This is a week focused on HOPE!
What do you hope for today? This week? This Year?
As you look at those four letters nestled in the fall leaves,
what is the first thing you noticed?
What memories does it trigger?
Who do you think of? How old are you?
If one doesn't have hope,
then what does this person
have to keep them moving forward?
Will you share your writing, or at least a snip-it for others to read today?
Good morning everyone! This past Sunday kicked off the Advent season, the countdown to Christmas. It's not time to start opening the chocolate countdown or opening the little gifts from the Advent tree, these begin on December 1st but the true season of Advent started a few days ago. Let the reflection, celebration, and HOPE fill your hearts today and this week. We have hope because of Jesus.
Our pastor preached about "HOPE" this week after the first candle on the advent wreath was lit, the candle of HOPE. Our pastor preaches outside of the box and gets people's attention. He asked us this question, "What are you hoping for?" Instantly I thought, I hope this is the year Heidi is found and returned home to her family. He continued after giving a few seconds to think, or it was a few seconds before I rejoined the sermon. It was his next statement and my take away from his message that stops me in my thought process.
After asking us what we hope for, he stated this, "Most stuff you hope for, you have no control over." I felt tears well up at this thought. My hope and daily prayer is for Heidi and pastor's words echoed such truth, "Most stuff you hope for, you have no control over." Amen! I have no control over when or how my sister will be found and returned to her family BUT this doesn't mean I should stop hoping and praying. On the contrary, it is because of HOPE, that we are able to seek God and ask Him to fulfill our hope. I can't control Heidi's discovery but this desire and hope "brings us to our knees in prayer" (another quote from pastor) to a God listening and answering every prayer.
God answers EVERY prayer. Sometimes it is "Yes", other times it is "No", and then there is the "Not yet". I keep hoping and lifting my prayers to God because He is faithful to answer our every prayer, this is our HOPE. As you celebrate Advent by opening little gifts, eating a daily chocolate, and in prayer...remember you have HOPE. A hope found in a relationship with Jesus. We may not be able to control the things we hope for BUT we have a God ready and able to answer these prayers. I won't lose hope. Instead, let this knowledge bring us to our knees in prayer, for God, who is in control, to answer our prayers of HOPE in a way that acknowledges He is real and our Savior.
“Advent, like its cousin Lent, is a season for prayer and reformation of our hearts.
The first week of Advent focuses on HOPE...
My writing and speaking isn't about court cases, it's about hope and a faith lost then restored on a new and more personal level.
I learned a "relationship" with Jesus is different than believing in God. When the two co-exist, life is good, even when it is spiraling around you.
It might not be easy, but it's possible and worth it. We, those who experience tragic loss need to let others know it's possible to move forward.
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As an educator I'm often reminded of this idea, "ready to bloom". So many students struggle in school because a concept, idea, or process is too difficult. This is normal and sometimes it's because he/she isn't willing to give the effort to try and learn something new but then there are times and kiddos that just aren't ready, it isn't there time to bloom.
This year I have the joy of working in the second grade. This is a fun year because most of our students are ready to bloom. Second grade is a transition year from "learning to read" in September and "reading to learn" in June. The average kid is ready to bloom and the reading, writing, math, and brain take off on adventures only halted by the student's willingness to explore. You can go anywhere, do anything, and be anyone when you read a good book.
For our students, this is difficult. As an adult you might not remember this time and think "It's so easy, why can't he/she just...", you fill in the remainder of the sentence. They can't because they might not be ready or they're afraid. We are JUST LIKE OUR KIDS!
As an adult you have the ability to examine and determine what is holding you back. Is it an attitude or fear? Or is it that you, or God, just aren't ready for this next step? If it's fear or an attitude preventing you from achieving your dreams or goals then face them head on and strive for it and move forward. It you have that gut feeling that "you aren't ready", then take time to pause and pray.
Sometimes WE aren't ready but God is, God is ready for us to bloom but we let the fear and doubts become stumbling blocks and get in our way. It's a challenge to determine if it's fear or not our time, but when we take time to focus and reflect, it will become clear. This combined with prayer will lead you in a forward motion and who knows, you might realize it's your time to bloom and let go of the things and/or people holding you back.
What are you waiting for?
Is it YOUR TIME TO BLOOM?
P * E * A * C * E
If you could change one thing to increase peace in your community,
understanding money and time aren't an obstacle...
What are you going to change and how?
Today is not different, with her arm wrapped and braced, Bernice stands on the table and invites her merry band of followers to join her.
In less than two minutes, Bernice has convinced the class to _____??______ before Mrs. ___?___ gets back but the quiet kid in the back row stands up, slams his/her books on the table and shouts ____???_____.
Who is feeling brave enough to share their writing this week?
Regardless of who you voted for, the winners have been chosen by us, the people. As a nation we need to stay UNITED and pray for our nation. I believe today would be a challenge on some level for many due to the controversial nature of our presidential election yet this offers us the opportunity to lean on each other and pray. Our nation was founded on prayer and we are the next generation to continue this great tradition and foundation.
Let us celebrate the rights and freedoms we have in these United States of America. Let's not lift grumbles or negativity into the air, instead, focus on the new beginnings and possibilities. Whether you are shaking your head or celebrating, remember to look up and say thank you, and pray.
"If you find any comfort from being in the Anointed,
if His love brings you some encouragement,
if you experience true companionship with the Spirit,
if His tenderness and mercy fill your heart;
then, brothers and sisters, here is one thing that would complete my joy--
come together as one in mind and spirit and purpose, sharing in the same love.
Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over.
Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others.
Get beyond yourselves and protecting your own interests;
be sincere, and secure your neighbors’ interests first.
In other words, adopt the mind-set of Jesus the Anointed.
Live with His attitude in your hearts...
Do all things without complaining or bickering with each other,
so you will be found innocent and blameless;
you are God’s children called to live without a single stain
on your reputations among this perverted and crooked generation.
Shine like stars across the land."
Philippians 2:1-5;14-15 Voice
I pray you are thankful to be an
American and exercising your right to vote.
Let us be a light shining for Jesus and for other nations to see.
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