God’s Plans of Hope

“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

Notice how God does not say: For I know the plans you have for you. He says: For I know the plans I have for you. God has His plans for your life. His plans are full of hope and joy. His Spirit, who is a person and our advocate and helper, is in you who believe, united with your uniquely God-created spirit, to help you fulfill His plans. It starts with reading God’s Word, believing His promises, obeying His commands (mainly to love and serve), and desiring God above all else. And what comes when we find intimacy with our creator God, His redeeming Son, and His guiding Spirit. Truly, a future of hope!

Do not be anxious

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:6-7

Who does God want us to be? Scripture illuminates this question. God wants us to be people filled with His peace. He does not want us to be defined by our anxious thoughts. He does not want worry to consume us. He knows that our identity is rooted in His love, not our anxiety. We are so much more than our worry. We need God’s peace to replace our fears. Simply ask God for your request, giving thanks, and let His peace overcome any anxiety. We do not need to be anxious because of Christ and His power and peace resting on us.

Oh the faithfulness of God

Isaiah 46:4

Even to your old age and gray hairs

I am he, I am he who will sustain you.

I have made you and I will carry you;

I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

God is always with us. He rescues and sustains His children. His faithfulness is rooted in His love. Subtlety, gently, He calls us, He calms us, He carries us. We are His own.

Goodness and Mercy

Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the LORD. -Psalm 23:6

Oh Lord, you truly are so good. Your steadfast mercy and unfailing love endure forever. You are my most positive and joyful reality. In your eternal presence is fullness of joy. I will never stop singing of your love. I rejoice in who you are, for you are Love. Thank you for your goodness and mercy that follow me and fill me. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Trustworthy Father

Psalm 143:8-10

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,

    for I am trusting you.

Show me where to walk,

    for I give myself to you.

Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;

    I run to you to hide me.

Teach me to do your will,

    for you are my God.

May your gracious Spirit lead me forward

    on a firm footing.

Oh God, you are My God. I trust You as my firm foundation. I trust You as my never ending fountain of kindness. I trust You as my steadfast guide. I trust You as my deliverer from all evil. I trust You as my hiding place. I trust You as my loving Father. Please reassure me each morning of Your unconditional love and trustworthiness. I want to know You as my fullest reality. I know You are found deep within, and all around. You will never leave me. You are my God, and I am yours.

Rescued

Isaiah 43:1-2

Do not be afraid—I will save you.

    I have called you by name—you are mine.

When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you;

    your troubles will not overwhelm you.

When you pass through fire, you will not be burned;

    the hard trials that come will not hurt you.

Father God, I acknowledge that you rescue me from darkness. You calm the waters of my troubled soul, and You surround me with Your healing light. My salvation, redemption, and rescuing lie in You, the Great I AM. My trials will not overtake me, for You are my refuge and my relief. You have called fully into your light, as You dim the darkness. You are my All in All. Thank you for rescuing me. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Light along the Path

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Lord, I seek to listen to the inner recesses of my soul for your Spirit to speak truth to me through your Living Word. Help me to hear you and to follow. Your Word lights my path. I will not be consumed by other voices, for your truth resounds. Open my ears, enlighten my heart, guide my feet. Oh Lord, live and move in me. In Christ’s Name, Amen.