Let this scripture from Jeremiah 29:11 be your guide today. Write it down on a piece of paper or send it as a text to yourself. When you feel stressed or anxious, whisper the last line as a reminder of God’s gracious love.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord,
plans for your welfare and not for harm,
to give you a future with a hope.
Pause and look at the scripture again. Read slowly.
What word or image jumps out at you? Is that word a description of God’s love that seems too good to be true? An invitation to believe that God is not angry, but loving? Or do you first see the dangers, the obstacles that might prevent a close relationship to God?