HOPE

Do you ever get something in your head and no matter what you do, you just can’t shake it? I have been searching for a scripture for two weeks now that my pastor (the wonderful Bro. Woods of Grace Baptist Church) mentioned during a sermon that kept me crying that whole Sunday. I cried with hope, praise and revelation. The message was on letting go of the past, living in the present, and on the promise of the future. After such a horrible year, I have, no doubt lived in the past. Not just the bad things but the good things too. Wishing that the successes of previous years had not vanquished so quickly and pitying me and my family for our trials. In that message I learned that I needed to acknowledge what I had been through (good and bad) give thanks to God that I made it through and appreciate what I had NOW. I needed to stop grieving the past and have hope in what was to come. When you deal with a chronic illness, that is not an easy task, but if you let go and let God, it is just that simple. You won’t forget but you will learn and move on. In this sermon, the scripture that Bro. Woods mentioned made me want to keep it close and teach it to Colby. I want a scripture for each of my children, but this was the first one to touch me.

Jer. 29:11-13

“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.”

I wanted Colby to see in God’s word that there was a plan for him, that he could have hope in his future no matter what hurt was to come. That when he needed to turn to someone that God would be there to listen. This is true for all for all of us, my prayer is that I, Colby, you, seek God with all your heart and know that God is there to listen and that He has a plan for you, He gives you hope and He has a future for you. Pray and Believe.

 

Written: February 18, 2007

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