Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Living Hope

The surprise petunia that suddenly appeared
growing in the same pot as my aloe plant!
March 5, 2014


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:3–5).


From desiringgod.org:

'Hope can be a very dangerous thing. Your greatest wounds may be tied to unrealized dreams or unexpected disappointments. Unfortunately, the daily and worldly hopes we know in this life create some category confusion when it comes to our hope in Christ.

Peter’s first letter is written to Christians in conflict. Since following Jesus, they have not found the peace or safety or prosperity or relief that they might have expected. This world and their lives continue to be marred by inconvenience, disease, disappointment, persecution and even death...

As a follower of Christ, this life will not be easy or comfortable, but it will be real and full and lasting. Jesus says follow me and you will find inexpressible and glorious joy despite and even in really hard, bitter, heart-breaking, even excruciating moments and realities in your life.'

Read the remainder of the article here, at Desiring God.

Jesus, the only hope for a fallen, disappointing, cruel, and unjust world.






Have a blessed Lord's Day.

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13 comments:

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

thank you for sharing such encouraging words!

NanaDiana said...

This is a wonderful post, Judy. I know my only real hope is in the Lord...all else fails.

That is amazing about that petunia. My Christmas cactus is going nuts here this week- it has budded and is blooming. Crazy- xo Diana

Terri D. said...

Amen!! Lovely reminder.

TexWisGirl said...

what a sweet surprise. :)

Stephanie said...

Thank you for this post, dear Judy! Beautiful and encouraging words. Have a blessed Sunday! Hugs

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Thank you for this wonderful reminder! Enjoy your Sunday!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Amen and Amen! xo

Susie said...

I think if we put our Lord first, all other things will fall into place. You must feel special today, God sent you a flower , I love it. xoxo,Susie

Anita Johnson said...

Wonderful. For the last 30 min I have been looking at the desiringgod.org site...very good resource. Thanks.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful post Judy. The petunia is so pretty and a lovely surprise! Have a blessed week.

Blackberry Lane said...

A lovely post and photo. May God bless your week.

Denise said...

Lovely encouragement, thanks.

Carla from The River said...

Thank you. :-)

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