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Showing posts with label Hope. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hope. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

W.O.W. ~ "HOPE"

This Whisper On Weds. should have been posted last week
as our nation needed to look toward
"HOPE"



However, I personally needed that whisper of
"REMEMBER"

[image credit: KTIS 98.5 radio]

so when I received this email on last Monday it was very timely yet I believe that it still is needed

"... In your darkest hour look to the One who gives us HOPE! "~Brian Simmons and Your TPT Team
Romans 15:13 The Passion Translation
(see verse after "His Whisper" below)


for each one of us 
needs a
"Walk On Weds."
just to pause in His 
Word On Weds.
and
HEAR HIM WHISPER

"HOPE"

"I am the One who gives you hope in your darkest hour. The victory of your soul will be found as you hope in Me. Come to the fountain of hope and drink this day. For the days to come require that your eyes are washed with my hope and mercy. Many see a storm cloud on the horizon and lose their way. But you will see the storm cloud that Ezekiel saw, bringing you hope for a new day.

Within the storm you will find Me, living and breathing out hope. In the midst of the fire I will stand and you will see Me with new eyes. You are an overcomer. I have seen you stand up when others have fallen. Hope has sustained you, and My love has carried you. I am breathing My breath of hope into your soul this day.

You will never carry your burdens alone. I am with you always and I will lift from your soul what troubles you. Come and look upon My face and you will see the birth of hope within you. When you feel you are in a battle with no place to turn, I am your Captain, the Warrior-King who will fight for you. There is hope waiting for you, even in the heat of battle.

Hope is like a bright light to illuminate your way. In your darkness, hope shines until it has consumed your fears. I will always be faithful to you, My child. As I look into your future I see victory, joy, and promises fulfilled. What do you see when you look into the days ahead? Wash your eyes in my fountain of hope and you will see what I see.

Now you have risen into the next level of hope. Keep stirring the fires of expectation within your soul. I will never disappoint those who hope in Me. Even as you have opened your heart to Me I too open My heart to you. Come into your resting place, O prisoner of hope, and I will show you many things you have never even imagined. I AM the God of hope, and soon, very soon, your every enemy will be defeated. Still your soul, rest in Me, and hope will be birthed within you."
~Brian Simmons and TPT Team, 7/11/16 email

"Discover the Power of Hope"
Joyce Meyer

      Romans 15:13 The Passion Translation

"Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in Him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with His super-abundance until you radiate with hope!" 


HOLDING ON TO
HOPE

HOLDING JESUS

as

JESUS HOLDS US

HE IS OUR HOPE in any DARKNESS

...sin is darkness and separates us from Him...
...sin is evil...evil is sin
SO
let us shine Jesus into the darkness

we cannot stay silent
while the enemy takes over
we must shout out and cry out
to God for mercy, justice and more 
GRACE

Hope Dolphin
[image credit: Clearwater Marine Aquarium]

{sorry, I couldn't resist, I love this movie dolphin named Hope}



Friday, February 26, 2016

MORE PASSION ... "GRACE and HOPE"

If I have this figured out correctly or have not fallen behind in my Lent devotionals, we are already on Day 15 of 40 days. {at the time I am writing this Dr. Alicia Britt Chole posted Day 11 from her "40 Days of Decrease"}. 

It was at this time, I discovered when perusing through my emails of the day, that TPT (The Passion Translation) sent me one from the following book, that I had forgotten I had ... and should have been enjoying or reading along during this Lent:

"GRACE and HOPE"

Isn't this what we look forward to at the end of this journey?

I know I do!

Both of these Words were "My One Word" for previous years
2015 and 2014
{each year until this one, I knew for sure what One Word God was speaking 
to me for me}
however I am content with
"BE" and "CHANGE"
{for the "change" is for me "to be" not do}

Yet thanks to these TPT "Whispers" twice a week, I am intently listening to HEAR God (which I also thought was a One Word at one time) ... so this is what I heard/ actually read in this 'whisper' 

"Jesus became one of us and lived our life in order to experience our death, so that he could break the power of death and our chains of sin. This is what we reflect upon and celebrate during the season of Lent and Easter. This is the HOPE we have! 

We hope this "whisper" helps bring you into the Easter season, a time of to personally reflect upon Christ's sacrifice for us and celebrate the the victorious king come again to put the world to rights! Keep reading for a great new The Passion Translation.
"

 Brian Simmons and Your TPT team 

I HEAR HIS WHISPER...

"Hope"


"I am the One who gives you hope in your darkest hour. The victory of your soul will be found as you hope in Me. Come to the fountain of hope and drink this day. For the days to come require that your eyes are washed with my hope and mercy. Many see a storm cloud on the horizon and lose their way. But you will see the storm cloud that Ezekiel saw, bringing you hope for a new day.

Within the storm you will find Me, living and breathing out hope. In the midst of the fire I will stand and you will see Me with new eyes. You are an overcomer. I have seen you stand up when others have fallen. Hope has sustained you, and My love has carried you. I am breathing My breath of hope into your soul this day.

You will never carry your burdens alone. I am with you always and I will lift from your soul what troubles you. Come and look upon My face and you will see the birth of hope within you. When you feel you are in a battle with no place to turn, I am your Captain, the Warrior-King who will fight for you. There is hope waiting for you, even in the heat of battle.

Hope is like a bright light to illuminate your way. In your darkness, hope shines until it has consumed your fears. I will always be faithful to you, My child. As I look into your future I see victory, joy, and promises fulfilled. What do you see when you look into the days ahead? Wash your eyes in my fountain of hope and you will see what I see.


Now you have risen into the next level of hope. Keep stirring the fires of expectation within your soul. I will never disappoint those who hope in Me. Even as you have opened your heart to Me I too open My heart to you. Come into your resting place, O prisoner of hope, and I will show you many things you have never even imagined. I AM the God of hope, and soon, very soon, your every enemy will be defeated. Still your soul, rest in Me, and hope will be birthed within you. "


"Romans 15:13 The Passion Translation

"Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in Him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!"

I got caught up on the readings from this beautiful book "Grace and Hope" of each daily reading right up until the current day, and not any of the other ones I'm reading or have shared here, as much as I am enjoying each one of these Lenten devotional, touched me and spoke to my heart like "Grace and Hope".

Brian Simmons certainly has a gift of flowing in God's Spirit and much compassion and Passion as he writes or gives us a modern day translation that grips us at the core. So far in this devotional, which gives me an over-all sense of the different books of the Bible that Brian has finished translating, I have read from the following passages now in The Passion Translation and find such depth of God's love in each one:

Psalm 51:1-14
John 1:14-17
John 1:29-34
John 1:35-42
Psalm 80:3-7
Hebrews 2:14-18
Hebrews 3:12-15
Hebrews 4:14-16
Hebrews 9:11-15
Hebrews 10:11-18
Psalm 65:1-5
Romans 1:16-20
Romans 3:21-26
Romans 4:18-25
Romans 5:1-2, 6-10

... and the titles of the devotionals are just as inspirational ...
 {the one given above is not in this 40 days of "Grace and Hope"}

My favorite part, as you know by now with me, is the:

 Prayer

Lenten Prayer
"... to help guide you through this Holy season of 
self-reflection and self-denial,
prayer and fasting,
repentance
and
remembrance 
all to prepare you for the hopeful words 
"It is finished!
and the even more wondrous words
"He is risen!"
..."

at the end of each day's reading like this one for Day 12


"Jesus, as I consider the bad news of my story, I am comforted by the good news of Yours. This day I stand in the power of Your gospel, knowing that through it, 
I am loved, forgiven, liberated and at peace! Amen!

[image credit: TPT]



[although this is not an official book review, I highly recommend this Lent and Easter devotional book or any of Brian Simmons' books, for you or anyone wanting to kindle a burning passionate desire for Him and His heart with this modern version of God's Word while impacting the Church for years to come. I have found reading this version "from the passion of God's heart to the passion of my own  heart" to trigger an overwhelming response to the truth of the Bible. Although the "Whispers of His Heart" so far is my favorite, I have not read one that I have not liked and heard God's passion in every Word!] I got mine through Amazon in ebooks at a really great price! {for last Christmas} I should have focused on just this one for this Lent!

But I'm still enjoying "Love Expressed"!

"Decrease"
is a little bit harder

and
for now
"AHA"
has been put aside on hold
{yes, it's another "change" challenge but at this time,
it has not captured my devoted attention like others}
maybe I am balking at the AHA CHANGE
Day 9 "Redeeming the Pain", however, caught my attention 
but sent me off on a tangent
in another direction with another book cited that I have in waiting

Too many books
(naw, that can never be, says the children librarian in me)
not enough time
(perhaps, though I'm hardly as busy as I should be)
not enough stamina anymore
(that's for sure or is it reading from a screen that gets me?)


Must just 
BE
that scatter brain me
here and there
in every direction

[credit image: Gettyimages]
HOME

"there's no place like home"

"home is where the heart is"


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WALK On WEDS.

I do realize that I mentioned on Monday
that this was in lieu of a 
"Walk On Weds."
but as it looks that this published 
clearly I lied
{I'm sorry}
[this is not my usual way because most of the time, I am painfully honest]


By now, most of you know me 
that I love my "Walks On Weds." that allow me 
time to reflect and share 
while I walk with God in the
Gardens of GRACE

***


So this is kinda like a 2nd Part of last week's "WALK"
{in case you missed that I admitted in the comments that I did not go "sketching on the beach"}
and also
Sharon's "Watching a Miracle Unfold"

... because I feel like I have loose ends to tie up and make more connections

... because I did not answer Sharon's question at the end of her fabulous "miracle" happening

... because I stored away alot of photo images from my walk last week

... because I love watching God continue to unwrap and unravel throughout my time online
and most importantly with
GOD

... because for me,

this is how Miracles unravel and unfold

when I wander from one place to another without knowing the final destination point
{another place I'll be sharing on "Friday Focus"}

but GOD does 

HE 
already has it laid out and planned
just like Sharon's Domino effect of "it just happens" leading up to 
prayers answered on her, her family's and her mom's behalf

... because 
God cares for her

and us

enough to allow

MIRACLES

to still happen

and I especially love that Sharon resolved to do more than

Praise and Thank God

then Sharon Shared 7 things more

... because Sharon wants to do more
so do I, along with her ...

... I want this Divine Intervention to infuse my faith with more faith. 

I want it to make a difference in how I trust God.  

I want it to deepen my understanding of God's faithfulness.

I want it to bring me peace as I face other turmoil in my life.

I want to KNOW more than ever, that God is in control, that He still sits on His throne, that His ways are wise and good and timely.

I want to believe…


THESE ARE GREAT STEPS
to deepen the
THANKS and PRAISE
for any
MIRACULOUS EXPERIENCE
with
God



and 
the reason that I did not answer Sharon's question as I usually attempt to do, 
of whether I have witnessed a
MIRACLE
besides that GREAT One of the Bridge above

is 
... because ...
I'm sure that I have witnessed many
BIG and SMALL
MIRACLES
yet I have never taken the time or the steps
to notice and give God the glory
as Sharon shared and we all should
like the 10 Lepers 
I usually at least give "thanks" however
I don't realize that 
THIS
indeed is/was a
MIRACLE
and
I overlook the simple
beautiful
every day
MIRACLES
in life and of life

... because ...
I'm too caught up or stuck in the muck and mire of the 
other 'stuff', the mundane, conflicts, problems,
disappointments, troubles, worldly woes

{you get my drift}

so

I ask
{googled}

Why do we miss the miracles in life?

although I did not get this question specifically answered

I encountered some really wonderful articles like

How to Live Your Life as if Everything is a Miracle

How to Receive a Miracle Part 1 & Part 2

How God Works Behind the Scenes to Position You for Miracles

How to Create Daily Miracles

God Still Performs Miracles

I guess just waking up each day
{especially with old age creeping in

with a fresh breath from God

is all the 

MIRACLE

I need

and
 
I will start counting each one

taking time to notice

... because I

"Don't [Want to] Miss the Miracles In the Storm"

[or not in the storm - my inserts]


"Living in this broken world can easily harden our hearts to the joy and peace and miracles God gives us each day." New Spring Church
I know I do not want my heart to harden!

***



So what did I do last week instead of venturing out to the beach in temps that were reported "to feel like" 104 degrees, just to sketch ??? {insert "crazy" signal pointing to self}

 [This is as brief of a summary as I can compose]

I started out by searching and watching videos on an International Faith Art community (here and there on their site and related sites, since I did not take time to sign up and register to have more access) and Art Journaling (totally new concept to me). Then I had a brainstorm idea of "Biblical Gardens" (which was really interesting and I was even able to download some coloring pages but no printer so I dabbled with sketching some) which led me to Seashells ... and I have plenty of them collected to assemble or draw and I can always get more ... yet these Garden images using Seashells ... really inspired me. Have you ever really noticed the beauty and design of a seashell? 

Nature's filled with 
MIRACLES

[image credit]


{and others interspersed above}



I also listened to many of Joan Sebastian's songs and watched the videos of him with his horses ... even in MN.




I discovered some reading plans from "GRIEF Bites" at You Version and their site, which I am doing on a personal, private level to "find treasures in hardships" and "grow through grief ..." because I'm really hoping to GROW, not just go through the valley whenever some occasion just happens and my heart remembers ...  ever so nearly, dearly and fondly ... of each MIRACLE in every person that crosses my life (REAL and VIRTUAL): I have been so blessed!



that alone is a

MIRACLE

of the connections and encounters

God designs and makes

possible

for

HIS PURPOSE


* not completely finished tying up all my loose ends but a little closer ... and I feel a bit better in the midst of lingering grief ... I'm working on it ...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WALK On WEDS. (WOW) ~ PROJECT ANYTHING

As I kinda mentioned in last FRIDAY FOCUS that I should change my PROJECT H.O.P.E. to my 'new' Project "ANYTHING" {since HOPE was My One Word in 2014, not 2015, I named it that last Lent} but it certainly is "ANYTHING" and ties up so well all my "anythings" here in Mexico. since coming here in 1996 to step out in faith and my calling since 6th grade {I waited} ... this one "Project" among so many others of a different nature ... is one that more or less puts all of my HOPE and all of my ANYTHINGS together ... so let's take a different kind of WALK On {thisWEDS. looking at the partial completion (which means - so far, but not yet finished) of my PROJECT ANYTHING


Unlisted Video

{PREFACE: I can't believe that I came back and am adding to this already "way too long" blog post but I just had to preface all of what is written here with I am not sharing this to say what I've done because it's not what I have done at all or alone, it takes many ... and this is just one of ever so many in need of much: HOPE or an ANYTHING project in this vast needy world in which we live ... this is what God laid on my heart, but it took more than me to accomplish this, to God be the Glory. I am not submitting this story to the ANYTHING PROJECT although this is exactly what it is. And it can be duplicated many times over and over to reach others and make a difference in His Story for His Glory and theirs in the Kingdom of God. I submit this here humbly as ...

"My Long "ANYTHING" Story: Testimony to God for His Glory"


When I came to Mexico in 1996 finally, I wanted to work with the kids (after all I'm a double major in Elementary  Ed. (K-6) and Spanish, so that only makes sense, right?) and have been waiting and preparing for this mission adventure since 6th grade with all my educational goals headed south of the border in this direction. So, of course, I was meant to seek out the "orphans" and ministries of this nature with kids because this is exactly what moves my heart. And that's exactly what I did do when I first came. After God spoke to me on the beach the year before I first came through Susana (my 108 year old inspiration), God altered my heart just a little to include "women" with the "children" --- those that may not have as many opportunities for education and learning about Jesus. Soon I readjusted once again to include teaching "English" through God's Word and Christian songs and began putting together lessons in English to go with this, which soon became just teaching English. (sigh) Little did I know that God had something totally different in mind for me. Something that I knew very little about but He spoke with an almost audible voice in one of my trips back to Mexico from Minnesota in 2007. I was certain I had heard Him wrong, after all, I knew absolutely nothing about "trafficked victims" of tourism or worldwide exploitation, but He was sure to confirm and show me. For many reasons, I will not go into the details of this course, but God began to open my eyes to so much more as I began to learn about this, the ministries and all that is involved; calling this my "Project A" ... {who knows, some day I may be able to share more on this "A" of Anything and who would have known when I labeled it Project "A" that the Anything Project would come along, starting with 'A'}.

God began putting together pieces of my own life, pieces of my life here since 1996-2007 and then 'outta the blue' something new showed up with the construction project on the house that I was renting ... or actually someone new. The workers that came to do the construction for the "Architect" were from an "albergue" {sorry, I realize that this a Spanish word and the closest that comes to that is a "Shelter for the Homeless"- the forgotten}. God had yet another plan that He would reveal through these workers, many of whom were new Christians, because their "shelter" was administered through one of the first churches I knew from here, "Espiritu y Verdad" which I had lost touch with because they had moved and moved and finally acquired land and began building a church in the "colonia" known as Villa Verde. {colonia/ colony is another word for just a specific section of the city; it is broken into many}. 

All of this previous explanation, is in part to show you when you step out in obedience, thinking you are ready for God's ANYTHING, He may have something entirely different from what you thought or had planned as meeting His will and following His way - your way, He will definitely pull out all stops to show you HIS way and then go about putting the pieces altogether, or running a silver thread from the beginning to the finale, for you to see how HE really was in this from the beginning and kept trying to get you to see it from His perspective. In the meanwhile, He allows you to "mess" up but He'll keep bringing you back to the ANYTHING He had planned. 

Introduce one of the workers that stands out from the others and faithfully stays with the construction project from the beginning to the end. The short of this individual's complicated life story up to the age of almost 50 ... is he is one of those "forgotten" (abandoned child, left in the care of his grandma until she dies; parents never took care of him as they parted ways and moved on with others starting over with new families, which become his "step" family, half brothers and sisters; yet (until recently by some) he is never acknowledged as family ... in fact, his life went clearly off the deep end in the wrong direction and he was thought dead, so all that was his from his "abuelita" was sold by his mother and sister. He had nothing and no one and really no reason to live, until Christ came into his life on Dec. 20th, 2011 changing everything) ... he was one of those sent to work on this construction project. 

The significance in all this, is I was ready to go home to MN, call it quits (for now) when God showed me that this precious new Christian needed a 'Shelter' of his own that indeed God is Our Shelter and Our Refuge but He does have a plan for each one of His children. This individual needed to get away from other individuals in the "albergue"- the influence that could have pulled him back to his former old self (like me or you) and given a chance to grow in Jesus Christ with his own place to live. God tugged on my heart last year to begin in Lent, a Project to give him this H.O.P.E. thus began Project H.O.P.E. ... land was finally acquired, construction of his own house began in 2015. And the above video (a documentation of God's work) is where and what he has accomplished with God on his own (mostly) through the blessings of a few donations and months of saving and looking [for another version of this story, you can go to the original blog when I got this in my spirit HERE]

He and another Christian friend (brother in Christ) found this land and divided it to have their own place to live ... so already the HOPE was spread to more. His home is built in the colony of "San Antonio"  here ... {"San Antonio"/St. Anthony is the Catholic patron saint of "lost things" ... or lost causes, or patron of the poor} ... I don't believe it was just a coincidence that they found their land here, it was most definitely a GOD-incidence, and God put all of what I had hoped together in this one person, this one soul, who needed His Heavenly Father to provide and care for him, and I pray that God still will, because he will and has many needs yet to come. He is one child among many that somehow in society (whether it's in Mexico or right in our own community) slips through the crack ... never finishes their education, lives on the street, never is able to find acceptance in a family, never draws near to God or a church, for fear and lack of knowing that there is one God, who cares and is willing to go that extra mile to WALK with us to show us His Love ... His ANYTHING -  to make us SOMETHING outta NOTHING. After all, He's God of the Miracles and this one is just getting started. 
We have excellent programs to sponsor many children throughout the world, by supporting them each month, which I totally recommend and am all for ... it's easy to love a "child"; however, on the other spectrum of life, those of us that have reached beyond mid-life ... have been forgotten and quite often need support also. Many, even if they wanted to continue working to go on living, can no longer find employment and in third world countries, economics just don't take care of the aging ones without families to care for them. More and more, families cannot take care of their own, much less their aging parents and sadly too many have forgotten them. Much of what I admired in the Mexican culture of extended families, caring for sometimes 3 generations under one roof is fading and not much of a reality any longer, at least not for the poorest among them. {well, this is another dilemma and topic for another time and journey but meanwhile there are many that are being left "forgotten"  living on the streets, homeless} God forgive us. So many needs ... so much to do ... so many left by the road side

Luke 12:48b

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Matthew 7:24-27

Matthew 9:35-38; Luke 10:2

"We instinctively tend to limit for whom we exert ourselves. We do it for people like us, and for people whom we like. Jesus will have none of that. By depicting a Samaritan helping a Jew, Jesus could not have found a more forceful way to say that anyone at all in need - regardless of race, politics, class, and religion - is your neighbor. Not everyone is your brother or sister in faith, but everyone is your neighbor, and you must love your neighbor."― Timothy KellerGenerous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just "


Some more quotes to think about


"I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. ~Mother Teresa

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~Mother Teresa

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you. ~Mother Teresa


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

GOD

will use

ANYONE

to do

ANYTHING

if we are open and begin

our

ANYTHING

by handing God our

EVERYTHING

and

making

SOMETHING

from

NOTHING

for

SOMEONE

who has

NO ONE

but

YOU

as their first

BIBLE

to show

JESUS

to them


TO BE JESUS 

ALIVE

THROUGH HIS SPIRIT

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

REACHING ONE MORE FOR

JESUS CHRIST

in Jesus' Name


Thank you for giving your ANYTHING!

In His Grace

Peggy


*additional part to "This is My Story" 7 part series +
giving testimony to the many tests of my mission
a message from my messes; a triumph from my trials



"God Cares About Every Detail" should be the title of this WALK on WEDS. and was my intent until God moved me to "detail" this part or this much of my "ANYTHING". As you can see, I had much bottled up to share and pour out as I put together this video of our progress update to God's Glory that I just had to show how very much God cares, I care and we should care for others - one by one, WON by One ... please take the time to pop over to "Meet Me in the Meadow" to read the "Someone Cares" #4 for this week ... I'm sure it will bless you as it motivated me! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"OUR HOPE ENDURES"


Natalie Grant

... "But our Hope endures 
the worst of conditions
it's more than our 

optimism 
Let the earth quake
Our Hope is unchanged
 "...

This entire year, especially this last month of December, I have shared on My One Word: HOPE! This song captures some of HOPE. However, I am far from recapping My One Word: HOPE, because I still have so much to learn or apply what I have learned through the many resources I've shared with you throughout this year. 

I guess I have a few blog posts that I would say capture best my HOPE yet I have steered clear of sharing my personal applications of how God spoke His Whispers of Hope ... "There is HOPE" and "Hope Is" are the closest ones I have to clarifying my HOPE but many of my favorite lessons and blog posts came from "Hope for the Heart" ministry and the book by June Hunt as well as the books:"The Hope Quotient" by Pastor Ray Johnston; "Let Hope In" by Pastor Pete Wilson; "Experience Hope ... Jesus Today" by Sarah Young and one with 40 devotionals of HOPE and Encouragement "Rain On Me" by Holley Gerth. 

"Lord, Thank You that You are Our Hope and we can trust in You no matter what happens. I pray You will use the storm I'm experiencing now [name your storm] to grow new flowers in my life in ways I never expected and help me appreciate even more the ones I've already been given. I don't fully understand yet how that is possible but I receive Your promise to work all things together for good in my life."  Holley Gerth, "Rain On Me"


The words "HOPE Triumphs ... through the season" is the perfect conclusion for my journey in HOPE, however 'the season' is not over for me and I will continue to hold on to HOPE and the lessons God still desires to show me. I prefer to not let any storm or "Rain on Me" hinder my hold on HOPE. As I reread my HOPE blog posts (like the ones I've linked or mentioned here) and see the wonderful way Sharon recapped her One Word: JOY ... I do believe what she wrote there can also be my lessons learned on HOPE (as I wrote in my comment and as she wrote in her #6 how our 2 words are intertwined). 


I truly have seen that HOPE is risky, and Hope is a necessity. I know HOPE is the best gift we can give or receive, as Hope binds us all together; our HOPE endures and is unchanged, as we expect the best is yet to come; Hope is eternal, powerful, contagious, persevering and always fulfilled by God. I believe my HOPE is found in Jesus Christ, as my Anchor ... and when I remember this (think or focus on this rather than the trial, suffering, problem, circumstance, etc.) anything is possible with God, who is in control (not me, or the world around me) yet still knowing and believing all this, there are times when I find it difficult trusting God with my future ... or that it will all come to pass as I hope, so I keep leaning into God's Hope for me, my heart, my life and for those I lift in prayer or whose life crosses mine that HOPE triumphs, because in Jesus, we win! "Our HOPE endures ..." and we can "Live in HOPE" instead of despair, worry, fear, anxious thoughts, overwhelming emotions, etc. Jesus is Our HOPE!


Holley Gerth - Encouragement - Hold on to Hope - 6 Premium Cards image
[image credit:Holley Gerth, Dayspring card]

*my favorite quote by Holley Gerth on HOPE is found here ... "HOPE is more than a word ... " to read the rest follow this link but the above card is a great favorite also! "You can hold on to HOPE - no matter what happens because there's One who's holding on to you. He'll stop at nothing and do anything to make sure you have everything you need."



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