Grab Onto Hope


Hebrews 6:18-20 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.

We are runners. Well most of us are. I truly do like to run. Do you?

Running to God to grab the promised hope with both hands and to never let go is a powerful mind image. I also like the verses in Philippians which tells us to run the race with endurance. Actually there are more scriptures in the Message on running than on hope. 387.

Grabbing on to God with hope is “an unbreakable spiritual lifeline…” Wow. That is also a powerful image. I imagine a visual image of a strong chain/rope tying me to the ship of God when I’m in the water/ocean hanging on for dear life. I visualize God and Jesus together side by side in the ship holding onto the rope/chain with me on the other end. They love me so much they will never let me go but rather want me to one day board the ship with them. Eternal grace. Eternal vision.

What is your anchor? We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure :) Hebrews 6:19

Hope.

I am thankful for that huge gift of hope.

Dear God, You are our lifeline. Thank you for breathing life and hope into me. Forgive me when I try to make it through life on my own strength. Give me the courage to attach myself to the rope of hope. Amen.

I Hope to be There in Person


2 John 1:12-13I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use paper and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk. That will be far more satisfying to both you and me. Everyone here in your sister congregation sends greetings

3 John 1:13-14I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use pen and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk. Peace to you. The friends here say hello. Greet our friends there by name.

Being there in person feels better than being somewhere via phone, email, or social media posting. I like to be there in person with my friends and my family. I hope I will continue to have those real life interactions this calendar year. Being there in person takes intentional planning. You must set aside time in your day to make meeting in person a reality.

Meeting in person feels good. I went to a yoga class (in person) yesterday. I have found it to be such a balm to my soul. I love the hugs that are given and the smiles. The music, the focus, and the flow of a yoga class are something the Light lights up. The mantra for our yoga studio is as follows:

“There is a light in each one of us where the whole Universe dwells. It is a place of love, peace, and truth, and when you’re in this place in you, and I’m in this place in me…we are one. Namaste.”

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As the two chapters of 2nd and 3rd John describe in a letter that he’d rather not use pen and ink, but he HOPES to be there soon in person to have heart to heart talks. He writes of peace and greets them in love. I love being in person to meet with my family and friends. I have found that if I carve out time on my calendar I can meet with friends and family on a regular basis. You just have to make time.

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Make time for inviting friends over to light up the backyard fire pit and have s’mores.

Make time to attend yoga and meet with friends to walk around the local neighborhoods.

Make time to stay healthy so that you can have perfect attendance at work.

Make time to spend with your children doing their favorite things.

Make time to ride your bike around the neighborhood or to the grocery store.

Make time to have tea/coffee with a friend and chat about your days.

There's no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen. In the right time, with the right person, for the best reason.

I hope I make time for all of these above mentioned things. I hope I can carve out space in my days for real life interactions. I hope that I see God weaving the tapestry of my days together to form weeks, months, and years of living in the Light.

Dear God, You are our governor of time. Forgive me when I do not follow the path of Light. Give me grace, peace, and hope that each day is a new one carved out for me and for others. Thank you for giving us life, love, and peace. Amen.

Hopeless or Hopeful? Romans Answers


Romans 4:17-18We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

Romans 4: 17

Romans 5:4-5 [Full Chapter]
There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

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In reading Romans here’s what I get out of these two passages…

Abraham was a “nobody” and God made him “somebody.”

Abraham dared to trust and believe in God even when he felt hopeless.

He lived to act out what God said he would do…He became the father of many.

We, too, can have hope and praise God even when we’re “Hemmed in with troubles.”

Troubles develop “passionate patience in us” and can make us alert.

God is pouring blessings into us via his Holy Spirit.

Now, Am I hopeful or hopeless? Both.

Dear God, You are our greatest HOPE. Forgive me for forgetting that you are with me always — whether I am hope-filled or hopeless. You hem me into your presence with the closeness of the Holy Spirit in my soul. Give me peace. Thank you for reminding me of your power, your will, and your love via these chapters in Romans. Give me a heart that is sprinkled with the goodness of your Word in 2020 & always. Amen.

Psalm 46:10

2020 Word of the Year: HOPE


In 2020 I want my mind to focus this year on one word: hope. Many people I know who blog choose a word of the year. I haven’t really done this before, that I recall. This year I’m giving it a go. Hope…

Genesis 49:18I wait in hope for your salvation, God.

Psalm 52:9I thank you always that you went into action. And I’ll stay right here, your good name my hope, in company with your faithful friends.

365 Days of the Great Names of God, Day 159: His Name Is Good - "For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good." (Psalm 52:9

Psalm 62:5-6God, the one and only— I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I hope for comes from him, so why not? He’s solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul, An impregnable castle: I’m set for life.

Psalm 62:5-6, NIV

There are 144 citations of HOPE in the Message Bible via Biblegateway.com online.

I think that will keep me busy this year, in reading. 144 divided by 52 weeks of the year is roughly 2-3 passages to read daily. I think I can make time for that.

Do you read books daily? I try to. There are so many good books out there, but the best one, the one that keeps changing my heart, is the Bible. What is your favorite book?

Please leave me a comment or a LIKE if you’re willing to take the time. I’d love to hear from you about your favorite book, your word of the year, and anything you’d like me to pray for. I keep a journal of prayer requests, and I will gladly add yours to my list!

Dear God,

You are our Hope. Forgive me when I forget to trust in you and place my hope in you because you have a great hope in me. Give me strength for this year. Thank you for always being there as a Light of Love and a beacon of Hope. Amen.

Sincerely,

Jennifer K Cook

My 2019 Reflections


Ending Your Year Intentionally

“You can end your year intentionally like I did. Just block out a half hour or so during the holiday season, pick up something to write with, and ask yourself (these) ten questions:”–From End Your Year Intentionally with these 10 questions,

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1. What makes this year unforgettable?

I completed a long term goal with grace and valor.

"At the end of the day, all you need is hope and strength. Hope that it will get better and strength to hold on until it does." #quotes #stength #badday #motivation

2. What did you enjoy doing this year?

I enjoyed volunteering at a local nursing home with their activities 2 mornings a week.

I relished the victory of starting a new job after being out of the workforce for 2 years.

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3. What/who is the one thing/person you’re grateful for?

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My husband.

4. What’s your biggest win this year? Completion of a private long term goal.

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5. What did you read/watch/listen to that made the most impact this year? Watching America’s Funniest Home videos, Truck Night in America, Nailed It, Great British Baking Show, and Home Improvement as a family. Watching Suits and Gray’s Anatomy with my husband.

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6. What did you worry about most and how did it turn out? I worried about finding a new job, and it turned out that the perfect one came my way via a friend’s tip that a local private school was losing a speech therapist. I emailed, interviewed, and got the job!

TIP if you’re trying to manifest A NEW JOB 💻 Do you hate your job? Or are you just at your job because it pays the bills? I was there too. I hated my job so much that I cried everyday after work. I hated my job even more because I manifested it and I just didn’t want it anymore.   Whatever your situation is while you’re trying to manifest a new job or love your job even more, I have one trick for you: ACCEPT THIS JOB WITH UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

7. What was your biggest regret and why? Not paying attention to my need for quality sleep.

Prioritizing good sleep is good self love. Truthbomb #546

8. What’s one thing that changed about yourself? I am becoming more balanced in my activities, my sleep patterns, and my personal time.

Balance: stability found at the center of acceptance

9. What surprised you the most this year?

My hospital stays re-balanced me in terms of rest and medications.

10. If you could go back to last January 1, what suggestions would you give your past self? Listen to your body and take care of yourself so that you can better care for others.

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Romans 5:4-5 [Full Chapter]
There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

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My 2020 Word of the Year is Hope…


Genesis 49:18 I wait in hope for your salvation, God. The Message

In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

I do wait hope for His salvation. His Message has 144 instances of HOPE. That should be enough for me to read and ponder in 2020. A new decade begins or a new century if you look at it from a young kid angle. They said “it’s soon to be a new century!” Well kind of. If you go from 1920 to 2020 then it is seemingly a new century.

Those who live a century can see a turning of the calendar in a very impacting way.

Will I live to see a century of time?

I’m not sure I want to. Our world is full of such sorrow and such joy. Is it too much to bear?

New Years Activities for 2020

Perhaps I will engage in some goal setting with my students? I work with children ages 5-19 years of age. Goal setting can look both similar and different from a child/adult angle. I have already set my own personal goals for the coming month, year, and 5 years. I’m trying to meet the short term goals first of course.

Do you set annual goals or short term ones?

Do you think meeting goals can bring you happiness?

I’m hoping my goals will be achievable and special. So far I’ve been able to meet the monthly goals pretty well. In mid January my first month of goal setting will be completed. I’ll check back with you, my reader, on those as they unfold.

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Amazing Grace—How We Can Accept It


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“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”Matthew 11:28MSG

Are you tired? Yes

Are you worn out? Yes

Burned out on religion? Sometimes

Come to me. I will.

Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. Wow. Thank you!

I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Sounds great!

Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. What a great walking buddy I have! Let me run/walk toward you more often than I do to others.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I’m ready to learn!

I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. Again, thank you Lord.

Keep company with me, and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. Sounds wonderful!

Grace undeserved unmerited unearned favour

Dear God, You are the Grace Giver. Forgive me when I hurry to look at my phone applications instead of you. Forgive me for trying to fill in time with shopping, social media, or other people’s wants/needs including my own. Give me your Grace, and help me accept that I am flawed and you love me anyway and always. Amen.

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