Day 9 Gratitude Practice – Thrive Where You Are (5-min. devotional)

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This is the NINTH in a 15-day gratitude devotional post.  Each day a short devotional that can be done in 5 minutes each day will be posted along with a journal prompt.  Want them all now? Download the FREE gratitude journal workbook below.

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil,
to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

Jeremiah wrote this to the Jews who were exiled to Babylon because of their disobedience. Having their world turned upside down, the nation disintegrating before their eyes. It was a time of despair.

God comforts the people through Jeremiah, but that does not mean He’s removing them from exile miraculously overnight. Although some false prophets did claim that, God told them basically not this time around. This was a time they had to sit with the discomfort and pain of what they had done.

While he reminds them His plans are ultimately for good, right now, this moment, they are to make the best of where they are. Not only that, they are to seek the welfare of the city they have been exiled to because when the city prospers, they prosper too.

Difficult as it may be, give thanks for the hope in the future and give thanks that He is right there sitting with us through the pain and discomfort.

Journal prompt:

  1. What do you think God’s plans are for you today?  Tell Him about your fears and excitement about the plans you believe He wants you to undertake.

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