Focusing on God-given-hope this first week of Advent has given me a new appreciation and awareness of the need to believe, think, speak, and look for hope, the reality of Christ. Romans 5:5 has been the key verse for this week, a promise that God generously gives hope to manage whatever occurs in the day.
To remember the Truth of the Bible, I often connect specific words with a picture. As elementary as it seems, there is power in connecting to an image of Truth as well as thinking and speaking it. I think of the hope promised in Romans 5:5 as a never-ending-rushing river pouring down from heaven.
Yet. The circumstances of life may become an obstacle to believing a river of hope pouring down from heaven exists or would ever be possible to receive.
There are times hope seems to be non-existent. But. Hope is not dependent on how things are going but upon the willingness to receive the God-given gift.
Sometimes it seems impossible to step into the river of hope pouring down from heaven. But. It’s always possible with God.
Today . . . light the candle symbolizing hope . . . tell the story of hope pouring down from heaven.
At the end of the day, I see hope in my “joys.”
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)