Hope

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Can you believe it is already 2015!???! Insanity. Pure insanity. I feel like 2014 went both fast and slow at the same time. Have you ever felt that way? There were certain parts that I thought for sure would never end (like having a colicky baby haha) or a whiny 3 year old (well now she can be a whiny 4 year old ๐Ÿ˜‰ but hey, she isn’t 3 anymore! HA!) but then there are parts that seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye, like the super cute 8 month baby stage that I so love, or half of my oldest daughter’s first year of Kindergarten (say what!?) or Christmas (which I am kinda sad about because this year it didn’t ever fully FEEL like Christmas, which is not normal for me).

I hope that all of you had a fabulous Christmas and holiday season with your family. I hope that your children had a good break. Are you happy or sad they are back in school? Or yes to both? HA! ๐Ÿ˜›

oneI have heard a lot of things over the last few years that instead of making a whole list of new years resolutions, that, let’s be honest, we won’t follow anyway… choose ONE. WORD. to symbolize how you want your year to be. How you want to change. How you want to grow. How you want to live.

What will YOUR one word be? Have you thought about it? What word would you choose that can encompass EVERY.SINGLE.THING. you hope to achieve, accomplish, or do in this year?

I had 2 that I was going back and forth between.

JOY & HOPE

Choosing Joy is something we must actively pursue in order to fulfill anything else in life really. We must CHOOSE to be joyful regardless of circumstances. It is the only true secret to contentment.

“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.” Philippians 4:11

However, I think HOPE is an even MORE all encompassing word. It is through HOPE in Christ that we can have JOYย in the first place.ย 

“The hope of the righteous brings joy…” Proverbs 10:28

Hope is what holds us together when everything is crashing around us.
Hope is what binds people together that may be struggling
Hope is what allows us to trust in our Father even when we don’t understand
Hope is what allows us to have joy
Hope is the catalyst for SO. MANY. THINGS.

We can survive a lot IF we have Hope.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul” Hebrews 6:19

And if you are a child of God, you ALWAYS. ALWAYS. ALWAYS. have Hope. Always. No matter what your circumstances. No matter what you are going through. No matter what you are feeling. No matter what you have done. No matter what consequences you may be suffering because of sins. NO. MATTER. WHAT.

Hope is what allowed Jesus’ disciples to be willing to die for their faith. Hope of MORE. Hope of eternal life. Hope that this life on THIS earth is not the end all. It isn’t our real home. Hope that we are made for greatness. Hope that God can, does, and WILL work all things for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28)

My focus passage for this year will be Romans 12:12

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” This passage sums up the word perfectly to me. We can rejoice in all circumstances, if we have hope, even IN tribulations. It is that hope which allows us to trust God and be patient THROUGH those times of tribulation. Constant in prayer is what will allow us the proper focus to remember where our hope lies. It is through constant conversation with God, which is what prayer is, thatย our minds can stay focused on Him. Focused on Hope. And that Hope will lead to SO. MUCH. MORE.

So this is my one word: HOPE

because with Hope, you can change everything

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Christmas is gone again…

sad its overI don’t know about you, but I am always a little sad to see Christmas go. There is so much build up,ย excitement, and anticipation that comes with the holiday season, I am always a little emotional about that all being gone. I love the movies, the music, the decorations, the lights. Oh how I will miss Fa La La La Lifetime! haha. Of course, with my track record this year, I will start watchingย Christmasย movies again come October. I am sure it will beย Octoberย again in no time! Christmas does seem toย come faster each year! I think as I get older time goes faster. Sigh. I am not so sure I like that ๐Ÿ˜ฆ the girls are growing up WAY to fast. They had a great time yesterday though. 2 and 4 are such fun and joyous ages. I loved seeing them play with their new toys and just be silly. Holly is quite the clown. She had everyone cracking up!

This year, we will get 2 Christmases though! My mom is coming in on Friday!! Also, Andrew wasn’t really feeling up to par yesterday, so I didn’t make my official Christmas dinner. SO! I think I will save it and make it for my mom! YAY! 2 Christmases!!! AND, we will keep our decor up for a couple more weeks… ย BUT something about it doesn’t quite feel the same once Christmas is over.

This kinda got me thinking…

I think the reason people feel a little sad when Christmas is over is because there IS so much build up. So much anticipation. I think we get so excited, then it seems to come and go so quickly. I also think, if we are honest, sometimes it doesn’t go the way we pictured it in our heads. I know mine didn’t this year, with Andrew being sick. Sometimes all the excitement and anticipation is replaced with disappointment. Oh well, there is always next year, we think, right? Do you ever have years that way?

Don’t get me wrong, we still had a wonderful day yesterday… but I admit, it didn’t go quite as I had built it up in my head. Expectations can be dangerous. People let us down. People get sick. Things happen… BUT! I am excited about the Rose Parade. LOVE that haha.

BUT you see, the reason for Christmas, the BEST present of all will NEVER let us down. He always lives up to his name. He always loves, serves and provides what we need. He always keeps His promises.

When I think of that, it makes me feel so much better ๐Ÿ™‚ You see, I can celebrate this amazing gift ALL year. In fact, we SHOULD! I can give this gift to others whenever I want by sharing how His love has changed my life.

People, things, weather, events, holidays, STUFF, whether it is getting what you don’t want or not getting what you “want”, will ALWAYS let you down…

Jesus Christ will NEVER let you down!

In fact this year, the Lord gave me the most glorious gift of all…SNOW! ๐Ÿ˜€ SEE!? The Lord is so good, many times he gives us things we WANT, even if we don’t NEED them!

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