I am so sorry that I have been unfaithful in my blogging. I must admit I have become a bit laid back when it comes to this. I think Jesus is trying to help me do better at time management and prioritization. Like the childhood song says, "He's still working on me, to make me what I ought to be". Truthfully I am thankful that God's mercies are new every single day. What a loving Lord we serve!
Recently, I have had one word, in particular, constantly on my mind. That word is HOPE. The dictionary would define hope as a feeling or expectation of something to happen. I'm sure you have hoped in your lifetime. Some of my hopes have been: "Boy, I HOPE I don't flunk this test", "I HOPE I can find someone to sit with at lunch today", "I HOPE that guy notices how ridiculously awesome I look in this outfit". (Don't give me that look, you've had the exact same thought!) (;
Now those hopes are not super serious. But I have also had some heart-throbbing hopes. I have hoped for healing, on multiple occasions, for some very good Christian people. I have hoped that my friends and family who are lost, would find God in the midst of their darkness. I have hoped that God would heal my shattered heart, when I was on the floor, in a closet asking him why.
Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is the SUBSTANCE of things HOPED for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen. ONLY because of my faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, am I able to have a SURE HOPE. I can hope without a doubt. A substance is something tangible; that can be felt, that can be held. I can hold onto my hope, because of my faith in the omnipotent God Jehovah. How can Christians be so optimistic in the middle of a horrible storm? It is only because we are putting our trust in someone much greater than us. It is because we believe that God is able to do exceeding, abundantly, above that which we ask or even think!(Eph.3:20)
Girl, without God, you have no hope. If you try to fix things on your own; if you try to figure all of the "why's" out on your own, you will only make things worse for you and others. Start trusting in someone MUCH greater than you. Put your HOPE in Jesus. Will your life be perfect if you do? Absolutely not. But because I am trusting in Christ, I can have peace and contentment. My heart is full. I know that when I face trials, I am not facing them alone. I know that because HE is the ultimate healer, if my loved one is not healed here on earth, they have been completely healed in Heaven. I have hope that someday my prince will come, if I continue to walk in God's path for me. I know that God has prepared a place for me in Heaven. I can have hope in the blood of Jesus, because I trust that whosoever calls upon his name shall be saved.
Don't be the person who doesn't truly have hope. Start trusting in a tangible hope today. Put your HOPE in Jesus. <3