"Take courage and be stouthearted, all you who hope in the Lord." Psalm 31:24

In times of trouble, we need to be reminded God is with us. He holds us in the presence of His love and helps us remember there’s a plan for our days. He shows how to find courage in the power of His will and readies our hearts to be brave.

Mary faithfully trusted God had a plan for her life. He chose her to carry His Son, believing she was the best mother for Jesus. She must have been frightened as He revealed His plan and prepared her to accept His will for her life. But, she faithfully responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be as you have said.” Luke 1:38

God prepares us to serve Him. He helps us discover His guiding in our lives. He leads us where HOPE is found in the strength of His holiness and moves us in the direction He wants us to go. 

HOPE is something we need! It is defined as "the desire and search for a good future". It would have been easy for Mary to reject the will of God, but she was faithful to believe He would provide for her journey. She trusted the One who brought peace and strength. She trusted Him on her journey.

God longs for us to acknowledge His presence in our lives, as we travel with Him. He patiently prepares us to love Him with a servant’s heart of HOPE. He calls us to examine our hearts and obey. He gives strength to fulfill His will and shows how to totally trust.

As we pray for peace and put our HOPE in the Lord, we must remember; God took care of Mary and He will take care of us. He will help us discover HOPE as we remain faithful in the journey. And, He will provide strength for us to gratefully remember; He already knows where we will arrive. 

Dear God, Thank you for the power of Your everlasting love. Thank you for peace that passes all understanding when we put our HOPE in YOU. Thank you for Jesus and the trusting young mother who fulfilled Your will for her life. Help us remember who’s in charge of our days. Open our hearts to be humbled for You and prepare us for what’s to come, as we faithfully trust in the plan You have for our lives.  Amen


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