Hope and a Future

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“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

The prophet Jeremiah was often called the “weeping” prophet. God’s people had gone through some terrible times, and most were now in exile, in Babylon, when this was written.

Everything had been shattered. When I thought about this, I thought of how this can apply to us today. Sometimes we are broken, and we need to hear encouragement from heaven.

And in our most broken moments, it seems as if it is all over, nothing good will happen again. But…..look what God does here.

This is not some TED talk, this is the Creator, the Lord God Almighty, saying He has plans for us…..and good things are in store! Hallelujah!!

He gives us hope!! And thankfully we do have a future! We can trust in Him, even in our worst times.

Lord God, our Heavenly Father, thank you for your plans for us! Help us to trust in you, even in the most difficult times. And as we let go of our fears, fill us Lord God with an incredible and amazing……sense of hope. Amen!!

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

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We Wait in Hope

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“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

even as we put our hope in you.”

Psalm 33: 20-22

We often think of God helping us, but have you ever thought of the Lord, as your shield? Kind of cool huh?

When we look at the next line, we see that God wants us to have our hearts rejoicing. The two lines are very much connected. When we are we rejoicing in God, He becomes our shield! Yay! He is our protector.

And here, our waiting in hope is that active trusting, and having faith in Him, that we’ve mentioned before.

And I love the prayer at the end, asking that His unfailing love be with us! Amen!

Lord God, these lines say it all. Help us to trust in you, with our hearts rejoicing. Be a shield for us Lord God, and may You be with us always. Amen!

     

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A Prayer for Cancer Patients

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Lord God, you know everything we face, and for those facing cancer right now, we ask that you would be with them in a special way.

You know the pain, You know the fear, Lord God bring comfort and hope.

Bring encouraging words through family and friends, and Lord – maybe even some hugs!

Please help the doctors to help each patient according to their needs.

And Lord God, if it is Your will please bring healing!! We humbly ask You our God. Amen.

    

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You Are Mine

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“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name;

you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers, they will not

sweep over you. When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned….”

Isaiah 43: 1b, 2a

In this portion God speaks of Israel going through a tough time, but He reaffirms his faithfulness to His people.

Ain’t it so cool when God says He is with us, and He encourages us to not be afraid? We need to hear that I think, on a regular basis, especially in today’s world.

And I love how He illustrates here the trials we face, and yet He says, “I will be with you!” We are His! Hallelujah!

Lord God thank You that You are not only all powerful, but You are with us, all the way, every day! Our God, please continue to watch over us and keep us safe. Amen.

   

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Life, Prosperity and Honor

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“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life,

prosperity and honor.

One who is wise can go up

against the city of the mighty

and pull down the stronghold

in which they trust.”

Proverbs 21: 22, 22

Notice that there are two main areas where can find life, prosperity and honor. Righteousness here means in doing right, and of course there is love.

This reminds me so much of the Book of James! In other words putting our faith into action, not only walking around with having faith in our hearts.

And when we are wise in this way we have victory over powerful forces that attempt to hold us back!

Thank you Father God for these encouraging words! Help us to be living examples of Who you are, and help us to live victorious lives. Amen!

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

I Will Not Be Shaken

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“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night

my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always

on the Lord. With Him at my right hand

I will not be shaken.”

Psalm 16: 7,8

When times are tough, is often the right time to praise the Lord, even when we don’t feel like it!

But notice also, the Psalmist is saying how he keeps his eyes on the Lord. In other words, he is not ruled by his circumstances, and he is trusting the One who made him.!

And notice the result – he has confidence now that God is with him, and he will not be shaken. Everything is going to work out for the best.

Lord God thank you for being there for us, each and every day. Help us to focus on you, and not our circumstances. We trust in you Lord, so strengthen our faith. Amen.

     

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Tragedies

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There are times we don’t know what to say,

a silence of deep grieving, pulling us

further away

from courage, and yet

in the pain always the proof

we were made, with God’s heart

to strengthen

and bring hope

to each other.

   

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His Love Endures Forever

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“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Psalm 118:29

This very famous verse is so powerful, because it reminds us to give thanks to Him, and that He is good! In our crazy, mixed up world, this portion refocuses our minds on the goodness of God, and on the goodness of His love enduring forever, and ever, and ever!!!

Ain’t that so cool?!!

We praise You our God, help us to always dwell on Your goodness, especially in the tough times. Amen!!

 

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The Everlasting Arms

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“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath

are the everlasting arms.”

Deuteronomy 33:27a

   

When we say that God is eternal, we are strengthened by the fact He is always there. The One who existed before time began, is our refuge!

And the next part of this verse is even more encouraging. Underneath are His everlasting arms! What a wonderful illustration, of God being our strength. We can trust in Him, and rely on Him, even through circumstances we don’t understand.

Heavenly Father, we trust in You, and thank you that You are there, You are here with us, always and forever! Amen.

    

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