Gratituesday: Hope

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Attending funerals is never something I look forward to.  In fact, I usually dread them…until I get there and remember that I’m there to celebrate the life of the person who died. 

Last week, I mentioned the death of my friend’s dad.  I struggled so much preparing to go to that funeral.  But I tell ya, this man lived his life for the Lord.  And he loved his family.  And he wasn’t afraid to tell people about Jesus.  He was constantly sharing about how God was blessing him.

This man had given his life to Christ and lived for him…every day.

His memorial service was a huge celebration because HE IS NOW FINALLY WITH JESUS!!!!  And he’s walking again and talking and singing and dancing…all for the Lord!!  Pain free…struggle free.

Oh the joy of knowing that we as believers have hope!  The peace that comes from understanding that living on this earth is not all there is to LIFE. 

“In this world, you will have troubles.  But take heart.  I have overcome the world!”  John 16:33

I ask you…is there anything else that makes you more excited than that?  Jesus has overcome the world for us!!

We. Have. Hope. 

Thank you, God.  We have hope.

That makes me so excited, I can hardly breathe.
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  1. says

    HOpe is what keeps me going!

    P.S. Two ladies subscribed to my daily devotional and I had a glitch and lost them. If you are one of the ladies who havent received anything since last week, please email me privately.

    THanks

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  2. says

    HOPE is our theme word for this the 13th year that our daughter has had 24/7 migraines. HOPE is the word for all parents of special needs children. HOPE is the word for all going through difficult circumstances… We REJOICE in spite of it all because we have HOPE because of JESUS CHRIST :)

    Laura, your friends Dad was my friend! His HOPE sustained him because he fixed his eyes on JESUS!

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  3. says

    Amen! Things of this world don’t seem to matter so much when I can keep that particular fact in the forefront of my heart and mind!

    (My gratituesday seems so completely trivial in comparison to your great tidbit of wisdom…)

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  4. says

    Very well said!! When my Grandfather died I was very sad, until I read the letter he left for us all. He said please rejoice with me because I’m finally with my Father. I SO look forward to that day.

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  5. says

    Loved this! I have seen bits and pieces of gratitude Tuesday but this is the first time I’ve actually gotten around to linking up AND reading the posts!

    Fabulous! What a blessing!

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  6. says

    I’ve enjoyed your Gratituesdays for a while now!

    Thank you Jesus for taking the place of rotten sinners like me and your friends dad!

    “When He shall come with trumpet sound,
    Oh may I then in Him be found.
    Dressed in His righteousness alone,
    Faultless to stand before the throne.

    On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
    All other ground is sinking sand;
    All other ground is sinking sand”

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  7. says

    amen! We just read yesterday the story of nehemiah rebuilding the walls of jerusalem. Even though the enemies tried so hard to hinder the work, nehemiah stood fast! His hope and strength and faith were on the rock! Like kristen quoted…all other ground is sinking sand…..

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