Hope in the future

Jeremiah 29:11:   our family Scripture verse, this verse has sustained me, encouraged me and help me put one foot in front of the other.  This verse is embedded in my email address and my personal and professional signature lines and I have had many people throughout the years thank me and comment on the power of this verse as it has pertained to their own lives.  It is packed with a tremendous message, a message that every one of us needs to hear throughout our lives.

I have lived with the promise of this verse for years.  In good times and in bad.  It was and is my cornerstone of faith, the Holy Spirit speaking to me….over and over and over again, like a Father comforting his daughter.

Friday night before I left for New Hampshire I took my Hubby’s Adoration hour and as I slowly worked through my Lenten bible study (yes, my overachievement knows no limits) the remainder of the Scripture spoke to me.  Loudly.  Clearly.  Over and over and over again, like a Father comforting his daughter.  Listen.  Hear the message in the continuation of Jeremiah’s message.

Jeremiah 29:12-14

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. And listen He does, even when I think He just might not be…..always present, always listening, guiding, guarding and protecting even when I cannot or refuse to see.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  Over and over and over again.  Repeated in Matthew 7:7 in case I missed it in Jeremiah.  

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.” 

Every day.  He does this every day.  Sometimes it is far more obvious, but even in the everyday extraordinary, He brings me back.  Yes, the mountains are tangible and blessedly over-the-top in His magnificent creation, however, every day He shows this to me.  But in the stillness of  the night during Adoration, He makes this crystal and abundantly clear.  And then, He proceeds to show me….over and over and over again.

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