Always Hope ● Breathe the Perfume of Peace ● Enjoy Life

ALWAYS HOPE

No matter what the circumstances, we must always hope. Life can be and often is very hard, but God gives us peace through His Son, Jesus. Because He walked on this earth, experiencing life as a human being, Jesus understands how we feel. He knows what it’s like to feel pain, even to the point of death.

Jesus persevered to the end, through all the trials and beatings and cruel taunting. It was not easy, but Scripture tells us:

For the joy that lay before him,
he endured the cross,
despising the shame, 
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

(Hebrews 12:2b CSB)

We, too, can endure to the end with the help of God, through His Holy Spirit working in us. In my searching the Scriptures looking for passages that speak of hope, I find great encouragement.

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith,
we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 
Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege
where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Romans 5:1-5 NLT

BOASTING IN AFFLICTIONS?

These verses tell us we should rejoice in trials. That seems like an impossibility, doesn’t it? Why would we even want to boast in our problems? As we read further, though, we see there is a pattern. The trials we suffer help us to develop endurance, which we all need. As we endure, our character is proven which strengthens our hope. This is a sure hope that will never disappoint us, because God has filled our hearts with His love through the Holy Spirit.

The first part of the above scripture passage reminds us of the peace with have with God, because we have been justified by faith. So, we stand by His grace, and trusting in Him, we boast in His glory. Since we now have peace with God, we can enjoy life here on earth. Even with the trials, we still have blessings.

Daily we can look for the beauty and blessings that our come into our lives. We can intentionally spend time in creation, lingering, observing, breathing deeply, exploring and pausing to rest. As we do so we also picture with hope the brilliant life awaiting us at the end of our journey. It is a place with no sorrow, sadness or decay, forever with our Lord.

Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.
(Romans 12:12 CSB)

HAIKU AND PRAYER

God made us righteous
Through Jesus we stand in grace
Justified by faith

Boast in God’s glory
Endurance, character, hope
Gained through our trials

God pours out His love
Through His Spirit in our hearts
Hope won’t disappoint

Unceasing in prayer
 With patience in afflictions
We rejoice in hope

Dear God,

Thank You for faith to believe, that through Christ, by faith, we stand in grace. Your Holy Spirit pours out Your love in our hearts. Please enable us to trust you through our trials with patience. May we be persistent in prayer and full of joy as we hope in You. Amen

Always hope

Surrounded by trees
Explore the magic and laugh
Look, linger and breathe

Picture sacred joy
Brilliant life perfumed with peace
Never to decay

I’m linking up with: #InspireMeMonday and One Word Linkup for May.

14 thoughts on “Always Hope ● Breathe the Perfume of Peace ● Enjoy Life

  1. Thank you Dear Gayl for being one of those blessings and bringers-of-hope to me, especially during this latest trial with Shingles. I have appreciated your poetry and photos and Scriptures so much! No matter what we face, we can know that because of Jesus we have “Brilliant life perfumed with peace
    Never to decay.” Love and hugs to you!

    1. Thank you, so much, dear Bettie, for your sweet comments. I am so glad to bring a little encouragement and hope into your life. You bless so many with your words and I appreciate you! Blessings and love and hugs to you! xoxo

  2. I like the verses you shared from Romans 5 in the NLT. I hadn’t read that version. The phrases underserved privilege, confidently and joyful stood out to me. Worth meditating on. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Jodee. Yes, I thought that translation helped to convey that hope and confidence of salvation and the love poured out on us. Blessings to you!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing the prayer and the whole message. Amen, even with the trials, we still have blessings.

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