Hope. It is a huge little four letter word. Without it we live a life of darkness. It is the ray of light that is able to pierce through places we cannot see.
I am so glad to have the hope of Christ Jesus and his promise of eternal life. It is so reassuring knowing the suffering and pain we have here on earth will be over, and one day we we will spend eternity in his presence.
Even though I know I have this incredible promise, I am so guilty of selling short his ability to work in my day to day life.
Friday was a road trip day. I had the radio off, driving and following the directions of my little google app voice. It wasn't the Google app automated voice that I heard most clearly. It was the one who reminded me of the verses above, and how I so often settle for less than he wants for me. Why? Because I don't bother to ask.
This girl has set some pretty lofty goals for 2016, and I am expecting it to be a year of change. However, there are other areas of my life where I could be expecting huge results, where He is perfectly capable and more than willing to work...but I haven't even asked for his help.
So today I claimed these verses for the Jones family for 2016, and I cannot wait to see what God stories I get to write about this year.
Don't leave your blessings laying on the table because you haven't asked for them. Pray. Seek God's guidance in all areas of your life...including and especially the ones you think you can handle on your own, or the ones you think he wouldn't bother with fixing. He made us for so much MORE than we ever dream for ourselves.
Father thank you for the promise of eternal life through your son Christ Jesus. Thank you for blessing me with so many things here on earth that I don't deserve. Help me not to leave your beautiful gifts lying unopened because I did not seek your will in all areas of my life. Amen.