May the God who gives hope fill you with great joy. May you have perfect peace as you trust in Him. May the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope. Romans 15: 13 

God is always with us! He takes care of what we need. He holds us in His presence and helps us learn to TRUST. He gives purpose to our days and reminds us to be faithful. He places HOPE where peace is found, when we stay on His path of purpose. 

HOPE is something we need. It is defined as "the desire and search for a good future." Consider the young woman, Mary who faithfully trusted God had a plan for her life. He chose her to carry His Son, believing she was the best mother for Jesus.

Mary must have been frightened and weary as God revealed His plan and prepared her to accept His will. But, she faithfully responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be as you have said.” Luke 1:38 It would have been easy for her to reject His will, but she was faithful to believe God would provide. She obeyed and TRUSTED the One who sent her. 

God longs for us to acknowledge His presence as we travel with Him. He patiently prepares us to love with a servant’s heart. He calls us to do amazing things and wants us to be faithful in HOPE. He gives strength to fulfill His will and provides the way for us to be blessed in our days. 

God took care of Mary and He will take care of us! He will provide HOPE as we journey with Him. He will give us strength and help us gratefully “occupy hopefulness” when we have learned to totally TRUST. 

Dear God, Thank you for Your everlasting love. Thank you for Jesus and the trusting mother who fulfilled Your will. Help us remember who’s in charge of our days. Open our hearts and prepare us for what’s to come, so we will "occupy hopefulness" and faithfully TRUST in YOU. Amen


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