This first week of Advent is about HOPE.
I love Ann Voskamp’s definition – “A defiant reliance on God keeping His word.”
In this crazy, chaotic time in our nation, we need to rely on God’s faithfulness more than ever. Because that is what He promises, to be faithful. We just need to trust Him, to defiantly rely on Him.
This is one of my favorite verses. May you find hope in this verse no matter what you face this week and this Christmas season.
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The verses used in this weekly series are from Norman Vincent Peale’s 52 Weeks To A Positive Life, which is a series of 52 cards. However, the card for week #4 is missing. So I found another Bible verse that is not in the cards.
This is one of my favorite verses and there is a magnetic book mark standing on my desk to keep this verse front and center in my mind. I find it very comforting and uplifting. Hopefully you do as well.
May you overflow with hope this week.
Sunday I looked out the kitchen window and there was Rommie lying in the backyard, panting, and had a big ol’ grin on her face. She was waiting for me to come back out and play more tennis ball.
It was then I had a revelation and suddenly saw Rommie as an example of how I am to be with God.
God wants us to trust him as Rommie trusts me.
She knows I will make sure she has food, treats, tennis balls, visits to the vet, and set up her swimming pool. Whatever her needs are, she knows I will meet them. She does not worry about anything. She is happy because she knows I will take care of her and as a result, she lives life to the fullest.
I need to practice what she quietly preaches. Live life fully knowing God will meet all my needs from career to my physical self to my physical surroundings.
May you live fully knowing God will meet all your needs.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 (NIV)
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