to show others.

That’s where you come in.  I write these devotions in hopes that someone who reads them will not just pass by the words, but rather absorb, digest, take in and live out the words.  Why? Because you too, have a Daddy who loves you most.

He came to this Earth, endured pain, persecution and even death to show you how much He loves you.  To the point of His destruction.  He died, so that you could see just how much “most” really is.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

He loves you Most!  Believe Him!


Lord, thank you!  Thank you for loving me most, when I am most unworthy of love; when I have sinned, stepped outside of your will or just not trusted you enough.  Thank you for loving me and showing me what “most” really implies.  Thank you for your work on the cross.  Amen.

Plans to Prosper? Really?

When I was twenty-five years old I professed my faith in God.  I accepted His amazing grace and turned my life over to His lead.  I admit that at that moment, I was a little naïve.  I thought life would get a little easier.  Not so.  Living in a broken world still has its troubles, even when you are Christian.  But, by accepting Jesus has my Lord and my Savior, He holds my hand and leads me through life’s uncertain and difficulty times; He doesn’t by-pass them.  It’s in those moments, I believe, we truly understand what faith is all about.  The Bible is full of God’s promises.  But, there is one promise that, on several occasions, has really made me scratch my head and ask the question,

Plans to prosper, really?”

“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

If your life has been similar, in any aspect, to mine, it doesn’t always feel like we are being prospered.  Does it?

When you don’t make the cut in try-outs, when you fail a final, when the washer and dryer quit working, when your job is terminated, when the bank forecloses your home, when your spouse cheats, when the doctor says “it’s Cancer”.  These moments definitely don’t ring the bell of prosperity.

But, thankfully, God doesn’t stop working even when life seems to try and stop us in our tracks.  His plan is higher, bigger, with a “no-expiration” date ticket.  Romans 8:28 declares, “And we know God works all things together, for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose”.  He is always at work behind scenes.  And, if we allow Him to show us, He will use our struggles to prosper us; to take us to a deeper faith walk; to really learn what the word “trust” means; to encourage other people who face similar battles.  There is purpose in our pain and it’s not to pick on us, leave us broken or to become bitter.

What situation are you facing today that doesn’t chime “prosperity”?  May I suggest, perhaps, that God isn’t finished?  Let Him work.

How do I know?  Well, you see, I am a counselor now and I can honestly tell you that God uses all of my past pain to draw me to Him, devote my life to Him, to be used by Him and to help others who question, “Plans to prosper?”

To which I respond, “Yes, really.”


Lord, thank you for never giving up on me even when I want to give up.  I know you are always working things together for good, even when situations and circumstances aren’t good.  You are the All-Knowing, All-Powerful, Full-of-Grace God that I trust.  Please keep showing me your plan.  Amen.

I Love You!

Three simple words.  Such a powerful statement.

I am the mother of two wonderful, amazing, kind and funny kids.  I love them more than life itself.  And, I make a point to tell them that every day. Just this morning, in fact, as we were hustling through the morning shuffle of waking, eating, dressing and scurrying out the door, I said to my kids “Guess what?  I love you.”  My witty, funny, handsome middle-schooler, replied, “We know Mom.  You tell us that every day!”

I smiled, paused and thought to myself….Yes, but how many children never hear those words.  Suddenly, my smile turned to a saddened heart.  I shared my thoughts with my son and now, I share those with you.

There are some children in this world who have never heard their mom or dad say those words.  There are some people who don’t really understand what those words imply.  Love is more than a feeling, an emotion or a lust-filled statement.  It’s a deep, honest, pure way of showing commitment and a genuine desire to care for and nurture someone else.

Christ showed the ultimate way of loving; by dying for someone else. For you.  Sacrificial love is a conscious choice to behave, speak or demonstrate love to someone else with no other behind-the-scene motive.  When I tell my children that I love them, I don’t expect anything in return.  I just want them to receive the message so that they will always know and remember.

Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve heard those words.  Or maybe, you’ve never heard those words.  Please, let me tell you something.

God. Loves.You.

He cares about you and your life.  He wants to take you in His loving arms, hold you, carry you through tough times in life and turn you into the person He created you to be.  Can you just do the simple task of receiving that?  That’s all He asks.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.

God Loves You. Period.


Lord, thank you for your love.  Thank you for your grace, mercy, purpose and plan.  Thank you for continually reminding me, I love you.”  Amen

Complete in Christ

Have you ever had one of those child-prompted AHA moments?  Do you know what I mean?  You are casually sitting around the dinner table with your family or perhaps watching some television together and your child, out of the blue, asks you a direct, unexpected question that stops you in your tracks.  You pause and maybe even stutter to find the “right” words to answers his or her question.

I had one of those moments last night.  Allow me to paint the picture.  When I was growing up, I participated in Pop Warner cheerleading from the time I was in second grade until middle school.  Each Sunday we would cheer for the Pop Warner football teams.  However, at the end of each season, we also participated in a very large and highly competitive cheerleading competition.  In anticipation for the competition, we spent hours upon hours practicing our routines, pyramids and tumbling acts in an effort to present the perfect performance and win the trophy.  Looking back, I really don’t know how we handled such pressure at a young age. 

Fast forward to now.  I’ve recently committed to coach a cheer squad through a Christian-based basketball program that we host at our church.  I, along with two other coaches, lead 13 first-grade and second-grade cheerleaders each week.  In preparation for our next practice session, last night I decided to pull out my old videos from my cheerleading days as a young girl to re-learn the cheers so I could teach them to our squad.  My six year old daughter got a kick out of watching the videos and seeing me cheer.  After watching the videos, my daughter looked at me and, out of the blue, asked “Mommy, were you ever made fun of when you were little?” Bam! That hit me right between the eyes.  The question prompted me to take a walk down an emotional rode back to the days when I was, in fact, made fun of.  I wasn’t the littlest, cutest or even the best cheerleader on the squad and my daughter picked up on it right away.  I quickly tried to find those “right” words to respond to her, without making her feel like she had hurt my feelings or said something wrong.  “Yes, actually I was.  What made you ask that?” I responded.  As God would have it though, her question prompted an AHA moment in me to take the opportunity to talk to her about how we define worth and beauty.  And I will tell you what I told her. 

“Your beauty and worth is in Christ.  You were created by God, you are perfect in His eyes and nobody else’s opinion matters.”

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4

The truth of the matter is just that –our worth is found in who God has created each one of us to be.  Our dress size, hair color, education level, bank account, status in life or trophies collecting dust on the bookshelf does not define our worth.  We are complete in Christ, and Christ alone.

So, if you are like me, someone, somewhere in life has tried to convince you otherwise. He or she has tried to negatively influence your beliefs regarding your value, beauty or worth. To that, I say this. 

Give me a C! Give me an H! Give me an R! Give me an I! Give me an S! Give me a T

Where’s my worth?

In Christ!


Lord, you know my heart.  You know how easily my emotions can try to knock me off of the truth that I am complete in You.  I pray that you continue to speak truth into my heart and mind and keep me focused on being the person You created me to be.  In your eyes, I am enough.  Thank you for loving me right where I am.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Remembering His Provisions

Have you ever been at a place in your life where you just couldn’t see how a problem, heartache or fear would work out okay?  Those times can become all-consuming: keeping you awake in the darkest hours of the night, constantly popping back into the forefront of your mind, despite your best efforts to push it back and not worry.  I’ve had plenty of those moments of total uncertainty and worry in my life.  However, each time I begin walking down the trail of fear, God’s sweet and gentle voice whispers “Do you remember My provisions in your life Meg?  Remember that last problem you had?  Do you remember how I worked it out for your good?  Focus on that this time too.  I’ve got this.”

Perhaps you can relate.  Is there something on your mind or in your heart and soul that is just, quite frankly, worrying you to death?  What do you think would happen if you let the worry die in you and, instead, choose to focus on Christ’s provisions from your past?  Funny how that changes our perspective, isn’t it?  Looking back at those provisions helps steer your view for the future. Does it give you a sense of peace (even for a brief moment) from the current situation you face? Does it remind you of how God answered previous prayers – admittedly and thankfully not in a way that you could have ever dreamed of, envisioned or plotted yourself?  That’s what He means when He says in Isaiah 55:8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

He looks at our situations, circumstances and challenges through a different lens – one that is focused on Heaven’s blueprint.  He is trying to mold you into the person He created you to be and sometimes, our struggles are the only way we learn the lesson He has.  Does that mean that He creates the struggle?  I don’t know – maybe or maybe not.  What I do know, through my own life, is that He uses everything (the good, the bad and the ugly parts of our life) for good, according to His plan. Romans 8:28. But this is where the enemy likes to take hold of that Scriptural truth and twist it – he will plant the seed of doubt in us – if God is good, then why does He allow bad or difficult things to happen? God’s word doesn’t say that everything in life is good; it says that He uses everything for our good, according to the plan He has for us. Do you see the difference?

So, when you are in that place in life where everything feels like it is spinning out of control, rest assured, God’s totally in control. He has a plan.  And. It. Is. Good.

May you find rest in that provision.


Dear Lord, thank you for Your promise to never leave us or forsake us, ever.  In a world that seems so completely out of control, I know that You are never shaken and always in control.  Help us to cling to that truth and to let it remind us, daily, to seek your provision for our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Will I Make the Team?

During the hustle of our morning routine to get out of bed, feed children, get them dressed and ready for school while grabbing a cup of caffeine on our way out of the door, our son looked at my husband and I and timidly uttered these words:  “Mom, Dad, do you think I’ll make the team?”

For the past few weeks he has been practicing a jump rope routine in an effort to try out for the school’s jump-roping team.  There are upwards of eighty kids striving to gain one of thirty slots on the team.  My husband and I stopped in our tracks and looked at him.  Holding back my own emotions from past rejections, I looked directly into his eyes and replied. “I don’t know buddy.  You are a great jump-roper but there are a lot of kids trying out for the team.  Just do your best and have fun.  If you make the team, that’s great.  If you don’t, it’s great that you tried. Either way, you are a winner to me and Dad.” We hugged him and headed out the door.

Whew – what a way to start the day.

But, truth be told, we’ve all been there.  Striving for validation, recognition and acceptance.  I remember those moments in my youth of trying to make the cut for various sports teams, or be picked for a spot on the cheerleading squad, or striving for validation from peers in middle school.  I shudder at that last thought.  But it’s in our human nature to want to be wanted. 

Thank God; He accepts us despite our indiscretions.  He loves us even when we don’t measure up to what we think we “should” be.  He openly extends grace when our choices call for anything but grace.  His love is not dependent upon our skills, talents, intellect, ability, or anything else.  It is purely a gift.  When it comes to acceptance from God, we don’t ever have to ask the question “Will I make the team?”

“The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.”  1 Timothy 1:14-15, NIV, italics mine

Have you embraced that truth?  If not, please do.  There is no sign-up sheet, waiting list or take-a-number.  You just ask.  It’s that simple.  And here’s the best part – His answer will always be “Yes”.


Lord, thank You so much for Your love, acceptance and grace.  Sometimes it is difficult for me to grasp the idea that I don’t have to measure up in order to be called Your daughter.  Thank You for loving me where I am.  I pray for those who are reading this – if they do not know You, I pray that they will simply ask for You to abide within them and live their life solely for You.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

I’m Going to Give Her a Piece of My Mind!

Have you ever spoken these words out of sheer frustration at the actions or inactions of others?  Me too.  Recently, in two different situations, other people have promised to do things for me or other family members and have not followed through.  After a few unsuccessful attempts, via emails and phones calls, to get an answer as to why they had not followed through on their promises, I decided to just let it go and move on.  In my former days, this disregard for fulfilling promises would have gotten under my skin, eaten away at me to the point of rooting bitterness and harboring unforgiveness.  I would have been the one to lose my cool and utter these words.  But, as I try to walk with Christ and depend solely on His promises, I am learning to let it go and not allow bitterness to root in my heart.  My husband, however, has clearly been more infuriated by the failure of those to follow through on their commitments.  Over the past few weeks he has asked me numerous times, “Has she responded to your email yet?” To which I simply replied, “No.” I could see the anger build, by the look in his eyes.  “I’m going to call her and give her a piece of my mind!”  And, just yesterday, we were talking about another situation, involving different people, yet the same disregard to follow through on a promise, I heard him utter these words again, “I’m going to call her too and give her a piece of my mind”.  In an attempt to lighten the atmosphere with some humor, I replied, “Well if you keep giving pieces of your mind away, you won’t have a mind left”.  He smiled and we went on with our day.

But isn’t that how Satan tries to stir up trouble? By getting in our heads, letting frustrations and disappointments take root, causing us to become irritated, hard-hearted and mad at the world around us?  God is clear about this subject: See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:15.

Grace.  That word sounds great when we need it.  But when God asks us to “forgive those who trespass against us”, by offering grace, the word takes on a whole new meaning.  It’s an intentional act of kindness, one that doesn’t come easy or naturally.  Do I want those people to do what they said they would do?  Sure.  But, my faith should not alter depending on their actions.  I should still walk the walk, talk the talk, and offer the grace that God freely gives me.

“Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3. 

So the next time you feel the urge to call someone who has disappointed you and give her a “piece” of your mind, seek “peace” over your mind first from the One who has never harbored bitterness toward your transgressions.


Lord, Thank you for the free gift of grace that you offer every day.  Help me to extend the same to others who disappointment me.  I can only do this through your strength.  Help me to draw upon that strength in those moments of my spiritual weakness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Just One Penny

As I child I remember this catchy little phrase: “See a penny, pick it up, all day long, you’ll have good luck!” And, as a child, if I found a penny on the ground, I snatched it up and considered it a treasure. 

My six-year-old daughter is learning the difference between all of the coins and their values.  She knows a penny is only worth 1 cent, yet she still treasures it.  Recently, I saw a penny as I walked along the sidewalk.  And, unlike my energetic daughter who would burst with a happy little squeal at the sight of a penny, I just kept walking past the coin.  The thoughts that ran through my head went something like this.  It’s only worth 1 cent.  No big deal.  By itself, if won’t pay the bills. It’s “just one penny”.  Somewhere along the way between childhood and becoming an adult, the appeal of one penny has lost its shine in my eyes.  Fortunately, my dismissive attitude is completely contrary to the way God views his lost children. 

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:8-10, italics mine).

In His eyes, those lost children are His treasures.

God loves each and every one of us.  And that love is not based on any dollar amount we contribute, work we do, title we carry, fame or prestige.  Our value is found solely in being His child.  Think about that.  If you have children, do you love them because of what they can buy for you, give you, tell you, show you or do for you?  No.  Of course not.  Your love is based solely on the fact that they are yours.  And so it goes with God’s love.  Unlike the penny I mentioned earlier, God will go to the ends of the earth to search for His lost children; to pick them (you) up wherever you are, wrap His loving arms around you, embrace you as His treasure all for the purpose of saving you from the wrath and sin of this world.  In His eyes…each person is a valued treasure, regardless of how many He already has.

One penny is the difference between having enough coins to equal a dollar and not having enough to equal a dollar.  One penny is the difference between having exact change to pay a bill, or not having exact change. 

Every. Single. One. Matters.  

You matter.  You are unique, set apart.  He created you for a specific purpose only you can fulfill.  So, the next time you see “just one penny”, think about this.  “See a lost soul, pray them up, for through His Kingdom eyes, everyone adds up.”


Lord, thank you for using simple reminders, even just one penny, to help me know that in your eyes, I am significant.  I am your daughter.  You are my Father.  And that’s all the value I need in my life.  Help me to continue walking in that truth.  I pray for the lost soul that may be reading this. Draw him or her to you Lord and help that person remember that, in Your eyes, they are not “just one”.  They belong to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Keep Your Focus on the Finish Line

Most marathon runners strive for one thing – to cross the finish line.  While some want to cross it first, most runners are content to just finish the race.  Twenty six miles is a long distance to run, and a lot of opportunity for something to go wrong.   Pulled muscles, a twisted ankle, dehydration, pure exhaustion, heat stroke and the list goes on and on.  Though I have never run a marathon myself, I know a lot of people who have.  The one thing that is consistent between all of them is this: it takes a lot of training, endurance and perseverance to cross the finish line.

So is true with our faith. 

Life on this earth is a journey, like a marathon, and at times can be really harsh.  Heart ache, unexpected losses, worry, health issues, family disputes, disappointments, sin.  I could continue, but you get the point.  It is easier to allow the difficulties and distractions in life deter our concentration than to stay focused on the Heavenly finish line that lies before us.  Like walking through an unforeseen spider web, we can get tangled up in life’s tribulations.  Or, we can push through them, shaking off the spiritual-warfare webs, and keep focusing on the Heavenly finish line that eagerly awaits our crossing.  Thanks be to God, Christ’s death on the cross created that finish line.  If we know this and accept this, the only thing we have to do is to keep running the race He has for us; to push through those difficulties and persevere.  This seems to be the theme in my life right now.  In my communication with the Lord I find myself repeatedly asking “What’s next God?” I wish I could write that He is giving me some great and magnificent assignment to strive toward but the truth is, I’m continuing to run a spiritual marathon that seems to have no finish line in sight.  But I know that is just Satan’s way of trying to knock me off course; he tries, deligently, to take my focus off of the finish line that Christ has laid before me.  Maybe you can relate to the place where I am with the Lord.  But dear friend in Christ, remember this truth, just as God reminded me:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

Knowing this truth makes me want to lace up my shoes, continue stepping forward and keep my focus on the finish line. 

How about you?


Dear Lord, thank you for creating a Heavenly finish line for us to focus on.  I know that more than anything, you desire to save each and every person from their sin.  I am thankful that I know that truth and I pray that anyone who doesn’t know You, makes the choice to accept You today.  God, I cannot do anything on my own so I pray for your strength to flow through me, to guide each and every step I take and for you to help me stay focused on running the race you have set for my life.  Please continue to work in my life, to be a ray of your light and to serve others through your love.  In Jesus’ name, amen.