Where Do You Find Hope?

How you approach 2020 determines what you hope in. Where do you find hope? Is it in yourself? Your family and friends? Your faith? Your job?

This year has shown us that those things are not reliable.

I find my hope in Jesus Christ. He has taught me that He is faithful and I can trust him. When everything around me is shaky and unreliable, daily time in His word reminds me He is constant.

This week, think about where your hope is. What are you relying on to get through the week? Where do you find hope?

Affirmations

This month we are concentration on verbs. These are attributes we need to take on. I love it when God gives me something and confirms it with something I see somewhere else. This week the word is Running. Get up. Get moving. Go at it with all you got.

Rest

The Pandemic will be blamed for many things, but one thing it has brought is rest. Rest for the planet and its inhabitants.

This morning’s sermon by Megan Marshman reminded me of how lost we can get in the busyness of our lives. It reminded me that God knew how important rest was so He modeled it himself on the seventh day after He created the earth. He knew we would become weary and tired and lose our effectiveness.

“God can’t do more with you until you rest,” Marshman said. Burn out is not a badge, she continued in telling the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19. He had had a number of successes, but needed rest.

We are the same way. We have had some successes and want to keep the momentum going. But God knows we need rest. I mean He shut down the whole planet.

The journey is designed to make you grow weary. Rest when the shepherd lays you down. Psalm 23 tells us the pasture is green and lush. Rest in it.

Art of the Month

In celebration of African American freedom, we have to remember it was not an easy battle. In light of the protests this month that were centered around the brutal killing of George Floyd by police, this piece is called Protests.

A protester has been peppersprayed.