Friday, January 18, 2013

Hope or Give Up?

I'm ready to "throw in the towel!"  Have you ever been there or are you there right now?

There are several situations where I have told the Lord, "I have almost no hope that these situations will every change or work out, but I know with You there is always hope."

Scripture memorization has been very important to me for a number of years.  (I have encouraged [pushed] my Sunday School class to participate and many have done really well!)  I chose my first memory verse for 2013 several weeks ago and wrote it in my new spiral as soon as I received it from Living Proof Siesta Scripture Memorization (Beth Moore) so I would be ready when the new year began.

I woke up really early on December 27, 2012 and decided to begin work on my first verse - not 2013 yet, I know - but I do tend to be a little over zealous at times.  This is the verse:  "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13 NIV)

I know I said "I" chose the verse, but it is obvious to me that it was not really my choice.  God knew what I was going to need in January, 2013.  He knew I was about ready to "throw in the towel."

Am I going to "Give Up" on several situations or am I going to "Hope?"  By the power of the Holy Spirit, I can not only hope, but I can "overflow with hope."  Don't give up!  We can overflow with hope when we trust and allow the Holy Spirit's power to work in and through us.

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