Friday, August 17, 2007


The definition of DESTINY according to the Encarta Dictionary is: Somebody's preordained future, the predetermined and inevitable series of events that happen to somebody or something. That sounds kind of like Jeremiah 29:11 doesn't it:

Jeremaih 29:11 (AMP) For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

(MSG) I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out--plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

Seventeen years ago, God brought a sweet, beautiful young lady into our lives. My wife (Dorinda) and I were pastoring in South Arkansas and our church was in the midst of a great youth revival. During that revival a 15 year old little girl responded to the altar call. She poured her heart out to Jesus, and He changed her life and DESTINY. It's a LONG and wonderful story, but suffice it to say through a series of circumstances that God directed, Dorinda and I adopted Glenda and she became a forever part of our family. It is amazing how God directs our paths, and destinies to bring about HIS purposes.

Glenda went to Central Bible College, met a wonderful young man (Brad), and they have been pastoring ever since they left Bible College. We are so proud of Glenda and her family. God blessed Brad and Glenda with a beautiful daughter, Macy. She is "Big Daddy's" pride and joy!

As God continues to direct the destinies of our family, just three months ago, my wife had the great privelege of going to China with Brad and Glenda to adopt our second granddaughter...Mia. Mia had been abandoned by her biological parents and was living in an orphanage. But Thank God, she wasn't abandoned by her Heavenly Father, because God directed her DESTINY as he guided every decision that led to her being placed into our family. Just think about that for a moment. Almost a year ago a little girl was born in China to parents that, for whatever reason, couldn't raise her. So, they decided to leave her bundled up outside of a restuarant. That restaurant called the orphanage, and the orphanage came and picked her up. Again, through many decisions that were God-led, Mia was picked by someone to be THE CHILD out of literally thousands to become a part of our family. Wow! That is God directed and mandated DESTINY.

As I write this blog, I am sitting in a hotel room preparing for Mia's dedication service this Sunday morning. Dorinda and I have the privelege of dedicating her to the Lord. It will be a very emotional time, but exciting time. We are so blessed.

Romans 8:15 (AMP) For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

I am so thankful that God, through Jesus Christ, has adopted me into His family, and forever changed my DESTINY. At the same time, I am so thankful that God led a little girl, by the name of Mia, to be placed into our family through Adoption, and forever changed her DESTINY.

My friends, that same God has you in His hands, and is directing every decision, and every step. The Bible tells us that the steps of a righteous man are ordered of God. Trust your life and the life of your family into loving hands of God, and trust the DESTINY that He has for you!

God's blessing upon you today!

Rejoicing (and spinning) in this wonderful day!

Pastor Rusty L. Blann