A New Life into a Living Hope

I have been stewing on events and thoughts and words for a few days now and not really knowing how to piece it all together coherently.  Today I felt like the Lord was knitting it together a little more, so I’m going to try to get what is in my heart and head out on virtual “paper”…

A day or two after the horrific school shooting in Florida, I began reading 1 Peter and was struck with the words Peter wrote in verse 3.

“…In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope…” 

Those words have painted such a beautiful picture in my head and has stayed with me over the last few days – new birthLiving hope –

Both sides can argue gun control until everyone is blue in the face and no one is going to walk away satisfied with the outcome of that argument.  But what we cannot argue is the fact a gun is an inanimate object.  There are no living components.  Only metal pieces molded and assembled together, lifeless.  There is nothing a gun can do without a human connection.

It is that humanness that causes us to live in a world with broken people.

It is that humanness that has allowed us to take God out of our schools, out of our jobs, out of our relationships, out of our families, even out of our churches.

When we take God out of our lives, we are left hopeless.

When we take God out of our day to day lives, we allow the enemy a foothold that he will fight to keep.  The enemy has been fighting hard and he has been winning battles.

Are you willing to fight even harder than the enemy?

Are you willing to stand up and say “I’m putting God back where He belongs”?

We, and, yes, I mean each one of us, have allowed the enemy to get hold of our schools, our lives, our churches. We have allowed our humanness to become more important and prevalent than our God.

We have walked away from the Living Hope.

Our living hope comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Our living hope will sustain us every day as we as walk through this life filled with brokenness.  Our living hope will take that brokenness and knit it back together, heal it, and make it whole again.

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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”  1 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV)

God has given us a new birth into a living hope.

Grasp that hope.

Live a new life.

Live a new life filled with living hope.

Live out that living hope in every part of your life so that others will see that hope in your life and want it for themselves.

Living thru faith,

Misty

 

 

 

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February is the New January

Yep, that is what I have decided.  I’m starting 2018 with February!  In all honesty, I’m actually still a little behind from the beginning of the month.  So, oh, well!  I guess that will just have to be the theme of the year. Lol!

Despite our best efforts, Sarah, Brian and I started out the new year sick.  When someone gets sick while you are traveling, there is just not much you can do to keep it from spreading.  Unfortunately, it was about two weeks into January before we all were feeling back to normal.  Now we are doing a lot of praying and using Thieves hand purifier like crazy anytime we go out to places like Walmart, just trying to keep from getting the flu.

[I interrupt this moment for a Public Service Announcement:  If you are sick, do not try to be a martyr and work through it.  For all our sakes, STAY HOME!!]

Now, this doesn’t mean that nothing got done in January.  We did have some accomplishments.  I just had so much more planned.  So many changes or tweaks I planned to make.  Adjustments I wanted to make to get into better routines and rhythms for each day.  I had business plans and ministry plans and school plans.  But, part of my goal for 2018 is being ok with those things that don’t get done.  So, I’m going to take a moment to breathe, pray, and then take one more step forward.  (Of course, that may be easier said than done some days.)

So as far as January goes, …

… I did get a menu planned for the entire month – even though I was making adjustments most of the time.  It did simplify my grocery list process and helped me think through meals a little quicker on a weekly basis.  (I’m already making adjustments to the February menu, but the full month is planned!)

… I worked out our basic homeschool lesson plans between now and the end of the year!  This was huge for me!!!  Each week I will have to make adjustments because, well, life happens and plans change.  Plus, I still have a few extra things I would like for us to do this year that just haven’t happened yet, so I am hoping to add those in soon.

 

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… We reorganized Sarah’s closet!  Before Christmas we switched Daniel and Sarah’s room because she needed the bigger closet.  However, it was a pretty much a – throw it in and we will deal with it later – event.  It is now sooo much better!

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… Brian & I worked through our calendars through June and specifically scheduled Date Nights.  (Yes, it has only taken us 25 years of marriage to get this concept down.) We are trying to get in at least two official Date Nights a month. We had our first monthly Basement Movie Night in January.  It’s freezing in our basement, so we settled in under blankets, turned on the space heater, and watched our movie pick for the month.  The ending turned out really bad, so we created our own alternate ending.  Bad guys still lost, the good one didn’t die and everyone lived happily ever after.  Come on Hollywood, get it right next time!

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… I tried out my new Instant Pot!  I’ve made bean soup, roasted potatoes, several batches of rice, pork chops, mashed potatoes, chicken drumsticks, and chicken wings.  It is not always a specific time saver, but it is definitely a leave it and forget it deal.  I managed to cook in it 4 times in one day and I wasn’t home all day!

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… and Sarah and I painted our dining room and sitting room.  Those rooms had dots all over the walls from where we had put up Sarah’s birthday decorations.  The paint on the walls in this house is horrible!  It stains like crazy.  The timeline for repainting has been moved up, especially now that the other rooms are done and they make the rest look even worse.  However, in the process we discovered that the crappy paint on the walls also alters the color of the new paint.  So my Brook Green shows up as Brook Blue.  The paint on the can, in the pan, and even on the sheet rock in the basement stairwell is all green, the paint on the wall is blue.  That will put a whole new spin on future paint choices.

So, I guess that was not too shabby for a month that really didn’t happen!

I’m still trying to catch up and work through some projects that need to be done, but hopefully everyone will stay well and I can be productive enough to get on to developing those routines and rhythms I wanted to put in place.

But through all the ups and downs, the chaos, adjustments, and complete overhauls, I can hold fast to this promise:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

Living thru faith,

Misty