To start the New Year out right, I'm starting with one of my favorite verses.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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.
Here is the meaning of that verse from my
Life Application Bible (NIV)
We're all encouraged by a leader who stirs us to
move ahead, someone who believes we can do the task
he has given and who will be with us all the way. God is
that kind of leader. He knows the future, and his plans for
us are good and full of hope. As long as God, who knows
the future, provides our agenda and goes with us as we
fulfill his mission, we can have boundless hope. This
does not mean that we will be spared pain, suffering, or
hardship, but that God will see us through to a glorious
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