HOPE ~ this is a word we hear all the time. We hope for lots of things to happen, but do we HAVE hope?
For the past few years, I have chosen one word to focus on for the year. I would take my time, read scripture, and pray for the right word. This year was very different ~ my word was all in my face!
It started at our Christmas Eve service. Our pastor talked about hope.
Hope is a strong and confident expectation.
Not quite the definition I have used in the past. How about you?
Our pastor reminded us that our hope came down to earth as a baby and then gave his life for us. He gave his life for ME! Jesus gave his life so that I could have a relationship with my Heavenly Father. I have an eternity in Heaven waiting for me.
After that service, I could not get the word Hope out of my head and then it was everywhere – on blogs posts I read, in pictures, in passages I read in my Bible.
The verse at the top of my blog is my verse for 2015.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
One post I read gave me a better picture of this verse. The author talked about how we are solidly connected to God in Heaven. Jesus carried our anchor to the throne room. So no matter what storms come our way, we are anchored and cannot be moved.
How do I stay hopeful? By reading God’s Word each day and talking to my Father. He made us to have a relationship with Him. It can be so easy to let the distractions of the day keep me from building my relationship with Him, but my day always goes better when I put Him first.
After a very rough year last year, I am excited about 2015! I am stronger in my faith and I have a strong and confident expectation that God will do great things this year. I am sure we will still have hard times, but I cannot be moved because I have an anchor for my soul.
I am pushing back the fear that keeps me from being completely obedient and I am ready for Him to use me for His glory.
This Hope will keep me going through the hard times, it will give me courage to dream, and it will make me strong and courageous!
How about you? Do you have Hope? Do you have a word for 2015?
Blessing to You!