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Hope | Deanna George
S~ Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
O~ Have a tight grip on your hope in Jesus. He is faithful. He promised to be faithful. Believe it!
A~ When God doesn’t answer our prayers when and how we want them answered, our hope and faith can get a little shaky. This is when we need to grasp tighter and hang on for the ride. Our wishes don’t always come to fruition, but that doesn’t mean God isn’t faithful. It means he is in control, and we are not. We don’t get to see the whole picture. God has much bigger plans for us than we could ever possibly dream of. We have to have faith and hope that he knows what is best for us and what is the best path to get us there. There may be pain and suffering, but God is faithful through it all. Through our hope in all circumstances, our faith can be strengthened and our lives can be living examples of how God is faithful. What could God do with that? Never underestimate how God can use our lives to reach others.
P~ Lord Jesus, during times of heartbreak, frustrations, and fears, I tend to get self-absorbed. I tend to focus on how I can fix it. I shift my hope to my abilities to conquer the situation. Boy, my pride sure knows how to add to the tension and anxiety! I need the peace that only you can provide. I have been provided your peace during tough circumstances, and it feels so sweet. I want that hope to remain in you and not default back to me. I want that grip to tighten on that hope in you. Tighten my grip Lord by bringing me to your word first and not as a last resort. Meet me in prayer so that I may get a sweet taste of your presence in the midst of my chaos. Help me to trust you in the big picture of my life, even though I can’t see it or know it. Thank you for being faithful.
Encourage | Kim Chipman
S~ And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
O~ There are people who say they can have faith in God but not go to church, and I believe that is true, but I would never want that kind of faith. I need my people. I need my supporters, my sharpeners, my tribe! This is one of the many places You encourage us as believers to invest in one another. My church calls it focusing on our “one anothers”. You call us to that. We are not designed to do this thing alone.
A~ The reminder here for me today is that my people – the ones who fill me up and hold me up – are not just supposed to be my selfish indulgence. Our meeting together is for encouragement. To spur one another on. To help one another look more like Jesus. To grow in love.
Probably my favorite thing to do is to hear people’s stories. I love it when a testimony is shared. This week at my church 2 people shared stories about how the fellowship of church family helped them through the grief of losing loved ones. I love to hear people’s God stories.
About a week ago I met with our campus pastor and some small group leaders. We shared stories of seeing God move, that was super encouraging to me! Sometimes leading people can feel lonely, but meeting together was so encouraging and fueled my fire.
P~ Lord, help me to be willing to share my story and to look for opportunities to encourage others. We are all in this together. Show me how to do this well. I love You!