“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV
Stephanie was going to be a doctor when she grew up. While playing on the playground, she said to her friends, “One day I’m going to be a doctor.” She told her parents. She told her neighbors. She even told her dog, Queenie. Everyone knew what she would be. When she became a teenager she got involved with the wrong group of girls and became pregnant. Three months later after giving birth to her first child, she became pregnant again and decided to drop out of school. Her dreams of becoming a doctor seemed so out of reach that she stopped talking about it to anyone. For her, everything stopped. Then one day she cried out to the Lord while sitting alone in her bedroom. Jesus came into her life and gave her a reason to hope again. Slowly the shame melted away. She knew with God’s help she could be anything God wanted her to be. Years later, she became a doctor and so did her two daughters.
Listen, I don’t care how messed up your life looks to you right now. I don’t care who you got involved with that took your life for a crazy ride. I don’t care how many babies you have, the education you didn’t receive, the many years that have gone by, or where you come from. You are special to God and He loves you. I declare you will accomplish everything God has purposed for you to accomplish by His grace. You are not too old, you are not too messed up, and you are not too far gone. It’s time you start talking again about who you will be and what you will do. It’s time you start dreaming again and pursuing those dreams. Never mind who believes in you or who doesn’t believe. Settle in your heart today that you will be somebody and you will not give up on your dreams.
Prayer: Thank You Lord for speaking to my heart. Remove all fear and shame from my life. Help me to rediscover your purpose and plan for my life. Give me hope and a future. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Meditate on this today: Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”)