Oh Lord, I stretch my heart toward you. You are the destination I seek. You are my delight some land. My breath depends on your love. My joy relies on your grace and mercy. Hear my prayer today and answer my longings.
Lord, there depths of sin too deep for my words to reach. There are desires within me that if manifested, would cause a pandemic in our relationship. Forgive the iniquity of my heart for I am a sinner. There is no beauty within me that you do not create each day. I need you Lord.
Jesus, my Savior and my King, thank you for your act of grace. That one act of grace has lifted me from despair and given me hope. When I survey the cross upon which you rescued me from sudden destruction, I can not relent, I must give you praise.
You are my life; without you I am nothing. Lord, all I have is you and your love. Stay close to me to deliver me. Do not allow my foot to slip into the traps that self-will creates. Keep me yearning for your love and I will follow you forever. I love you despite my struggle. You have been my rock, my fortress. I choose to give my life to you. I am yours. In Jesus Name, Amen.
A quiet, soft wind gently nestled among the ocean waves
a Nat came and alited on the wave
The ocean did not acknowledge its presence
the Nat pinched, cajoled, dived into it
Still the ocean remained stoic, refusing to acknowledge its presence
the Nat realized it just wasn’t that big a deal to the ocean
Away it flew looking to make a difference elsewhere.
But don’t you just love it anyway. Hope is an outstretched neck poised with anticipation of what will happen. You know something wonderful, something adventurous, something new is coming. It is not frivolous; it’s based on a plan that you’ve implemented and you’re working diligently to see come to fruition. You hope inwardly, silently, and then with outward jubilation because you just know.
Hope is powerful indeed; it chases depression, attacks despair, and exterminates doubt. What are you hoping for based on what you’re working toward? Promises have been made, collaborations have been formed, all that remains is accomplishment of the dream.
Emily Dickinson said, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” I’m singing because I just believe something good is about to happen! Can’t you sense something on the horizon? Sing a new song; it’s 2014 – hope, believe, dream, let it capture your soul!
The rainbow shouts, “It’s not over yet! Sunshine is coming!” So perk up, dance, and sing. You’ve got another chance. Barbara Kingsolver said, “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” I totally agree; live in hope based on faith that your work will reap a great harvest. Dare to Hope in 2014!