His Plans Are Good
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
Happy New Year! What a blessing that we made it into 2020. I know some of you may be dreading this new year because the pressure is on you: the pressure to perform, the pressure to have your goals and visions on paper for 2020. You may even feel defeated because you didn't finish the goals you had written down from 2019. Or maybe life happened, and 2019 was just hard.
You are not by yourself!!
Early September, I found out I was pregnant. Immediately after, I became extremely sick, and my hyperemesis gravidarum was aggressive this pregnancy. I was unable to keep food and water down, and trips for fluids and doctor appointments every other week became the norm. I experienced weight loss and other health issues.
The end of my 2019 was brutal, due to a high-risk pregnancy, failing health, and losing our angel Zoey. The last five months rocked me to my core, and there were goals I didn't finish. But I was reminded of Jeremiah 29:11. God knows our future, and his plans for us are excellent and full of hope. God is with us and for us as we fulfill his mission. However, that doesn't mean that we won't be exempt from pain, suffering, or hardship, but God will be with us even in the bad times.
But the flesh part of me experienced that gut-wrenching feeling in the pit of my stomach. I felt disheartened because of my unfinished goals and our loss. While drowning in my losses, the Holy Spirit reminded me of Galatians 6:9.
"Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap if we do not give in."
But what does that mean exactly?
My Study Bible breaks it down like this; it is discouraging to continue to do right and receive no word of thanks or see tangible results. But Paul challenged the Galatians, and he challenges us to keep on doing good and to trust God for the conclusion. In due time, we will reap a harvest of blessing.
As the Holy Spirit encourages me, I am compelled to keep working on those assignments God placed in me. I urge you to do the same. You can either persevere and pick back up your goals and finish them, or allow the enemy to play with your mind.
Some of you that are reading this, the enemy has told you, "Abort it all, you didn't complete it in 2019, you definitely won't complete it in 2020". I want to combat that lie with God's Word. Habakkuk 2:3 says, "For the vision is yet for the appointed [future] time It hurries toward the goal [of fulfillment]; it will not fail. Even though it delays, wait [patiently] for it, because it will certainly come; it will not delay."
2019 was indeed hard for me, but HIS PLANS ARE GOOD.
If 2019 was hard and you have unfinished goals, YOU WILL finish what God has given you! Every loss you endured, God is going to give you 20 times better. Your anointing hasn't left! You are Anointed. You are Chosen.