Hope

As the words “Oh come to the alter. . . His arms are opened wide” dance softly in the background and the stubborn fight of bed time summers with sighs and slowed breathing. I sit here doing my evening Bible reading. I quickly come across this verse. Hebrews 6:19. Once again I’m stopped and am in Awe! Why?

Because the word Hope has appeared again. No it isn’t surprising to come across hope in the Bible. But it is that since Friday night as I discussed my vision board I made a year ago with friends and shared the word Hope, I have begun to see and hear it over and over again!

I don’t know where it is going but I can tell where it has been in my life. Why was Hope written on my vision board? Because without hope, one becomes hopeless. What does a hopeless person do? Resign. Resignation leads to apathy. And apathy is less than even hate. Apathy is the opposite of love not hate. Hate is a passion and a misguided sense of purpose. Apathy lacks purpose, love, and a future.

I pray you have never been to a state of pure apathy caused by a sense of hopelessness. There is a famous psychologist who studied this concept. In a sad designed study a dog was set in a box without a way to escape and zapped. The dog fought and try to find a way out until he didn’t. Eventually the dog laid down and just laid there being zapped. Once the dog had resigned the dog was give a chance to escape the zaps, but by now the dog had stopped trying. So even with the chance of freedom the dog laid there and allowed itself to be zapped. That right there is where some people end up in their lives. So hopeless. And truth is, I have been there.

But it was at that bottom I learned to look up. In my life, that point brought me to know God. At first it was slivers of light through the darkness like refraction of light from a prism. The closer I got to Him the right the light. Then Hope sprang Firth. The more trust the greater my Hope!

What started as small as a mustard seed grew and rooted and grew. Till one day my hope lead me to leap of the ledge with nothing but God to build me a parachute!

So the world Hope I wrote on my vision board represents what I received as a gift in my darkest times and even more what I hope to spread to the world!

So take this verse and this story today, if you are struggling with anything: doubt, fear, shame, anxiety, depression, stress, discontentment. . . And grasp this sliver of light. There is a hope for you have a purpose and a gift to the world only you can provide. I pray over you today, allow yourself to believe again. The world needs you!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/rom.15.13.niv

Best Year Yet!

Good morning beautiful,

Here it is, the first day of January! It’s a new year and so many memories and adventures await! Really does a one second make a difference, at midnight it may not feel like it, but for those who choose to celebrate beginnings every second counts.

Now is the chance to evaluate, pray, dream, and change. Small is huge in life. They say habits form us. The small mundane tasks we don’t even think about. That’s what makes us? Yes.

I would love to hear what you plan to do, what you plan to become, and even more so how you are going to get there! Some people pick words, some goals. I say do you. Do what you love and how you love to do it! Check lists, vision boards, books, gym membership, travel savings jars, so many things can come up to help you go to the next steps. Here are a few things you can also add to make this year the best year yet!

1. Smile!

Yes drop the rest B face! Yep we get caught up in worries, troubles, trials we forget to smile and it actual become a habit not to! Start off by taking a few minutes each morning when you wake up to sit and smile. Trust me! Life changing but so simple!

2. Get the toxic stuff out of your house this year!!

My first suggestion of course is use Young Living products!! But to be honest I just want your family safe and healthy. Baking soda, vinegar, Castile soap are basic cleaning products that go a far way!

3. Pray!!!

Leaning into God can move mountains and give you peace or strength like nothing else in this world. The heart pains tugging at you soul usually mean there is a God shape hole in your heart for it longs to be in relationship with Him. Prayer is powerful.

Looking forward to this amazing year with you! Would love to hear your words, goals, and ideas!

God bless!