Good morning, Father!
Thank you for enthusiasm and HOPE! Thank you for taking such awesome care of me, always giving me ENOUGH to make it, and even to be encouraged! Father, I feel sad that my husband and my friend in New York are struggling so hard, sometimes barely holding on. My husband will seem cheerful, then say something like this year has been the absolute WORST in the last decade or so…! But I just cannot see it, Lord. In my little hope-filled eyes, YOU haven’t changed, so how can things be bad? Yes, I have not had a car almost this entire year — and that’s the first time that’s happened since I was 15. And yes, we don’t have any transportation other than a truck that barely makes it a few blocks to the grocery store and back. And yes, we live in a trailer that is literally falling apart — the toilet could collapse through the floor any day, and there are already holes in the floor — soft spots in the carpet — that you sink through if you step directly on it. And I don’t have any contacts left, so I am wearing the same daily lenses over and over, day after day and week after week. And my bras and shirts are all tattered and raggedy. And maybe we don’t have enough money for bills… but somehow, at this moment, even after listing all those “horrible and depressing” things, I feel just fine. It really doesn’t matter. Because you are faithful, Lord. You ALWAYS provide a way! Whether you send people to buy things we have for sale, or you give my husband work and a way to get there, or you give me sales on my websites or for my art — no matter what, we WILL BE just fine. Because we always are. Why lose hope? And yes, I know, I will have my own moments when I crumple and get nervous. But they do not last. Because the birds still sing, the breeze still blows, I still have electricity and warmth, and the Holy Spirit is still within me, reminding me of all the times my faithful Shepherd has come through, even at the last minute, to make sure I have everything I need. Even when I was a small abused child only 5 years old, and all I had was the joy in my heart and a true appreciation for nature, God made that be ENOUGH to sustain me. He put love inside me, even when I didn’t receive one kind word or look or touch from another human. I had the trees, and soft canine fur to snuggle against. He provided all my needs then, and He will again today. And tomorrow. And ALL my tomorrows. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Thank you, faithful Shepherd! Thank you for your promise and your hope. Amen.
Romans 4:18-22 ERV
There was no hope that Abraham would have children, but Abraham believed God and continued to hope. And that is why he became the father of many nations. As God told him, “You will have many descendants.”
Abraham was almost a hundred years old, so he was past the age for having children. Also, Sarah could not have children. Abraham was well aware of this, but his faith in God never became weak.
He never doubted that God would do what he promised. He never stopped believing. In fact, he grew stronger in his faith and just praised God.
Abraham felt sure that God was able to do what he promised.
So that’s why “he was accepted as one who is right with God.”
Thank you, Lord, for the examples of hope and faith you have given us in the lives of Abraham, David, Job, and others. Please encourage my husband and my dear friend in New York, and all others whom you love who really need a dose of HOPE. Let your Holy Spirit remind them that they do not need to believe in themselves — or even that you love and care for them, personally. All they need to believe in is your faithfulness and your goodness. Lead them to your Word to read about your promises, Lord, and teach them how to be humble and grateful and trust in you. Amen!