But I don't want to start a week without posting a "dinner" of scripture to meditate on and a "dessert" of song to share.
There are many wonderful scriptures about hope. In fact 1 Corinthians 13 lists hope right up there with faith and love. They are a beautiful trio, although love will always get top billing. Two scriptures about hope that I love are:
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
"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."
One of the greatest gifts God can give us is the hope that can only be found in Him. During my darkest valleys, I clung to the hope and faith that my story wouldn't end in the valley of death, but in the goodness and mercy that followed. Even now, we are facing a situation that looks hopeless, yet we don't feel despair. For we know that whatever the outcome, our hope is in a Father who can work all things for good.
I remember when we first met Daniel in his orphanage. That first trip he wouldn't smile for the camera. By my last day, he finally cracked a little smile. Over the next two and a half years of visiting, his smile grew to one that started at one ear and ended at the other. Full showing of teeth and gums. What transformed his smile was hope.
The song for this week is Natalie Grant's "Our Hope Endures." It's a song about hope that is rooted in a Father that carries us through the darkest valleys and worst storms. This week, may you have hope that can only be found in Him.
More Than Lots,