“For I know the plans that I have for you,”
declares the Lord,
“plans for welfare and not for calamity
to give you a future and a hope.”
– Jeremiah 29:11
MY PRAYER: Father,
Having been used, abused, and discarded,
By those who insisted they spoke in Your name,
But most assuredly did not,
My self-worth has suffered significantly.
Having internalized this shaming charge,
Which has been levied maliciously against me,
I have acted in ways contrary to my beliefs,
Which You have set forth in Your Word—
Convictions that reside deep within my soul.
Having tried to run from You for so long,
I now see how flawed my judgment has been.
Returning to You has required me to renew my mind—
To look at life from an entirely different perspective.
Thank You for enlightening my tortured soul,
For revealing that You have good things in store
For me rather than the calamity I fear and dread.
At times, I still have trouble believing You—
Trusting that the purpose You have planted
Within me is real and will come to fruition.
The stinging indictment of my abusers
Has found fertile ground in my heart.
It continues to resonate, telling me that
I am a person without value—without worth.
When I begin to internalize this message,
Flood me with Your love, Your truth, and Your wisdom.
Let my heart believe You when You say,
“You are my child—loved and valued.
And I most assuredly have a purpose for your life.
Whenever you have doubts, come to Me,
And I will remind you of your value,”
MY SLOGAN: In the end, God’s Truth will prevail.
—I am a child of God, highly valued by Him.
—I will cast aside my fears and walk boldly into the future.
—When I have doubts, I will dwell on God’s word—not on my fears.
—I am worthwhile in God’s eyes. This is all that matters.
MY MEDITATION: The seers will be ashamed and the diviners will be embarrassed. Indeed, they will all cover their mouths because there is no answer from God. On the other hand I am filled with power—with the Spirit of the Lord—and with justice and courage to make known to Jacob his rebellious act, even to Israel his sin (Micah 3:7-8.)
At times, I still have trouble believing God cares about me. Here is why:
I continue to have problems with fear because:
When I am fearful, here are three ways I plan to take good care of myself:
Based on God’s love, I now see my future as being: