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Twenty Bible Verses about Hope

Twenty Bible Verses about Hope

Psalm 25:5 (ESV) – “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

Psalm 31:24 (ESV) – “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!”

Psalm 33:22 (ESV) – “Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”

Psalm 42:11 (ESV) – “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Psalm 119:114 (ESV) – “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.”

Psalm 121:7-8 (ESV) – “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”

Psalm 130:5 (ESV) – “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.”

Proverbs 13:12 (ESV) – “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”

Isaiah 40:31 (ESV) – “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Lamentations 3:24 (ESV) – “‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’”

Micah 7:7 (ESV) – “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”

Matthew 11:28 (ESV) – “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Romans 5:3-4 (ESV) – “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”

Romans 5:5 (ESV) – “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Romans 8:25 (ESV) – “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Romans 15:13 (ESV) – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

1 Corinthians 13:13 (ESV) – “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Hebrews 10:23 (ESV) – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”

Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Covid-19 Rest and Relaxation Roadtrip

Hot Springs, Arkansas

I’m taking five days of rest and relaxation in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Western Arkansas, and Eastern Oklahoma. I’m based out of Hot Springs.

Oaklawn Racetrack and Casino

During my stay, I’m seeing local sights, fall foliage, and reading/editing/rewriting. I have a nice hotel room with a balcony. It’s just across the street from the Oaklawn Racetrack and Casino. I don’t play the horses or go to casinos but you can see the big building across the street from the Best Western where I’m staying. It’s a huge airplane hanger size building. The photo was taken from my balcony.

The hotel has a full breakfast included in the room rate. I enjoyed scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy with a cup of coffee.


Talimena National Scenic Byway

I have already visited Mena, Arkansas, and driven the Talimena Scenic Byway in Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. The Talimena Scenic Drive is a National Scenic Byway in southeastern Oklahoma and extreme western Arkansas spanning a 54.0-mile stretch of Oklahoma State Highway 1 and Arkansas Highway 88 from Talihina, Oklahoma, to Mena, Arkansas.

Mena, Arkansas

The views were amazing looking back toward Mena, Arkansas.

Further down the drive, the vista was unending.

Traffic was heavy.

Fall Foliage

The fall foliage was spectacular.

I even took a selfie.

Hot Springs National Park

Today I hiked in the Hot Springs National Park near downtown Hot Springs. I was at an elevation of just under 2,000 feet.

Lake Hamilton

In the evening I watched the sunset at Lake Hamilton just 10-minutes south of my hotel.

I also have edited and rewritten 175 pages on my current work. I’ll post more in the days ahead.



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Texas Coronavirus Hospitalizations Hit Record Highs for a Full Week


Texas coronavirus hospitalizations hit record highs for a full week” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Thursday marked the seventh consecutive day that Texas reported a record number of hospitalized coronavirus patients, with 2,947 people currently in hospitals being treated for COVID-19, according to data released Thursday by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The latest seven-day average for the number of people hospitalized is 2,468. Since the beginning of June, hospitalizations have increased almost every day. There’s almost twice as many people hospitalized because of the coronavirus than there was on Memorial Day.

Gov. Greg Abbott has said he is closely watching hospital capacity throughout the state as he moves forward with a phased plan to reopen businesses and peel back restrictions on gatherings during the pandemic.

“We remain laser focused on maintaining abundant hospital capacity,” Abbott said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Statewide, there are currently 1,453 intensive care beds available and more than 5,000 ventilators.

The new coronavirus has killed more than 2,000 people in Texas, and the state has also seen new infections trending upward: As of Wednesday, the 7-day average for daily infections was 2,157, compared to 1,641 one week before. The state recorded 3,129 new cases on Wednesday.

In Houston, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital’s intensive care unit, occupancy rate reached 96% Thursday morning, up from 92% on Monday. But at Ben Taub, Houston’s largest public hospital, the intensive care unit’s occupancy dropped from 97% on Monday to 57% on Thursday.

In the greater Houston area, 19% of all intensive care beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients, according to data gathered by the Texas Medical Center. It posted an early warning that the current increase in cases could exceed intensive care units’ capacity in two weeks.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins warned on Wednesday that “if these percentage increases continue, many more people will get sick and die in the coming weeks.” The county reported 418 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals on Wednesday, a 40% increase from two weeks ago.

The average age of people diagnosed with COVID-19 is decreasing slowly but steadily throughout the pandemic, said DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen, confirming information released by Hays county, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston.

Lara Anton, a press officer for DSHS, said contact tracing has shown infections spreading as people gather at bars, beaches, rivers and family gatherings such as graduation parties — as well as workplace-related exposures at food processing plants. Contact tracing involves locating people and places where an infected person might have spread the virus. Contact tracers call those people and encourage them to self-quarantine and get tested for the virus before they potentially infect a new group of people.

In Austin and Travis County, health authorities said earlier this week that community transmission is now widespread in the area. The challenge is that many people who have tested positive have visited many different locations, which makes the exact infection site “difficult to pin down to one particular location” where the virus is being spread, said Mark Escott, Austin Public Health’s interim medical director and health authority.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/18/texas-coronavirus-hospitalizations/. Republished with permission of The Texas Tribune.

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