Monday, August 7, 2017

Can Poor Choices Alter God’s Plans?

God gave us a free will to make choices. We are not robots. 

But can our bad choices alter His plan for our lives? I believe they most definitely can. Just look at Adam and Eve. He'd planned for them to live their lives in perfect peace and comfort and joy in His beautiful garden .

But . . . dear deceived Eve chose to eat from the only tree in all of Eden that God had forbidden. In A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, my Biblical fiction, Adam hears the song of the tempter and runs to the center of the garden, arriving just in time to see her take the bite.

She sinks to the ground, immediately aware of what she’s done. His love, his wife . . . without her, what good was life? She lifted the fruit, in utter despair, to show him what she’d done. He chose to die with her, took it from her and ate it all—no evidence remained. Did his choice alter God’s plan for their lives?

One month from today, CHIEF OF SINNERS debuts. It’s book ten in my Texas Romance family saga, and offers another example of poor choices altering God’s perfect plans for my hero and heroine.

The cover scene shows the first time Sandy, from a staunch Church of Christ family walks into the revival tent of the infamous Nightingales, miracle believing, tongue talking, pew hopping holy rollers. She went for the entertainment, but seeing Buddy, the handsome praise and worship leader, her heart succumbed.

For him, God confirmed she was the one created to be his wife with the shower of golden sparkles. Love at first sight, he wanted no one but Sandy. But they both made bad choices and altered the course of their lives. God had plans for good not to do them harm, but poor choices bring such devastation.

What makes any choice good or bad? Weigh it against God’s Word. If it lines up, then it will bring blessings and move you closer to His perfect plan for your life. But if it doesn’t, then count harm on its way—its reach depends on your next choice. Will you chose to continue on that course or repent and turn back?

I’ve definitely made my share of poor choices, but praise God His Holy Spirit convicted me. It isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve already repented for the same thing plenty. Being remorseful and coming back into His Will through obedience to His Word, you set yourself up to overcome.

God loves us beyond measure. He longs for us to stay in relationship with Him, it’s why He created us. Remember that next time a choice comes up and consider carefully which way is in line with His Word. Choose blessings, not curses. Choose life.



One verse of a new song God gave me "Choose My Child"

“♪♫¸•*♪ Choose, my child ♫♪* Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ`the words you speak•*♪*♥ !♪♫•*¨♪*•For I will create ♪♫*♥¨♪*• the fruit of your lips! ♫♪*!♪♫•*♪ Your words get to your future •*♪¨ !♪♫•¨♪*•ahead of you!♪♫*¨♪ *•♪ What you said yesterday*•.¸ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫♪*` You’re now walking through!•*♪♫♪*”


Caryl McAdoo loves God and writes four series praying each story gives God glory: the historical Texas Romance; a contemporary Red River Romance; The Generations a Biblical fiction; and the Days of Dread Trilogy for young readers—all with a strong Christian sway. Known as the Singing Pray-er, she loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her and counts four children and seventeen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings. She and high school sweetheart-husband Ron live in the woods of Red River County five miles south of Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.


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  1. Caryl, a great reminder and devotional reminding us to always make our choices based on the Word of God.

    Congratulations on the upcoming release of Chief of Sinners. I'm looking forward to reading it. God bless.

  2. This is great, Caryl. Thank you for your thoughts. And congratulations on your book.

  3. Caryl, thank you for sharing your post. Congratulations on another wonderful book.

  4. My life is a testament to poor choices altering God's plan but how He can take any bsd choice and use it to glorify Himself.

  5. Great advice, I am definitely happier when I know that I'm making good choices that God would approve of.