Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 Jeremiah 29:11(NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

DEVOTION – Dorothy Haverbusch (Ohio)

For many years, I worked with lost and troubled youth in a juvenile detention facility.  I often prayed that I would be able to plant a seed in these young people that would eventually bear fruit in their lives.  A number of years after I retired, I received a letter from a young woman with whom I had worked more than 10 years before.  She thanked me for caring about her at a difficult time in life, and she wanted to let me know about her life today.  She was happily married with two children, living a faith-filled Christian life, working as an advocate at an AIDS clinic, and attending college.

Later we met up, and in the course of our conversation, I asked her how she had come so far when many in similar  circumstances had not made positive changes in their lives.  She answered simply, “I found God.”  At a turning point in her life, she had prayed for guidance and was blessed with a path when she came across this verse:  “You make known to me the path of life” (Ps. 16:11).  Today, her faith, the word of God, her Christian husband, and her church encourage her to lead a fruitful life.

When I met that confused young girl many years ago, only God could know that one day she would inspire me to persevere on God’s path.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How can I help lead someone to God’s path today?

PRAYER:  Dear God, thank you for guidance when we most need it, and thank you also for the courage to follow that guidance.  Amen. 

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO WORK WITH TROUBLED YOUTH

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