This hope.

"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. "
~Hebrews 16:19  

Life gets real, doesn’t it?

It seems like in your 40s, it gets really real.  Marriages end.  You can no longer control your kids exposure to “the world” as much as you might want to.  People get sick.  Maybe you aren’t where you thought you’d be at this point in life.  Your own body starts to turn against you.  You lose your job.  You lose loved ones.  Someone close to you gets cancer.  Your kids make mistakes – maybe big ones.  There are new challenges to deal with.

All of these with increasing regularity.

Really Real, I tell you!  I feel it and I see it and I experience it in and around me.

But this.  God has been providing us with some amazingly beautiful sunrises lately.  Not only does the sun rise every morning, even on hard days – but the creator of all things gives us a bonus and makes it beautiful for us.

sunrise

It has just been a reminder for me that my hope is solely in God.  He is faithful, unchanging, and loves me more than I can fathom.

This hope.

This hope is an anchor for my soul.

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wisdom and hope

Hi there!

We’ve got some “stuff” going on around here that is taking up a lot of my time and energy.  Hence my loooong time between posts.

This was in my devotion this morning and it spoke to me.  I thought at the very least I’d share it because we all have “stuff” cluttering our hearts, minds, and calendars, don’t we?  And sometimes that “stuff” can be discouraging.

So here you go…

“Wisdom and hope are traveling companions.  Wise men and women learn to think optimistically about their lives, their futures, and their faith.  The pessimists, however, are not so fortunate;  they choose instead to focus their thoughts and energies on faultfinding, criticizing, and complaining, with precious little to show for their efforts.  To become wise, we must seek God’s wisdom – the wisdom of hope – and we must live according to God’s Word.  To become wise, we must seek God’s guidance with consistency and purpose.  To become wise, we must not only learn the lessons of life, we must live by them.”

~A Woman of Faith devotional

I’ve been too much of a pessimist about my situation and need to rely more heavily on God and his wisdom and hope!  And one of these days I’ll probably blog about all the “stuff” – when it’s over!

I pray all is going well with you, dear friends!  Give a shout out if this spoke to you in any way!

Encouragement

Just a scripture verse I wanted to share that I’m thinking about today.

Romans 15:4

“Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

God inspired the writing of the Bible to teach me AND to give me hope.  Thank you, God!