Currently all the fur babies in the houseÂ are curledÂ up asleep, and I’m left alone with my box of tissues and this infernal cold I woke up with this morning. I had grand plans for my day offÂ all whichÂ were tossedÂ aside and traded forÂ pajamas and hot tea.
It’s been a while since I wrote anything. I did some traveling to Georgia, got older, the site was down for a while, picked up a temporary job, and then I celebrated the holidays with family. There’s a newsletter coming at some point, reallyÂ there is.
2016 hasn’t really been what I hoped inÂ a lot ofÂ ways, and keeping up with the news has sometimes felt like watching an episode of The Twilight Zone. My day alone and feeling under the weather hasÂ affordedÂ me a few moments of reflection. (I’d like to say quiet reflectionÂ buyÂ my sneezing is anything but quiet.)
For several years I’ve chosen a word instead of New Year’s resolutions. 2016’s word was courage.
“Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriouslyÂ evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge — a sure beginning of what heÂ is destinedÂ to complete.”Â
2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (MSG)
Despite a few setbacks and disappointments that is what I carry out of this year:
Left to my nature alone, I would never say Yes to things of God because I truly wouldn’t have the courage. But whatever God promises is a sure thing, and if He gives a promiseÂ thenÂ He also gives whatÂ is neededÂ to fulfill it.
There is hope that isn’t tied to any of the physical things we so often try to cling to in our moments of doubt and shaking.Â Hope comes from the surety found in the promises of God, that He has a plan, He is in control, and He willÂ accomplishÂ all He has planned.
It takes courage to hope, but also with hope comes more courage.Â
What has God promised you?
Take courage and have hope, He is faithful to fulfill all He has promised.