Jeremiah 29:11 is a popular and well known Christian verse, it's a word of encouragement given to Israel who are currently in exile. Though sometimes we miss the wider context and limit our understanding of what is being said.
I don't know for certain what will happen in the future. There are some things however that I do know about the future. Firstly, that God will be with me (Hebrews 13:5), whether I am rich or poor, he will be with me. Secondly, God will still love me (Romans 8:39-39), his love never changes: he won't love me any more or any less, he loves me right now as much as he ever will.
Sometimes we can plan how we want things to go or plan to do things the same way we've always done them, and when it doesn't go exactly how we wanted we feel like the universe personally offeneded us. Ofcourse it didn't. We are not the centre of this universe, nor are our plans the best plans. God's ways are higher than ours 102% of the time (Isaiah 55:9).
I need to put my pride aside and ask for help when I need it, and I'm sure I can't be the only one who struggles with this. God has equipped his church to serve, and serving is an honour. Let us serve, but also as the disciples had to let Jesus wash their feet, learn to be served also. This is a hard lesson, but a very important one. Jesus thought you were worth dying for, and you are definitely worth helping.
God never changes and isn't a different God for everyone, but he does reveal different parts of his character to us at different times. We will go our whole live without ever coming to know him fully as we see only in part (1 Corinthians 13:12).
A Christian is human, this is true. 100% all Christians that have ever lived have been human. However is a christian only human?
Are we loving with all that we are?
A short exploration of James 1:2-4 focusing on 'trials'.
We were made to create, and we've all got something to give. A short encouragement.