Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 29, 2015

Inviting Hope

cb devo jan 29 reuse“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

 

HOPE.” As I lay on the bed, the word felt branded across my forehead. Are we steadfast in our hope? Do we really KNOW–that God has America, our town, our children, our life, under His control, or are we in despair? Hope is a beautiful word when it surrounds us, but when we lose it – our joy, our peace and perhaps even our will to live flies out the window. To have hope “in a future” is our motivation to get out of bed, go through the day, and endure for life.

 

Pilgrim, in the story by John Bunyan, lost hope and “wallowed in the Slough of Despond.” Do we do that? Our spirits droop, we know nothing except a miracle will bring about a change, and we’ve lost faith in a miracle. That, my dear friend, is where God acts! Turn your focus onto HIM, onto HIS abilities, HIS promises–get in HIS Word, and wallow there! Write down each blessing today as it happens: I just took a breath; I had food; I have a job, etc. You say, “there is nothing left in my marriage (or opportunity to change, or…)” . Always remember: God took NOTHING and made the world! Give Him your life for today and follow in His steps today, and let Him breathe new HOPE in you!

 

“Father, how we cling to Your promise that in You we have a future! We muck it up so badly, but You, O God, can take the empty hands we extend to You, filled with “Nothing” and watch You do a miracle. Increase our faith, Lord! And Lord, thank you for the cross. We love You, Lord.”
 

For His Glory

 

Sandy Day
TRBC Mountain Blend

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