Hopeful

Hope:
want something to happen or be the case.
synonyms: expect, anticipate, look for, be hopeful of, pin one’s hopes on, want; More

So, Lord, what hope do I have? You are my hope! (Psalms 39:7 ERV)

For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? (Romans 8:24 NET)

What are you waiting on God for? What expectations do you have of him? What are you hoping for?

We are to be bold in our expectation of God. Call him on his word, demand the destiny he predestined before the world. He is waiting on you to want it.

Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom. But when you ask God, you must believe. Don’t doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind. (James 1:5, 6 ERV)

Dear Father, as we hope, we wait patiently for your word to be made manifest in our lives. We offer our sincere praise to your Holy Name. Father you created us in your image and likeness and we ask that you continue the work you have begun in us so we can walk in our destiny.
If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be. (James 1:4 ERV)

in Jesus name, Amen.

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Joy

Joy, joy, God’s great joy. Joy joy, down in my soul, sweet beautiful, soul saving joy….this song this song. Whenever the choir sings this I am on my feet singing all out. Fast forward, now I’m trying to live this same feeling.

Always be full of joy. Never stop praying. Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ERV)

Living this joyful life means looking past my circumstances. When the bills are due, I have joy down in my soul. When my circumstances look insurmountable I have joy that if I go to God, if I trust him he will see me through. Joy, joy God’s great joy..I’m not saying my life is perfect, that I’m without fault or that I don’t mess up but I choose Joy! I keep trusting God because he keeps showing me that he has my back. I’m not saying I always understand or that he solves my issues in the blink of an eye, but when I look back over my life I’m amazed over and over because there was NO WAY it was me. BUT GOD, joy joy sweet beautiful soul saving joy. I’m so glad that as soon as I opened my heart and my soul to him he gave me real life.

I ask you today to choose Joy! When it’s crazy, shout for joy, when your scared shout for joy, when those bills come, have joy..and remember, weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.

Don’t let their love change you.

As a little girl did you dream of your prince on a white horse who would kiss all your troubles away? Did you dream of having a husband, two kids and a white picket fence? Did you dream of a love that helped complete you? Well don’t give up on your dreams. Don’t give up on love.

Life is not always fair, the good people don’t always win and sometimes good people get hurt. But what are you gonna do, cry? Not us, Love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous, it does not boast, it does not become conceited, it does not behave dishonorably, it is not selfish, it does not become angry, it does not keep a record of wrongs, it does not rejoice at unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 LEB)

When you think about Jesus definition of love it endures, it keeps trusting and hoping and believing. So I titled this, don’t let their love change you because after we get hurt by people we love, we stop trusting in love. Hurt after hurt after hurt causes us to build these walls around our heart. When God sends us the man he picked for us he has to bring an army and march around the heart 7 times to try to get in. He has to battle his inner enemies and yours to find the heart God promised him. Women are not the only ones God made promises to, we are not the only ones who dream of a true love. We keep picking the man of our dreams turned nightmare instead of trusting that what God has for you, is for you and it may not look exactly like you think it should because Gods way is not ours. Our father looks beyond our faults and sees our need.

In 2014 I challenge you to let it go. Let that anger, hurt, disappointment and discontent go, It’s not helping you. Always remember the woman you want to be and live up to your own dreams. Be who God made you to be, your right, everybody won’t treat you right but that is truly their problem, don’t make it yours. Love like you’ve never been hurt before. Wait for the Lord’S help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’S help. (Psalms 27:14 ERV) he will send your prince as soon as you start acting like a princess!

Are you really ready?

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. (Colossians 3:1, 2 MSG)

Don’t look at my faith as a way to define yours. I am walking in the things God told me, I’m sure his message to you is not the same. Sometimes I hear people saying things like “people change when they start going to church”, “don’t judge me because you got all churchified”, “I don’t come around you because I don’t have myself together yet” and stuff like that. Would you stop kicking it with me if I got a stepdad? A new baby? A dog? Those are excuses and I won’t take them from you but don’t try and limit my relationship with God by your ability to understand it. If my walk challenges something in you, rise to the challenge or accept where you are. I won’t try to change you if you don’t try to change me. However, I would love it if you see a God given change in me and want one for yourself.

Since the day we heard these things about you, we have continued praying for you. This is what we pray: that God will make you completely sure of what he wants by giving you all the wisdom and spiritual understanding you need; that this will help you live in a way that brings honor to the Lord and pleases him in every way; that your life will produce good works of every kind and that you will grow in your knowledge of God; that God will strengthen you with his own great power, so that you will be patient and not give up when troubles come. Then you will be happy (Colossians 1:9-11 ERV)