Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hang on to hope

Hang on to hope despite the circumstances. 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

I am grateful for God’s encouragement and this glorious rainbow we witnessed in our neighborhood last week. This sign was a sweet surprise reminder of God’s faithfulness and sovereignty. 

My video of our rainbow sighting ;-)

My husband captured this image from our roof!

These earthly rainbows give a vision…a mere glimpse of the heavenly rainbow we’ll see at God’s throne!

And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone:
and there was a rainbow round about the throne,
 in sight like unto an emerald.

Revelation 4:3

Until then, our lives will have joys and bumps along the way.  An eternal hope remains even as we are reminded of blessings and hardship in 
Job 1:21…

And he said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

The song “It is Well with My Soul” and the story behind it carry a timeless message of hope as well.

The Apostle Paul experienced many tribulations in his life, yet held on to the hope and encouraged fellow Christ followers to trust in their Savior.

Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren,
my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.

Philippians 4:4

From Genesis to Revelation the glorious everlasting hope has been proclaimed!

“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen,
 look up and lift up your heads, 
because your redemption draws near.”

Luke 21:25-28

The nearly full November moon this autumn. 

Keep an eternal focus – not on what is temporary 
– fix your eye on the big picture!
There is much happening behind the scenes.  As Shakespeare said, 
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…”  
Pay attention to world events, but don’t be distracted by puppet shows or deceived by false promises of peace.  Praise God!  True hope is on the horizon!

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world.
If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight,
so that I should not be delivered to the Jews;
but now My kingdom is not from here.”

John 18:36

 Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.

Daniel 12:3

May the Lord’s peace and hope always be with you! 
Awaiting the release in this year of Jubilee 5777.

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