I was 29 years old and while my three small sons played in the basement, I sat on the bed, folding laundry. I had a box of tissues beside me as tears flowed. I had just heard news from the ophthalmologist that there was no cure for the retinal disease that was robbing my sight way too fast. I could still see bits and pieces, but blindness was inevitable.
Fighting the gloomy thoughts, the 700 Club played on the TV. The host offered prayers if we dialed an 800 number. I called. And as my voice choked, I spoke to a kind lady who prayed for me.
Back then when I made that phone call, I didn’t know that God’s plans were in the making.
He healed my attitude, gave me 20/20 spiritual sight, handed me a ministry, and gave me opportunities to write books and so much more.
And the other day, gratitude overflowed in me as I realized that my guest appearance in the 700 Club had gone full circle. I reached out to them for prayer back then. And nearly 30 years later, God has me featured on that show for my story to inspire others.
God has the very same for you, too. You might have a tissue box beside you. Maybe life is turning dark and hope seems to be at the bottom of the laundry basket of life—hard to see.
Here are three simple steps found In Jeremiah 29:11 to bring back peace:
- Take a deep breath and know God has a plan. A specific plan. One that no matter what you do, and no matter what you don’t do will alter it. “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD…”
- His plans are never to harm us, but always for the good, for the better and the best: ‘“plans to prosper you, not to harm you…’”
- Worry for tomorrow must never enter our mind. The hope is in Him. And our future is in His promise: “’plans to give us “hope and a future.’”
Father, I confess sometimes the sad moments I face, the restlessness that keeps me awake, and the fear that visits often take my focus from you. I ask for enough peace in my heart that no worry shall enter my heart for I know your plans are at work, the map is already traced for my life, and the details are all in your hands. In Jesus’ name I thank you, amen.
- What robs your peace today?
- In what area did you fail to trust Him?
- Where will you find peace for today?
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