Sunday, October 29, 2006

"And hope will not disappoint"

Yesterday in the mail, I was sent a wonderful article from a friend in Minnesota on HOPE. I want to share a few excerpts from that article that I trust will encourage you, especially if there is something in your life right now that is hard to bear.

"Keep the Lights On" by Leith Anderson

"Besides the physical need for food, air, water and shelter, humans require one thing in order to survive and thrive in life. Some people say it's health, and others claim it's happiness. But one thing beats them both: hope. No one can make it through life without would be impossible to be constantly happy...but as Christians we can hold on to hope.
Always....throughout long lives and difficult times."

"Hope is all about tomorrow."

"Hope is the cornerstone of the Christian faith and a wonderful gift to every believer who will accept it."

"Christian hope is different because it comes from God, not from our imaginations."

"God puts us on a path to tomorrow but surprises us with twists and turns we would never expect."

"Hope is a precious commodity that needs to be carefully guarded. Colossians 1:23 warns us to 'continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel....Many things can steal hope from our lives: disappointment, disease, poverty, death and divorce are a few.....We may be our own greatest thieves of hope. Although we don't choose to feel hopeless, we can easily and thoughtlessly put our hope in the wrong person, possession, or circumstance.....Our hope must be in God. Money, people, and good health are not dependable, but God is."

"Be patient. Don't give up easily. Don't surrender too soon. Don't think God has forgotten. Hold on to hope with the conviction that God will do good no matter how long it takes. Romans 8:25 reminds us, "But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."

"Expect surprises when God turns hope into reality. Remember our hope is not in good outcomes....Our hope is in God."

"Keep the lights on. When illness strikes, when loved ones die or when you feel swamped with discouragement, hold on to hope. Don't let anyone talk you into putting out the lights of hope. Keep your hope bright through faith in God."

May your hope in God spark hope in those around you,


Blogger Barbara Olmos said...

It was so refreshing to read those excellent, wonderful, and timely words. Thank you for reinforcing a truth that God has been teaching me these last few months.

3:12 PM  

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