Hope Floats

Have you seen the movie with Sandra Bullock? Talk about an embarrassing and sudden end to a marriage: her husband declares on public television that he is having an affair with her best friend.

Many of us have had sudden and life-changing events in our lives: the cancer diagnosis, the financial collapse, the job loss, the breakup. Life seems unfair at best.

But the good news is this: there is always hope. Yes, it is true. There is ALWAYS hope and as the movie title suggests, hope can float us while we’re going through the current storm. It is a choice of where we put our focus.

As we come to the close of the first week of Advent, the focus this week has been on HOPE. Hope means keeping our eyes on God, instead of our circumstances, knowing that He is in control and has everything under his watchful eye.

If we look around us, like the disciples in the ship with Jesus amidst the storm, we will lose hope. The winds of uncertainty and fear are blowing everywhere, just turn on the evening news. But what did Jesus say to the winds? “Be still”. He can quiet the storms in our lives in an instant.

That is what the Lord is saying to us today. “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:1). Hope is a close relative to faith. Hope means expecting good things to happen. Faith is envisioning them to become reality.

What is it that you are expecting this season? A job? A marriage partner? A prodigal son to return home? A healing? Believe me, the Lord can do all these if we have hope and faith. I have seen it happen in my life many times.

Remember that God has a plan and a purpose for your life (Jer 29:11). So until next time, I leave you with these words: “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

The First Gift of Christmas

This past sunday began the season of Advent. Advent means “coming” or “arrival”. It is a time of expectation, anticipation, and yes, hope. In Christian circles, Advent is a time to focus on the true gifts of Christmas – hope, peace, joy and love.

This week the focus is on the gift of hope. What do you place your hope in, dear one? Your job, your significant other, your children, or yourself possibly? Sadly, as we all know, each of these can and will disappoint us.

But there is one person who will never disappoint, and his name is Jesus. Yes, Jesus – the Messiah, the Christ child. Jesus is the reason for the season. It is not the shopping, the decorating, the food preparation, or even the giving of gifts. It is Jesus who brings us the true gifts that will last forever.

Have you lost hope in something or someone? Did some event not materialize the way you wanted it to? Or perhaps some person or situation failed you? I encourage you, dear one, to look to Jesus. He, like Coca-Cola, is the real thing. He is the only source of hope we can cling to in this world. When all else fades, Jesus is still there to light our way. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Be filled with hope, dear one, and until next time, keep looking up!

Do You Have Hope?

“These are the best of times and the worst of times” Charles Dickens said in his book “Tale of Two Cities” years ago which still holds true today. People everywhere are in crisis: war, famine,poverty, abuse. I could go on. We are all struggling with our experience of life on this planet. If I focus on all the negative events, sicknesses (remember swine flu?)and economic crashes, surely I would crawl under the covers and never come out.

But God. I love that. But God.

This is Advent season; a time to focus, not on the dark and dreary days of December but on the light of the world that is to come: Jesus, the Messiah, the Christ Child and the gifts He represents.

This week the focus is on the gift of Hope.

Where do you get your hope from? Is it from this world? Your bank account? Or perhaps your significant other?

Sorry to inform you but all of these will disappoint. The only true hope we can have is in God. He is the source of Hope and He never disappoints. He is my light and my salvation. He is the lifter of my head. When all else fails, He never does and is always there for me even when others have fled.

Without hope, we will sink into despair, despondency, and disillusionment. I think hope is a choice we make in our attitude. I have seen so many tough situations turn around that I know that there is a God and He does care for us. It is up to us whether we are going to put our hope in Him or in ourselves once again.

This Advent season will you put your hope in God? Will you choose to think that things can improve? Let the Hope of the World fill you today. “With God, nothing is impossible.” Luke 1:37.

Do You Have Hope?

“These are the best of times and the worst of times” Charles Dickens said in his book “Tale of Two Cities” years ago which still holds true today. People everywhere are in crisis: war, famine,poverty, abuse. I could go on. We are all struggling with our experience of life on this planet. If I focus on all the negative events, sicknesses (remember swine flu?)and economic crashes, surely I would crawl under the covers and never come out.

But God. I love that. But God.

This is Advent season; a time to focus, not on the dark and dreary days of December but on the light of the world that is to come: Jesus, the Messiah, the Christ Child and the gifts He represents.

This week the focus is on the gift of Hope.

Where do you get your hope from? Is it from this world? Your bank account? Or perhaps your significant other?

Sorry to inform you but all of these will disappoint. The only true hope we can have is in God. He is the source of Hope and He never disappoints. He is my light and my salvation. He is the lifter of my head. When all else fails, He never does and is always there for me even when others have fled.

Without hope, we will sink into despair, despondency, and disillusionment. I think hope is a choice we make in our attitude. I have seen so many tough situations turn around that I know that there is a God and He does care for us. It is up to us whether we are going to put our hope in Him or in ourselves once again.

This Advent season will you put your hope in God? Will you choose to think that things can improve? Let the Hope of the World fill you today. “With God, nothing is impossible.” Luke 1:37.

New Hope

Has something died in your life? A dream, a vision, a relationship? Do you have hope that God can resurrect it or has your hope died with it?

It’s a funny thing after something really bad happens to me, I usually spend some time reflecting on what happened, why it happened, and what God is trying to tell me. Of course, sometimes I don’t always get an answer to the WHY question and I have learned not to spend too much time seeking the answer. God knows the WHY and it’s my job to trust that He has the best in mind for me.

But, it seems that He is faithful to give some answers and the whole process results in a change in my thinking. Who was it that said “The problems of today cannot be resolved by yesterday’s thinking” or something like that? It boils down to Romans 12:2 which says to be “transformed daily by the renewing of your mind so that you will know the good and perfect will of God for you”.

We cannot solve today’s problems with yesterday’s old thinking patterns. We must seek, ask, and knock. There is a ton of information out there and it is up to us to search out answers to the problems in our life as best we can while trusting God to direct our path.

Just because a bad situation happens to us does not mean we are done for. The Lord Jesus can raise us up again, if we believe in His power to do so. No matter what we may have been through, the power of Jesus’ resurrection is available to us. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” (John 11:25-26)

By faith, we must believe in Christ’s power if we are to triumph over the sufferings of this life. Today, heed the words of Jesus when He said “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” (John 11:40)

New Hope

Has something died in your life? A dream, a vision, a relationship? Do you have hope that God can resurrect it or has your hope died with it?

It’s a funny thing after something really bad happens to me, I usually spend some time reflecting on what happened, why it happened, and what God is trying to tell me. Of course, sometimes I don’t always get an answer to the WHY question and I have learned not to spend too much time seeking the answer. God knows the WHY and it’s my job to trust that He has the best in mind for me.

But, it seems that He is faithful to give some answers and the whole process results in a change in my thinking. Who was it that said “The problems of today cannot be resolved by yesterday’s thinking” or something like that? It boils down to Romans 12:2 which says to be “transformed daily by the renewing of your mind so that you will know the good and perfect will of God for you”.

We cannot solve today’s problems with yesterday’s old thinking patterns. We must seek, ask, and knock. There is a ton of information out there and it is up to us to search out answers to the problems in our life as best we can while trusting God to direct our path.

Just because a bad situation happens to us does not mean we are done for. The Lord Jesus can raise us up again, if we believe in His power to do so. No matter what we may have been through, the power of Jesus’ resurrection is available to us. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” (John 11:25-26)

By faith, we must believe in Christ’s power if we are to triumph over the sufferings of this life. Today, heed the words of Jesus when He said “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” (John 11:40)