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Hope…things can only go up from here

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I was thinking of the word hope and couldn’t help but picture a balloon floating in the air. Have you ever been holding a balloon by a string and then let it go? Once the balloon is released, it goes higher and higher.

How about an ice-cube in a glass of water? It gets dropped in and then pushes its way to the top.

It can’t help it.

Call it gravity or whatever, it still can’t help it. 🙂

Hope means expectation. Psalm 62:5 says “My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.”

What an incredible verse! I can’t think of a better “Person” to get my hope from. In this verse, the Hebrew definition for expectation is “cord”.

In my mind, I picture the string to the balloon as the “cord”, or expectation.  It’s tied to the balloon. I think you see where I’m going with this.

As we tie our string to the balloon and let it go, the sky is literally the limit. I do realize balloons can only go so high, but just imagine with me here, and turn off your brain. 🙂

As we tie our expectation to God, we are destined to go places. Be something. Do something.

This verse is a great encouragement and reminder to us. You may have set some goals to achieve in this new year. Fantastic! Expect great things as you connect yourself to God and allow Him to guide you.

As you drink your glass of water with ice, be reminded of hope!

Joyfully His! Thanks for reading! I hope you were encouraged! 🙂

 

Hope Minus The Less

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During this season of life where it feels as if our Nation is crumbling, it’s easy for our emotions to take a ride on the rollercoaster of hopelessness.

Proverbs 13:12 says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”

This is a verse I have read many times but it really jumped out at me today. There have been times in my life that my hope has been “deferred” or postponed. When I have allowed other things to draw my hope away. You know the story, your heart gets weak, sick, tired, and grieved.

BUT when the desire comes — those things that you wish, dream and long for — it is a tree of life.

When we allow hope to be activated in our lives those things we desire become lively and active in our lives.

Many people set goals or resolutions for the New Year. If that’s your cup of tea, let me add some sugar to it (the healthy kind of course). Make a daily choice (I’m talking to myself as well) to allow hope to be activated in your heart.

Each of us has specific things that we are called to do in this life and with hope in our heart, we can’t be stopped!

I challenge myself and you to have HOPE minus the less!

Have a Victorious New Year! Thanks for reading!
Joyfully His!

PerSPECtive

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I have unfortunately run into walls, furniture and other stationary objects. Yep, that’s right, I’ve run into objects that don’t move!

Don’t judge me. 🙂

I wouldn’t define myself as a klutz or a disaster waiting to happen. I just need my “specs” if I’m going to accomplish anything, especially if it’s in the dark.

Many of us at some point in our lives need a new perspective. A new outlook — we just need to look out of the box.

Some of us get stuck day after day looking at the same walls. The same situations. Blah. Blah. Blah.

I see things so much differently when I’m not wearing my contact lenses or glasses. Things appear dull, blurry, fuzzy or non-existent (hence walking into furniture).

Need a glimpse of hope? Put some specs on or get a new prescription. 🙂

It’s like the girl who put on someone elses glasses and thought she was petting a cat when in reality she was petting a sewer rat.

When I think of perspective, I can’t help but think about the story of the paralytic that is mentioned in Mark 2:1-5.

“And again He (Jesus) entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.  2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. 3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. 4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you.’”

This man and his friends changed their position and their perspective.

They had a SPECtacular view! 🙂

If you are feeling dull, hopeless, helpless, you name it — try changing your view.

I hope you were encouraged! Thanks for reading!

Joyfully His!

(Im)Possible

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A friend from High School posted in her facebook status that Impossible means “I’m Possible”. Such a great way to look at this word!

I love it!

Could you imagine an angel coming to you and telling you that you were going to be impregnated by the Spirit of God?

Ok, first of all, if an angel approached me I think I would need a pair of Depends (diaper)!

Luke 1:35-37 “And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.  36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.'”

I thought it was interesting that when the angel talked to Mary, he FIRST told her that she was going to give birth to the Son of God.

Ok, yep, impossible situation in our minds!

The SECOND thing the angel said to her was that Elizabeth, the one who was considered barren, was 6 months pregnant!

I believe the angel told Mary about Elizabeth to build her faith! A barren woman was now prego!

Now Mary could believe that “impossible” thing could happen to her.

“For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.” Luke 1:37

So that “thing” that seems “impossible” is Possible!

I hope you were encouraged today! 🙂