For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, 
Jeremiah 29:11a (NIV)

Sometimes it feels like I’m playing “let’s make a deal” and I have to choose a door to open.  And sometimes what’s behind the door doesn’t seem like the best choice.

And sometimes it seems like the only choice.

Tuesday, August 11th was a big day. A sad day. I boxed up  my office and everything personal fit into two reusable grocery bags. Seriously?!?! 5 years of work life into two bags.

One of the things I’m doing with my new found freedom and time is trying to spend more time in this space. More time on this blog.

I am branching out. I’m even considering the 31 day writing challenge in October. Crystal Stine is taking over the hosting job. 

And I’ve also done something I’ve never done before…my first video post! Really. Don’t laugh.

It is what’s on my heart and I pray you are blessed. Please ignore the crooked glasses and the closed eyes!


Jeremiah 29:11 from Mary Bonner on Vimeo.

This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
Jeremiah 29:10-14 (NIV)
When I said I would not return to my job in the fall if it were configured the way it was in the spring, I knew not returning was a possibility. I knew that and I accepted that risk. While it is uncomfortable right now, I know it was the right choice. The waiting, the uncertainty, the changes…all part of the faith journey, the growth process.  It is stretching me.
 What is stretching you these days?
I wrote on this same topic last year. You can read it here.



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