“Dear Lord, I want to be a gentle person. Please help me to be kind and gracious to others today.” ~Our Daily Bread
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” ~Roy T. Bennett
Scripture for Reflection: Proverbs 16:16
A Reflection on Hope
I started this year praying for the ability to hope. To keep my focus on God and trust Him through everything that came my way. I wanted to live each day intentionally, seeking the Lord’s strength and mercy. I knew I needed His grace to discover reasons to hope and live with joy and peace. More than anything, I wanted trust that God had a purpose for everything I experienced throughout the year.
I wanted hope cemented in my heart.
You see, in my mind, I never doubted God as the source of my hope or that He could restore my hope. The actual problem resided in my heart – the one place I desperately needed cooperation.
I had no idea where the journey would lead, what lessons I would learn, or how pain would be used to refine my desire to have hope.
Today, as I think about some of the things that happened this year, I struggle to comprehend it all. Continue reading
“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ~Omar Khayyam
Scripture for Reflection: Matthew 6:25-34
“Believers have God’s unlimited spiritual resources within reach at all times.” ~Jennifer Benson Schuldt
Scripture for Reflection: II Peter 1:1-10
“The Lord isn’t looking for impressive people; He wants willing ones who will bow the knee in humble submission. Being weak and ordinary doesn’t make you useless. Rather, it positions you for a demonstration of divine power in your life. God delights in using your dependence to display His glory.” ~Dr. Charles Stanley
Scripture for Reflection: II Corinthians 12:9-10
“The Lord is our close and faithful companion throughout our entire life. He will guide us in our deepest struggles, forgive our sin, hear each silent prayer, and shoulder the burdens we cannot bear.” ~Anne Cetas
Scripture for reflection: John 14:15-26