Rejoicing in Empty Fields

Habakkuk 3:16-19  “I heard and my inward parts trembled, At the sound my lips quivered. Decay enters my bones, And in my place I tremble. Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress, For the people to arise who will invade us.  Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places. For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.” NASB

I’m sure everyone is tired of hearing about the election by now.  Thank goodness we don’t have to see any more attack ads, at least not until the next election.  And of course there is always the mandatory overdose of post-election analysis, along with debates on facebook and twitter about the pros and cons of what just happened.  Yes, everyone has their own opinion, and yes, you’re entitled to it.  You’re also totally entitled to disagree with mine-and I’m ok with that.

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Hope is What We Crave

 

Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  NASB

Thinking about hope tonight.  I guess it is an unstated yet underlying theme in some of my other posts, when talking about the challenges of life. But I wanted to focus on the positive side of things here. The passage above talks about tribulations, but it also talks about positive things being born from those tribulations. Perseverance. Proven character. And hope. “And hope does not disappoint…

We have peace with God. His love is in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. We have a rich hope indeed.

So there it is. I don’t have any long-winded commentary to offer you tonight here. But whatever is going on in your life, know that there is hope. Be encouraged.

p.s. This post was partially inspired by a song by for King & Country called “Crave”. Have a listen, and I hope you enjoy it.

Gifts, emotions, and a bride to be

 
Note:  This musing is taken from one of my journal entries, written on July 2nd, while I was on vacation.  I hope it encourages you!

 

Made my Dad a card for his birthday-a simple thing of crayons and folded paper, more suited to a child than a 32 year old woman, but I hope he likes it.  Looking forward to giving him his present tomorrow.

 

God is suddenly showing me that He also gets excited, when He gives us gifts and sees us use them for the first time.  Mind blowing.  The God of the universe gets genuine joy from the unconscious smile on my face when I sing certain songs or write a draft of something, or do a halfway-decent job teaching something.