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. Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me as a vital necessity and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity and gather you from all the nations and all the places to which I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive.
Due to my baby boys biological clock, I woke up before sunrise this morning, started making my coffee and the Holy Spirit put this verse on my heart: Jeremiah 29:11. Things started coming together this week for something I’ve been working on for a while and will require some future humbling and stepping forward in faith if I decide to continue to nourish this dream. I know that if I follow the Will of my Father, and I meditate on His Word and give thanksgiving in all things that have blessed me – I know that if I do these things He will bless the work of my hands. The Lord says not to listen to false prophets, not to listen to others negative talk, talk that brings me down and not builds me up. He didn’t send those people. The Lord directs us, loves us, carries us on His wings. He does not condemn us but encourages us, He sets our path straight. He knows when we follow Him with a grateful and serving heart and will never leave us nor forsake us.
Sometimes I think the person I must listen to the least… is me. I have been the queen of self-doubt and negative talk.. I’ve held myself back more than anyone else in this world. I’ve prophesied failure in my own heart. But none of those thoughts are good thoughts. I have not guarded my heart as I should. I have not settled into my Fathers wings and listened to, really listened to, His thoughts and plans for my life. His plans to prosper me. His plans to bless the work of my hands. His plans to guide me.
So when that verse came to my heart this morning, I felt joy. I felt peace. I felt hope. I felt my Fathers love.
I have found Him.
So now I’ve buckled up my belt of truth, I’ve curled up in His wings, gazing admiringly at His face and inclining my ears to His sayings. I have hope in the Lord, my strength is renewed, I will run and not grow weary, I will walk and not be faint.
Tell me, dear Father, the thoughts and plans you have for me. Tell me Your Perfect Plan.
Jeremiah 29:11-14; Joshua 1:8; Jeremiah 29:8-9; Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 91; Ephesians 6:14; Proverbs 4:20; Philippians 4:7-8