THE GOD OF HOPE
Now 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.
Don't you love that language? Our God is called the God of hope. That verse has been such an encouaragement to my soul in recent weeks. I need the God of hope to fill me with His joy and peace. And, the verse continues that it comes to us as we trust in Him.
We do not trust in others, in our circumstance or even in ourselves.
We look to the God of hope.
'There shall be a root of Jesse; and He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope!
and placing them in frames around the Christmas table. See link below for a copy of the verses. 1
Unless the Lord builds the house,its builders labor in vain.
We dressed up the old 'Loving Family' doll house with a few green pipe cleaners and some red ribbon left overs. I thought Michaela did a wonderful job on the wreath. Now, if only they would stop playing with the house, it would all stay nice and tidy. I kid of course... sort of.
IF YOU WORRY...
Our God is a God of hope and it is He alone who must build our homes. So, if He is so willing and so able why are we so prone to worry?
My grandmother would always say, "If you pray, why worry. And if you worry, why pray?" But Grandma, there are so many things to worry about!
To love God with our minds, our meditation must be directed by His commands (yes, commands):
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ~Matthew 6:34
Be anxious for nothing... make your requests known to God and the peace of God... will guard your heart and your mind... ~Philippians 4:6-7
It is a struggle at times. But worry robs us of peace and keeps us from enjoying what is real and blessed right before our eyes.
Our little Lydia has recently been having seizures. We truly rest in God's control.
1 There are so many exciting verses that foretold the coming of Christ in specific ways- each hundreds of years before His arrival and most completely out of His control. This year Faith had the wonderful idea to put one prophesy fulfilled in Christ at each place setting. I helped her find the verses, then she typed them up and slipped them into simple Dollar Store frames. Each person read their verse before dinner. And, of course, we wanted to share a copy with you!