Spiritual Hope from 2011

Last year was a great year!  I enjoyed all that we learned together and really appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts with you each week.  In 2011 we talked about 1 topic each month, always considering our core topic of hope.  Let’s review what we learned (click the link if you want to read the whole blog post):

Habakkuk 2:3 “This vision is for a future time.  It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.  If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.  It will not be delayed.”

3 little take-aways for you today from Ephesians 4:24: 1-You are created to be like God. 2-God is proud of you 3-Every action you take, word you speak and promise you make should be helping you transform ever more into the individual God know you can be.

Jeremiah 6:16.  It reads “This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.””

Sometimes we need to just trust that the road is supposed to be this crooked.

Romans 5:3 says: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us — they help us learn to endure.”

What can we do to be more passionate spiritually? Do spiritual practices you enjoy, remove bad distractions, get creative, make more moments spiritual, make time for your spiritual life, change your attitude.

Psalm 19:1 “The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display his craftsmanship.”

You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? …You are the light of the world — like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket!” Matthew 5:13-15

I think God wants you to be dedicated to Him: to living the purpose He’s given you, to trying to live right and asking for forgiveness when you don’t, to sharing His good news with others, and to spending a little time each day with Him.

At the end of the day I don’t think that what really matters is the error.  It’s that we seek or offer forgiveness.  It’s not about doing right all the time, it’s about knowing that we’re human, accepting our mistakes and living lives actively forgiving each other.

Psalm 103:2 “My soul, praise the Lord and never forget how kind he is!”

Regardless of what you believe, we can all learn from the message of the story: love is a gift that lasts.

What did you learn in 2011?


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