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.

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NIV)

JW thinks: God has always had a plan for his people. We are the ones that mess it up. Although, he never promised a life without struggle, he is in control.

The future is before you, a fresh start and a new beginning. Leave the past where it is. Pulling the past along with you is a heavy burden and will slow you down often keeping you captive. I think of holding onto the past in this way: It’s difficult to walk forward and look back at the same time. Inevitably, you will crash into something or trip and fall.

Learn from the past, but look forward. Focus on the future. It's there for you to use.

Source of scripture: Bible Gateway


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this, Teresa.
    I'm sure God has many blessings in store for you this new year.

    B xx

  2. A wonderful reminder that when we focus on the past, we miss our future. Have a wonderful day, my friend and enjoy.

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. "We are the ones that mess it up" - now that's a true statement!

  4. Amen! Great words of encouragement and we enter into a new year filled with new surprises.

  5. I think I have ran into and tripped so many times I finally got this message :) "It is just a test," my testament to hard times :)

    Wonderful post Teresa.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  6. Well put my friend. Yep, we humans...we're professional 'mess ups'. You'd think we would learn, wouldn't ya???

    Have a beautiful day sweetie filled with God's best blessings!!!


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