Advent Day 7 and Five Minute Friday: Only

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Hope – someone or something on which hopes are centered.

“My soul quietly waits for the True God alone because I hope only in Him.” (Psalm 62:5, VOICE). Hope – someone or something on which hopes are centered.

“My soul quietly waits for the True God alone because I hope only in Him.” “I hope only in Him.” “Hope only in Him.”

“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait eagerly for it with patience and composure” (Romans 8:25, AMP). “My soul quietly waits for the True God alone because I hope only Him.”

“…we also celebrate in seasons of suffering because we know that when we  suffer we develop endurance, which shapes our characters. When our characters are refined, we learn what it means to hope and anticipate God’s goodness” (Romans 5:3-4, VOICE). “Hope and anticipate God’s goodness.”

“My soul quietly waits for the True God alone because I hope only in Him.” “Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen“ (Hebrews 11:1, TPT).

“My soul quietly waits for the True God alone because I hope only in Him.” Hope only in Him.

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This post was written for Day 7 of the Advent 2017 series and for Five Minute Friday. The definition for “Hope” is from merriam-webster.com.

Five Minute Friday: Gift

He is the Ultimate Giver, this Father of ours. Think John 3:16. He so loved the world that He give His only begotten Son. The Son in Whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

Romans 8:32 encourages us by the reminder that He did not withhold His own Son but give Him up for us, and if He has already made the ultimate sacrifice, what else will He not freely give us. No gift too big after the Ultimate Gift.

He gives us gifts daily. Psalm 68:19 reminds us that He daily loads us with benefits. Think of a front end loader full of gifts. That only approximates what He gives.

Some gifts are easily recognizable: like the breath in our lungs (which we too often take for granted), or unexpected finances, the love of family and friends. Even the heart shaped leaf I found as I walked this morning.

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Thing is though, all of His gifts are not easily recognized. Coming in the form of tribulation, trials, hard times. But these are also gifts because of what He uses them to accomplish in our lives.

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Joining Kate Motaung and a group of courageous writers for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is “Blue.” To learn more about Five Minute Friday (and perhaps join us?) click here.