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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)
The above scripture is one of my favourites.
It reminds me that God has a purpose for my life and has thought about and carefully planned my future. So no matter what challenges I face, or what obstacles stand in my path, with God’s help I can get to where I am aiming to go, I can achieve what I’m destined to do.
However, life sometimes seems to be shouting a big fat “NO” to my ambitions, dreams and goals. When this happens, if I am not careful, it can be too easy to become negative about my prospects and entertain the idea of giving up hope, giving up on pursuing those goals.
For anyone out there, who may be feeling discouraged about their current circumstances or their future prospects, I’d like to share an extract from an old *UCB Word for Today devotional. It goes as follows:
We all face challenges and difficulties in life. You might allow yourself to think thoughts such as ‘I just can’t take any more,’ or ‘If one more thing happens I’m going to go over the edge!’ or ‘If things don’t change soon – I’m giving up!’ That kind of thinking prepares you to be defeated before you even encounter a problem. There is nothing strong, powerful, enabling, or victorious in thinking you will ‘go over the edge’ or in deciding to quit. Those are losing attitudes, not winning attitudes. Instead you should think, ‘If the attack is this great, then the blessing that lies beyond it is greater.’ Or, ‘If Satan is attacking me this hard, God must have something good in store for me!’ Become a person who is spiritually, emotionally, and mentally prepared for any challenge that crosses your path, and don’t allow yourself to be easily discouraged or defeated. And you do that by ‘the renewing of your mind’ with God’s Word.
(Bob and Debbie Gass)
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Purpose-driven believer and dream-achiever are you maintaining your stamina for your life’s journey? Are you being diligent in renewing your mind?
When you make the effort to change defeatist thoughts or negative thinking, you not only possess the power to change your life but you also have the capacity to encourage and change the lives of others.
So, be a life-changer!
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
“…If you love what you are doing, you will be successful” – Albert Schweitzer
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