In His Word I Hope

A Resolution for 2021

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.”

This is the Day the Lord Has Made

The Love of God in Jesus Christ Our Lord

A Future and a Hope

 

John 3:16

Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace by Mary Potter Kenyon

I Have Experienced Grief and Still Am.

I bought and read the Kindle Edition of Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace by Mary Potter Kenyon. Having my mother pass away in December 2014, my father dies in June 2017, and cancer takes my wife of 43.5 years in April 2018, I have experienced grief and still am.

She Walks The Journey as Your Guide

The author has walked the grief highway and shares not only her experience and insights but helps the reader be aware of what they may encounter on the journey. One area I could relate to was my concern for how my children were handling grief and I felt the need to take their feeling into consideration when I made choices I knew would impact my family. Starting new traditions for Thanksgiving and Christmas was a struggle for me.

I had my middle child, then 38, graduate from seminary earning a master’s degree just three weeks after my wife’s death. One of my wife’s goals had been to live to see him walk across the stage. Five weeks before the graduation while she was in hospice she said she wouldn’t make it and my heart broke realizing death was imminent.

I drove across the country in May 2020 to attend a writer’s conference. During the drive I started talking, forgetting my wife was deceased. I drove past a Cracker Barrel Restaurant between Birmingham and Huntsville Alabama I said we had stopped there to eat on several previous trips to see her sister that lives in eastern Tennessee. I had to pull over and cry for about fifteen minutes.

Experienced Comfort

Mary sharing similar events in her book had me realizing my experience was normal for me and needed Kleenex to get through the book which I found hard to read – not because of the writing, but because of the memories reading caused me to relive. I recommend the book. Read in August 2020.

Gene, Everywhere

Talya Boerner is a master storyteller.

Gene Everywhere took me back to the three-years period of time I was my 90 years-old father’s caregiver after my mother died. So much of what the author wrote tugged at the memories and experience I had with my father.

The prose is spectacular.

Talya’s prose is spectacular. Her picture painting and showing the story transport you into her home. You smell the smell, hear the sounds, and feel the genuine love she developed for her at times crotchety father-in-law. Without giving any spoilers, you’ll experience a beautiful story unfold, have your heartstrings tugged and be flooded by memories if you ever cared for a parent or parent in law. Again, the books’ prose is exceptional. I highly recommend the book.

Psalm 62:2 (NLT)

“He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:2 (NLT)