Celebrate Hope


I hope you always find a reason to smile.
~ Maya Angelou ~

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the LORD is.
~ Jeremiah 17:7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.  Hope all is well in your world.

This week, I smile and celebrate hope because of my trust and faith in The Lord.

I believe hope compliments faith to keep trusting God to ________________ (fill in the blank).

I love using the ______________ fill in the blank because responses can be different for each of us and it promotes participation. (wink)

Hope is a beautiful thing when we remember something or someone that brings a smile.
Hope is powerful when we know circumstances change and the power of prayer.
Hope is a lifeline to living out our purpose.
Hope is praising God regularly; sometimes moment to moment.

For our reading pleadure, scriptures on areas of hope – the expectation of future good. Wahoo, something to read!

Kinds of hope:
Natural expectation – Acts 27:20
Sinful expectation – Acts 24:26
Impossible – Romans 4:18
Spiritual assurance – 2 Corinthians 1:7

Hope described as:
Living – 1 Peter 1:3
Blessed – Titus 2:13
Good – 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Better – Hebrews 7:19
Sure and steadfast – Hebrews 6:19
One of the great virtues – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Product of hope:
Purity – 1 John 3:3
Patience – Romans 8:25</b
Courage – Romans 5:4, 5
Joy – Romans 12:12
Salvation – Romans 8:23
Assurance – Hebrews 6:18, 19
Stability – Colossians 1:23

Grounds of hope:
God’s Word – Psalm 119:42-81 and Romans 15:4
God’s promises – Acts 26:6, 7 and Titus 1:2

Objects of hope:
God – Psalm 39:7
Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:19
Salvation – Romans 5:1-5
Resurrection – Acts 23:6
Eternal life – Titus 1:2
Glory – Romans 5:2
Christ’s return – Romans 8:22-25

Abundant blessings my friends with hope, by keeping the faith, of better things to come.

Your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

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Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Grateful”

I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard. ~ Maya Angelou ~

Hello friends (smile) I’m sharing some of my grateful thoughts for the Two-Cents Tuesday Challenge. I encourage you to share your grateful thoughts. (smile)

I’m grateful everyday that my Lord and Savior wakes me up and equips me, by faith, for the day. (smile) I’m grateful that He answers my prayers! (smile) I’mgrateful for every good thing in my life!

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I’m grateful for the wisdom to understand that life will bring challenges and sometimes those challenges force me to continue to grow and mature in every area of life. (gritted teeth smile) Sometimes, it’s painful! Can I get a witness (wink and a smile)

I’m grateful that the spiritual fruit within me continues to grow and make me more spiritual. I’m grateful for His mercy and grace when I stumble. There are times, I stumble hard. (shock face)

I’m grateful for family and friends who encourage and hang with me when I’m overwhelmed or frustrated by things and stuff and/or X, Y, and Z. Thank you! God bless you big! (smile)

I’m grateful for disappointments because God loves and protects me and has something better. Thank you Lord. (smile)

I’m grateful for the courage to be me! I’m grateful that I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. (smile) Praise The Lord!

I’m grateful for times when God moves, in a mighty way, to let me know, He’s working and to keep the faith. (smile)

I’m grateful for His Word being deeply rooted within to speak to situations by faith and prayer.

I’m grateful for His presence in my life. When going through stuff, He walks me through and comforts me through my tears. I’m grateful that when it’s over, I’m stronger than before. Thank you Lord!

Finally, I’m grateful that I truly believe and trust Romans 8:28! (smile)

Have a blessed and grateful day, my friends! (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)