Peace Hope Joy Love

Rejoice in our confident hope, be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

Romans 12:12 (NLV)

My favorite passage in the entire Bible is Romans 12! Paul teaches us how to live a righteous life to the fullest. The Psalmist also says to wait patiently upon the Lord. We know this to be certain when we hope and wait patiently upon the Lord, knowing He will direct our paths, be our refuge and strength, our source of love and comfort. For only God is our source from where everything comes from and goes. He is the Alpha and the Omega.

When you live an obedient life, you’ll experience His Peace transcending through you to live in harmony with Him. This is my hope, and my hope for you.

Be still and know that I am God. The one with whom all blessings flow.

What is your hope?

How does your life illuminate peace?

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BECOMING ANCHORED

Perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:4 (NIV)

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In Romans 5, it is further stated that through our sorrows brings perseverance. Paul had mentioned in Philippians how he pressed on and moved forward. Life goes on, as they say. And so, it does!

Do everything to bring Glory to God. For through our sorrows, we hope to be of help to others who are going through the same circumstances we have. All through the Bible, it speaks of how one person went through difficult times and of those who sought hope in the Lord who then brought them through their trials.

Job lost everything he owned, everyone he loved.

Joseph was scared what folks would think when Mary was impregnated by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was crucified for our sins.

How does your perseverance reveal your character and where your hope lies?

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Does your desires align with your purpose

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

Searching for your purpose can be overwhelming and terrifying. You might ask, “What if my desires don’t come to light?”

Well let me tell you this, my friend. God cares more about what’s in your heart. So, think of it like this. Do your desires align with God’s purpose for you? How do you know for sure? What do you enjoy doing more than anything?

Get to know God better, through prayer, scripture, and meditation. Seek Him with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)

Know what pleases God and what God detests.

Do your desires please God or yourself?

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Seasons of Hope

And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My Hope is in you.
Psalm 39:7 (NKJV)

I enjoy the summer months lounging by the pool or gazing out at the lake while boaters take advantage of boating season here in Michigan. Our summers are short in contrast to Florida. However, we spend our time wisely during the summer and don’t take it for granted because here in Michigan, the splendid fall colors will be upon us quickly. I love seeing the reflection off the lakes or taking color tours by car. Autumn has lots to offer and give thanks for while preparing for yet another season. Winter and then Spring again.

Maybe you’re going through a difficult season now. In what season do you find your hope?

How can you begin to turn to God in all seasons and let Him be your hope no matter your circumstances?

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God’s grace is good for today

Jesus said to His followers, “Because of this, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you are going to eat. Do not worry about your body, what you are going to wear.”
Luke 12:22 (NLV)

God’s grace is good for today. We really don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. Now, while it’s fine to plan ahead, today is today and we should live to the fullest every moment of every day.

Therefore, our hope is with the Lord. He will supply us with our needs every day, one day at a time. When I was younger, starting out as a contractor running my own business, I was obsessed with planning, worrying, and always thinking of tomorrow. Well, tomorrow came again and again, but I missed many todays.

How about you? Are you hoping for a better tomorrow or are you living today?

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God is our source of Hope

You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.
Psalms 119:114 (NLT)

Too often when looking for comfort in other people, we are essentially placing them above God. Soon we will be disappointed when they don’t meet our expectations and we feel hopeless. While we can find satisfaction in other people, having hopes they will be our source of happiness will end up letting us down eventually.

Consider turning to God. He is the only true source of our happiness. We know this by His promises, such as the Bible verse here in Psalm 119. We can come to the realization that God is really our only true source of Joy and is our harbor.

Have you anchored your source of hope with God?

In what ways has He provided protection for you when you sought refuge with Him?

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Becoming Anchored Devotional – Week 2

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 (NIV)

Too often when adversity strikes, we tend to feel uncertain, hopeless, and powerless. When we discover the power of letting go and letting God into every aspect of our lives, blessings begin to follow.

Many of us know that life can be stressful if we let it. There are ways to relieve that stress through self-care. Taking a walk, a hobby, talking with a friend are a few ways to destress. When we step back for a minute, we may gain a new perspective. For myself, prayer helps me regain my focus on what truly matters most in my life at the moment.

See what works for you.

How does this Bible verse give you hope?

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Becoming Anchored Devotional – Week 1

We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are. Acts 15:11 (NIV)

Sometimes I listen to inspirational and motivational audiobooks. The author is usually engaging and knows how to grab attention. I find these books challenge my thoughts and inspire new ideas and thought patterns. I find this helpful when I want to learn more about what interests me and aligns with God’s purposes.

The same holds true when reading Scripture. It is inspiring and we learn how others have gone through everything we do, and how God’s grace has been a lifeline to many, which gives us hope.

How does Jesus influence your thoughts?

Who else has inspired you?

What do you hope for?

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