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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. -Jeremiah 29:11-13

I can't count how many times I have heard Jeremiah 29:11 quoted-- either verbally or in writing. It's a great verse, for sure-- but, taken out of context, it can be misunderstood to be a promise of blessings to come with little or no effort on our part. It is vital that we pay attention to verse 13, which makes it clear that we will find Him when we search for Him with all our heart. How often do I seek Him with all my heart? Nowhere near enough. Perhaps that would be a nice resolution for the New Year that I can begin right here and now.

My wife and I recently bought the movie War Room and watched it. (If you have not seen it yet, I highly recommend it. It is a motivational and deeply moving film). The message I took from it was clearly stated in those verses from Jeremiah: if I want to be blessed, I need to do something first. I need to seek Him and His will for me in my life of service to His kingdom.

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