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A Real Reason for Hope

1 Peter 1:3-7

Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is so good, and by raising Jesus from death, he has given us new life and a hope that lives on. God has something stored up for you in heaven, where it will never decay or be ruined or disappear.

You have faith in God, whose power will protect you until the last day. Then he will save you, just as he has always planned to do. On that day you will be glad, even if you have to go through many hard trials for a while. Your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire. And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed. They will show that you will be given praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns.

Perfect Clarity

How many times have you wanted this? I know I have…many times.

Things don’t always make sense in this life. The answers do not always come when we want them to and it can be pretty confusing and stressful sometimes.

The longer I am around this place we call Earth, the more I believe there is only one way we’re ever going to find perfect clarity.

1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Even though I don’t know what’s ahead in my life down here, I believe that God does know up there…and I believe that He has something good planned, whatever it is. That belief has always been enough for me, no matter what the situation. The more I trust in Him and the less I trust in anything else, the better off I am.

If you’re going through a time where things don’t make a lot of sense in your life then I hope you will read the verse above and the one below to see that your happy ending is being written right now, no matter what the trial is that you might be facing at the moment.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Good things are ahead 🙂

Believe in a better tomorrow and in the meantime, don’t forget to celebrate what you have today. Chances are if you take a minute to think about it, there is a lot more in your life that is worth celebrating and being thankful for than you might have been allowing yourself to realize.

God bless.

Tackling Trials

Here’s the link to a sermon I listened to online this morning:

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=3220610621

It’s titled ‘How to Swallow Life’s Bitter Pills.’

If you have a little time, take a listen. The message was very helpful to me in showing me that trials (big and small) are going to happen – regardless of you trying to keep them out of your life and regardless of you thinking they shouldn’t be happening.

Too often, I avoid dealing with ‘bad things’ or do whatever possible to pretend they aren’t there or even try to rationalize that they just shouldn’t be there. Yet they are…and they always will be for all of us. This is just a part of life, plain and simple.

Accepting the fact that difficulties are going to come our way is a part of this sermon and it was helpful to me. There’s more but I’ll let you take a listen and hear for yourself.

For me, this message made it pretty clear that I have a long way to go in my journey. It was very humbling. There is so much to learn when it comes to loving the LORD and looking at life in a way that is pleasing to Him. It’s a work in progress here 🙂

It was a pretty tough message today, but I am glad I listened to it. Perhaps you will be too.