"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." If you've been around church for a while, you've probably heard this verse a billion times. It's been highlighted in our Bibles, printed on our coffee mugs, and preached to us from countless stages. But what about when it doesn't seem like we're being prospered? Where's that "hope and future" then? Hope may not come from where we think it should or want it to, but when we really understand where it comes from we can begin to rise above our difficult circumstances and live well in a difficult world.