"Livin" on a Prayer

Today, we begin our Newsletter by looking into the profound message of a beloved song. The lyrics of "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi

resonate deeply within us, reminding us of the importance of perseverance and faith as we navigate the journey of life.

Song Lyrics: "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi

"Tommy used to work on the docks Union's been on strike, he's down on his luck It's tough, so tough Gina works the diner all day Working for her man, she brings home her pay For love, for love"

These opening lines paint a picture of two individuals, Tommy and Gina, facing challenging circumstances in their lives. They work hard, facing adversity, and strive to make ends meet. Yet, amidst the struggles, they hold onto hope and persevere.

Devotional:

In our devotion today, we turn to the biblical passage of Jeremiah 29:11. This verse speaks to the plans and purposes God has for our lives, even amidst difficult seasons. Let us explore how these words of assurance beautifully correlate with the message of "Livin' on a Prayer."

Biblical Passage: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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."

Just as Tommy and Gina face hardships in the song, we all encounter challenges and uncertainties in life. However, Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that God has a purpose and a future filled with hope for each one of us. Even in the midst of difficult circumstances, we can trust that God is working in our lives and has plans to bring us to a place of prosperity and blessings.

Tommy and Gina exemplify the spirit of resilience and faith, living their lives with determination and hope. Their story parallels the biblical truth that despite the struggles we face, we can persevere, knowing that God's plans for our lives are ultimately for our good.

The Takeaway:

As we reflect upon the lyrics of "Livin' on a Prayer" and the words of Jeremiah 29:11, 

Let us embrace the following takeaway for the week ahead:

  •  Trust in God's plans for your life, knowing that He has a purpose and a future filled with hope for each one of us.

  • Like Tommy and Gina, persevere through the challenges, holding onto faith and relying on God's guidance.

  • Remember that even in difficult times, God is at work, shaping your life and leading you to a place of abundance and blessings.

  • As you go about your week, let this takeaway guide your thoughts and actions.

  • Trust that God's plans for your life are greater than any obstacles you may face.

  • Embrace the spirit of resilience and faith, living each day with hope and determination.

  • Seek God's guidance and surrender your worries and uncertainties to Him, knowing that He is faithful to lead you on a path of purpose and fulfillment.

Let us pray and commit ourselves to live a life of purpose, knowing that God's plans for us are filled with hope and a future. May His presence and guidance be with us as we navigate the journey ahead. Amen.

Have a Totaly Awesome week

John and Michelle H

80’s Church

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