For I Know the Plans I Have For You – Jeremiah 29:11

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bible verses about moving forward

2016 Word of the Year

I am not good at resolutions. You see, I struggle with something called “perfectionism.” I tend to be hard on myself  if  when things don’t turn out exactly as planned. In years past when I created a list of resolutions, I would feel like a failure at the end of the year if all of my resolutions were not accomplished. No matter how many of the resolutions might have been successful, I would beat myself up over the few things that were not achieved. So, I gave up on resolutions a long time ago.

Don’t get me wrong. I do believe in goals. Goals are very important! I realize “goals” and “resolutions” are similar, but somehow in my brain they are very different. My brain thinks of a “goal” as something to strive toward. Goals should be set very high and may take a long time to achieve. But to my brain and to my heart, a “resolution” is more like a promise. A vow. Breaking a promise or a vow, even to myself, is a serious offense and something I strive never to do.

Oh, I hope that makes sense to someone out there!

A couple of years ago a friend of mine started selecting a WORD for the year. I love this concept! One word to motivate me and to focus on all year. This is something I can commit to!

I had already been thinking about my Word for 2016 for the past several weeks. Some words I have considered include: focus, balance, prioritize, joy – just to name a few. However, in the past few days my 2016 Word of the Year has become quite clear.


This is definitely what God is speaking to me right now.

Last year was a rough one for me. Maybe it was for you, too?
God doesn’t want us to get stuck or to dwell in the past. He has a hope and a future for us, and we must keep moving forward toward His goal for us and with His ever present help.


I looked up some Bible verses about moving forward…

Philippians 3:13-14 (ESV)

13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Job 17:9 (NLT)

The righteous keep moving forward,
and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.

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.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Proverbs 4:25 (ESV)

25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.

Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)

18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.

Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)

11 The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

Proverbs 4:25 (NIV)

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.

Hebrews 12:1-2a (NIV)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with
perseverance the race marked out for us
fixing our eyes on Jesus.

And this one is my favorite. I’ve made this my Bible verse for the year:

This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
~ Isaiah 43:16, 18-19

You’ll find a printable version of Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 HERE.

I couldn’t resist making another printable. There are so many verses I love!

“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.”

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord...Jeremiah 29:11

Download this free printable of Jeremiah 29:11 in the size you prefer:

Download the 5 x 7 size HERE.
Download the 8 x 10 size HERE.

Do you have any favorite Bible verses about moving forward?
I’d love to hear them! Please leave a comment below.

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