Good morning, and welcome to His Encouragement Thursday! I don’t know about you, but Thursdays are my struggle day of the week. By Thursday, I have already been working hard at school and at home, and I just wish it would hurry up and be Friday already. LOL! I definitely need a little extra Jesus time on Thursdays.
Trisha, my blogger friend at Joy of Reading, and I decided on calling this post “His Encouragement” because our real source of peace, strength, and security can only come from Jesus Christ. He, and He alone, is our constant! We pray and hope that these Thursday posts become a real encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!
Today’s Thursday Encouragement comes from:
Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my most favorite verses in the entire Bible. I love it for many reasons, but mostly because I love that God has a plan. I hate chaos. I do not do well when things are not organized, when things don’t make sense, and when there are no answers. I love that God knows this about me, and draws me to this verse often.
Right now, life is chaos. My best friend’s cancer is stable, but not curable (it seems…we are not completely clear on that). Her doctors tell her that this is probably the best she will be, but they are not sure. I’m still holding out for a miracle from Jesus because I know that with ONE word He can make the cancer disappear. I am really sad. Watching her suffer is one of the hardest things I’ve ever witnessed. She is legitimately one of the best humans on this earth. She doesn’t deserve this. Life is just not fair!
And, if that isn’t enough sorrow to deal with, one of my students is suffering from a heart condition. She has been dealing with this issue all year long, and I know it has been a very frustrating struggle for this young lady. Next week, she is scheduled for a second open-heart surgery. If this one is unsuccessful, she will have to get a heart transplant. Things seem bleak for my student. She doesn’t want a heart transplant and wants to do a DNR. She is tired of feeling badly all the time, and I don’t blame her. This news breaks my heart.
I am admitting that this week I am flustered. I don’t know what to pray anymore. I have been praying HARD for the past year for my best friend, and the past school year for my student. I don’t know what words to use anymore in my prayers. I want to be strong. I want to be OK with God’s will, but I’m struggling. I know that cancer and heart defects are not of His will. I know He is sobbing in heaven for His hurting children. I love God so much for feeling just like me. But, what do I pray?
I turn to Jeremiah 29:11 again because God says He has a plan. I need to hold on to that so tightly. God, the creator of EVERYTHING, has a plan. I need to trust. And, regardless of the words I use, I just need to keep on praying. The Holy Spirit will help me find the right words. If you are struggling this week with some seriously BIG and BAD things, I hope you can take some encouragement from the fact that God has a plan — a plan for our futures and to give us hope!
NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN!
WHAT BIBLICAL VERSE IS ENCOURAGING YOU TODAY?
And, check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Becca @ The Becca Files