Big FAT Hope.
In spite of what my eyes have seen... Pastors falling from grace. People hurting others, claiming Jesus in one breath, slandering in the next. Legalism at it's ugliest. Racism. Slavery. Netflix... satans oh so easy weapon.
God is bigger than what my eyes see.
Hope. Because of His grace, love, patience, mercy, I am renewed every morning. He has thrown it all over me this year! My soul pulls me to this Truth after living a year where evil came calling and God kicked it to the curb. Where satan tried to destroy, God redeemed.
I leave behind doubt, hurt, anger, the need for praise or confirmation from man.
God threw fear in the fire, consumed forever... His love is constant, established in my soul through the mystery of the Holy Spirit. Oh God, You grow so large when I open that small, square box you never chose to live in.
I choose Hope as I breathe, shouting out...
"Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish for us the work of our hands, establish the work of our hands." Psalm 90:17
I choose the responsibility of this claim. I give You my hands, to be glory to You. My hands, my mouth, my feet, my heart. I am Yours. Freedom is mine.
Friends, it's time to lay it all down... again.
Leave the pain and exhaustion of this year behind you. All of it. Forgive. Ask forgiveness. Pick up love. Pick up hope. Carry it around your neck instead of the weight of hate and bitterness. Whatever has brought you low... lift your eyes high, call out to Him. He takes every burden, placing HOPE in our soul.
Choose wisely what you take into next year. I hope you choose Hope... and let the rest go.