HOPE-FULL

cropped-cropped-dew-drops-on-purple-flowers2.jpgI recently attended a two-day conference featuring Beth Moore, Christian writer, evangelist.  The preceding was attained from a booklet given to the attendees at the conference.  With the recent tragedies of young women in our city, I wanted to share this.  I pray that those that read this be blessed.  PEACE.

What is hope?  It is far more than wishes or dreams.  It is what gets you up in the morning and allows you to sleep at night.  It is what we stand on when the world is caving in and it seems as if our lives are falling apart.  It is the tenderness of a tear and the strength of steel.  Without hope it is difficult to breathe or stand or move.

How is your hope meter?  Could it be you have been disappointed so many times you have given up hope?  Has discouragement, pain or loss clouded your ability to see hope around you or in you?

Take a moment and answer that question honestly. 

Hope is first a verb.  That’s great because I need it to act and take action in my life.  On what or whom do you place your hope?  If your hope is tethered to the stock market, your career, the stuff in your hope chest, or what is in a jar(of beauty cream or a sack of weave), it will fail you.  Lasting hope is only found in being tethered to the One who loves you most, the source of all hope—Jesus.  He will hold you, help you, rescue you, deliver you, and delight you(you’ve got to believe that).  He will never let you go or let you down.  He sees you, hears you, knows you, loves you—no matter what path you are on.  On the spiritual journey of your heart, only God can bring true hope.

Hope doesn’t come in jar(in a man, in drugs, in money, in children).  It’s found (only) in Jesus.

Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!  –Romans 15:13 (MSG)

By Kaye Hurta, Crisis Counselor, LifeWay Women Events

 

Just Think About It:  Hope is strong confident expectation; sure certainty in God’s promises

*Parentheses are words from this writer

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