I like puzzles but find myself trying to jam pieces into spots that don’t fit. As with life, many times I tried to jam my own life puzzle pieces into situations only to bring panic and stress. What I needed to have done first was to reach for God’s puzzle piece called Hope.
Hope is an important piece needed for our life puzzle.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
A new week is before us. There are appointments, responsibilities, kid’s issues, and financial stressors. I am not a math scholar yet this equation I made from the verse above can provide this puzzle piece to fit snug into our life.
God of Hope + God’s Joy and Peace + Your Trust= HIS HOPE
God, the Creator of the universe, is also the Creator of HOPE. Our radios and televisions flash stories of hatred, illness, and heartbreak. Rarely is hope voiced. Sometimes our own personal lives experience similar stories.
In the margin of my Bible in 2008, I wrote the words HOPE. Life had been moving along for over 10 years raising my girls alone. I was working two jobs and I was tired of carrying the load. It was verses like Psalm 119: 81 that I clung too. “I long for you to rescue me! Your word is my only hope”.
With a whirlwind spinning around me, God’s equation of His Hope added with His Joy and Peace along with my frail portion of Trust gave me Hope to keep moving ahead. The Holy Spirit was my Comforter. For a while, I was still the same single mom holding down two jobs and carrying heavy responsibilities. (My girls took this picture of me a number of years ago on a Christmas morning…those sneaky girls.) My part was to keep asking for help and then trust. The result: a renewed sense of Hope in every piece of my life puzzle. God never failed me. In the midst of the whirlwinds of life, we can experience God’s Hope, Joy and Peace.
I knew that life would not always be as it was. It won’t be for you either. Trust God asking for His Hope, His Joy, and His Peace. Adventures happened for me, and they will for you too!
May I have some Hope? Most definitely! Be encouraged by Hebrews 6:18. (Other verses can be found in the toolbox below.)
“God cannot tell lies! And so his promises and vows are two things that can never be changed. We have run to God for safety. Now his promises should greatly encourage us to take hold of the hope that is right in front of us.”
- Write out the equation on a recipe card and place it someplace where you can see it and practice it.
- Share with God that you need help in trusting Him for Hope.
- Ask for God’s Joy and Peace.
- Open God’s words and be encouraged with these verses and put a date by a verse that you want to claim and memorize. Psalm 119: 81;Isaiah 51:12; Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 5:4; Romans 8:25; Romans 12:12; Romans 15:4. (If you don’t have a Bible handy then you can ‘Google’ the verses.)
YOU CAN DO THIS!