Monday, December 12, 2016

25 Days of God Given Gifts ~ Day 12


Day 12 ~ Unwrapping the gift of:


HOPE





May the God of hope fill you with all joy
 and peace as you trust in him. 
Romans 15:13a


HOPE is defined as: To look forward to with confidence or expectation. It’s also one of the most common inspirational words we see. 

It’s lettered on rocks, featured in wall art, and I've even seen a face cream called Hope. Beyond the commonness, it’s a word people cling to in chronic pain; cancer; desperate financial circumstances, relationship problems, and the countless other tragedies that come into our lives. I heard in the news, a victimized woman held captive said – “I never let hope disappear”.





As Christians, our ultimate hope is not in this present life, but in the world unseen, our final destination of Heaven. If we choose to place our hope in the God of Hope, He will give us the strength to get through it, no matter our situation.


The church bells ring on Christmas to announce God’s gift to humanity and the HOPE He brought to us in the form of the baby in the Bethlehem manger.   


May you and your family be blessed by that Gift throughout this Christmas season and in the coming year.

You can find all of the posts to date in this series here:
25 Days of God Given Gifts


Thanks for following this series, praying you'll be encouraged by it. 



3 comments:

Vee said...

I like your specific examples...good writing that! The colors on this beautiful graphic are beautiful. ( I once gave my niece and ornament with
H
O
P
E
on typewriter keys hanging vertically.) I used to think that hope was a fuzzy, weak, vague word. Not anymore.

Many blessings on this snowy day...

Debbie Harris said...

Abby, you have so beautifully shared with us these past 12 days as we near Christmas day touching on some wonderful words and thoughts, thank you.
I appreciated what you had to share here about hope, excellent.

May your heart be blessed this Christmas season~~

Maxine D said...

Thank you Abby for the graphics - the verse you have used is one I memorized through the year, and I was so grateful for it when DH received his diagnosis.
Blessings
Maxine