Hope for the Future

We're a month into 2013 and it's good to be reminded of the hopeful attitude we had as the calendar turned from 2012 to 2013 that the new year would be brimming with possibilities. Sometimes I think it would be helpful to know the details of what's ahead, but that is not what happens. Perhaps God doesn't reveal the future to us so that we'll trust Him. Since only He knows the future, we have to rely on Him.

Thankfully, He encourages us in Jeremiah 29:11-14. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

God has lovingly given you another year. It’s beautifully wrapped with a big red bow, just waiting for you to open it and explore the exciting possibilities coming up on the horizon.  Look for the little things in life that are special gifts from Him, too. That can help us to be grateful no matter what comes our way. And encourage others along the way. By doing so, we’re also encouraged!

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 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 10:23-25 NIV

Bountiful blessings!

Martha

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  1. TeresaW_12 posted on 01/31/2013 11:25 AM
    Thank you; most helpful & encouraging.
  2. MicheleN posted on 02/04/2013 09:34 PM
    A perfect way to encourage my mind and uplift my burdened spirit,. Thank you, Martha! In a life overwhelmed with high demands, God's Graceful and Joy filled promises are wonderfully refreshing! I have Hebrews 10:23-24 recorded in my "bible verse" journal. I write verses down in my journal as The Lord brings them to my mind. You cannot imagine how the verses minister to me as they remind me of His Goodness. So when someone mentions a verse that God has written on my heart and mind, His Joy is awakened anew for me!
  3. SusanW_5 posted on 02/12/2013 12:29 PM
    The bible verse journal sounds like a wonderful idea. (was posted by Michele N on 2/4/13) Thank you for the great idea. I can start with Hebrews 10:23-25. Thanks Michele and Martha. God Bless.
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