Today we continue our journey into 2016. A look at God’s word against the backdrop of photos, a sprinkling of words and encouragement as we pause on this Sabbath day. A time to pause as the new week begins and enjoy an offering of hope. Today’s Sabbath offering looks at the word hope – my one word for 2016.
a whispered promise from God
the brilliant blue sky highlighting the muted browns and beiges of winter
looking ahead with bright eyes because moving forward gives us a vision of hope
frosty crystals creating a sparkly sheen on the grass
the truth that God is who He says He is yesterday, today and tomorrow!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
I’m looking forward in 2016. I’m filled with hope and promise for all that God will bring. For it is in forward thinking that we move beyond the past. It is in letting ourselves dream that God opens the doors of possibilities. It is in walking through the doors of hope that we cross the threshold of faith and when we walk in faith, God takes care of the rest.
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May we walk through open doors, hope for what is yet to come and believe that God will always show the way!
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And He will always show us the way…
Beautiful Sabbath offering, Mary.
Much love to you.
Amen! God’s way can be our way if we just stay focused on Him. Blessings as we begin a new week. Praying it is a good one for you!
Hope! I love that picture of the trees against the blue sky, and I’m loving similar views of trees as I walk through my neighborhood on winter afternoons. May God bless you and give you abundantly more than you hope for!
Thank you Betsy! What a blessing to be able to call you friend and to know that our God will give us all we need in abundance. Sure would be a treat to take a walk with you someday!!!
Blessings on your week!
Hi Mary! I so agree that our hope and future is in dreaming forward, never back. The past has already been, it’s time to move ahead, and into the bright future that God has planned. That’s where the action is!
Blessed Sunday to you,
Looking forward will always yield so much growth in our lives, but I have to admit that it is not something I am always good at. Hope is forward looking because it changes our focus toward what God has planned for us in the future rather than dwelling on what has already taken place.
I am praying that your week will be blessed!
I needed this encouraging word today, Mary. I’m feeling a bit weighed down by a situation (not marriage related, by the way). I’m trying to seek that “hope” that you talk about. I know that God is my Hope, but it is like wrestling a greased pig to keep that Hope firmly in my grasp. I suppose I simply need to “wash that grease off my hands” and then things might just stay in place, ya think?! ha!
I’m so glad that these words encouraged you today. This is why I love the community of writers that gather together because we learn so much from each other. God has a way of speaking to us through the words of others.
I am praying that whatever is weighing you down right now is a burden that is lifted and redeemed. I hope your week brings you renewed hope.
Hope is a word that speaks to my soul and invites me to rest and linger in it’s embrace. Thank you, Mary, for this offering today. Sabbath blessings to you, friend.
I have a hard time putting into words how “hope” makes me feel but it provides a lightness in my soul that I know is present because of God. I am praying your week is blessed.
Hope is a great word and kind of goes along with my word which is open. I want to be open for what God has for me with an air of expectancy and curiosity as to what He will bring. I know that He will be with me through it all and that gives me hope. Blessings to you, Mary!
Beautiful encouragement, Gayl! Being open to God with an air of expectancy and curiosity is so wonderful. Your word for 2016 does align with my word “hope”. May we both look ahead with hope while staying open to all that God has planned for us in the journey. Blessings, Gayl!
I’m laying hold of hope and walking into 2016 clinging to the One who is the Hope giver. Thanks for sharing your beautiful words at #weekendwhispers
It is amazing how freeing it feels to look forward and cling to hope. God’s hope is forward looking and is such a blessing. I’m so glad you joined me here today. I look forward to the unveiling of your own one word for 2016. Love and hugs!