Hope

Hope is the word for today!

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“Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” -Proverbs 24:14
The first time the word hope is found is in the book of Naomi. A woman filled with hopelessness. Her husband and both sons died, and she was left in a strange and godless land broke.

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However, Naomi as bitter, sad, and devastated as she was possessed great wisdom. We see her operating in wisdom throughout the book, leading her daughter in law Ruth to finding God for herself and securing a Godly marriage with the greatest man of that time.

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We often quote, “There is a hope and a future for you,” and that is true; but there is something we must do too. That hope and future just doesn’t appear from nowhere. You must know what that great future is for you. It’s found in God and God alone. In seeking God, we find wisdom. He leads us to His great purposes. Wisdom comes from God.
Hopelessness comes the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy our faith and dreams. It paralyzes us, stopping us dead in our track. We must understand truth to fight off that feeling. It’s a feeling that is caused by terrible circumstances, and the lie of the enemy.

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Let me remind you it’s a feeling. Yes, it might be true your stuck in a bad, and horrific place. But you are not hopeless. God will show you a way out. His wisdom isn’t like yours or mine. He sees a path out. He does have compassion for you.

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We have hope when God reveals his plans, his dreams for our lives. When his wisdom is given to us, it creates dreams in us. We begin to pursue those dreams. We don’t just grab any plan that comes our way, but we go after his plan, His perfect plan that will give us a hope and a future, unafraid, waking by faith and wisdom.

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Wisdom isn’t going our own way, and doing our own thing. Its following the path outlined by God for our lives. Ruth said, “Wherever you go I will go!” Can you say, ” God wherever you lead me I will go?” Ruth left everything – parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She even left her gods. She was operating in hope, trust, faith, and wisdom. She knew her mother-in-law. She saw her mother-in-law was a wise woman.

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Once hope is realized, that hope comes by wisdom in knowing who God is, and what He can do when our hope and trust is in him brings us into a venturous life. Let’s pursue wisdom with all we got. Let us be men and women of great wisdom and understanding. Let us pursue our dreams with hope in God. When we fully understand we serve a sovereign God who had great purposes and plans for our lives we are being wise.

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Do you have confidence in God? Fearing God is the beginning of all wisdom. Let’s put our hope, trust, and faith in a unfailing, trustworthy, all knowing, wisdom filled God.
Then, that hope helps us dream. Hope helps us find and think about our future in God, Hope helps us pursue our ventures with honor and dignity.

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We have hope purely based on the confidence that a sovereign God is for us, and not against us, equipping us to fulfill our destiny He created us for, equipping us for all good work. God gives us a thrilling impulse, one that we can’t help but fulfill. Its called a specific strategic plan to fulfill his plans for you.

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I love how the book of Naomi ends.  Once again, Naomi praises her God. He had been good in the middle of her disaster. She still remained, assured, full of confidence in the power and goodness of God, exhibited in her life and that of her daughter in law. The mercy and goodness of God always remain with us regardless our situations and circumstances. God is full of mercy, goodness, and love.

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“Then IF you FIND it you will have a future and your hope will not be cut off.” Get this point clearly, wisdom is what we must find. Wisdom leads us to all truth. Who’s truth? His truth. Knowing truth brings us hope. Hope leads us to a great future. Don’t let your hope be cut off.

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Let’s read this powerful verse once again:  “Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”

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Teresa Allissa Citro,
Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

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Leave The Past In The Past

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Have bad things happened in your past? Do you feel like you’ll never be the same again? Sometimes God allows those things to happen.  However, that doesn’t mean God doesn’t care for you or doesn’t love you. He’ll heal the dent your past has left in you.

“We are hunted down,

but never abandoned by God.

We get knocked down,

but we are not destroyed.”

2 Corinthians 4:9.

In God, we are made new and anything in our past is behind us, don’t let it blind you to what is to come in the future.

 

mighty-kids-for-christ-logoElliD, 11 Years Old

Writer, Mighty Kids For Christ

Faith Produces Steadfastness

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“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” -James 1:2-3

Are you going through some things and you ask “God, why are you doing this to me?” or “Why would a loving God do these things?”

God does things for a reason. Maybe He’s testing you to make your faith stronger, or He’s using you to do greater things. Whatever it may be, know that God understands your suffering and He will make it better when the right time comes.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11


The Lord has already planned out your life;

He will not waste it.


Everyone’s life has a purpose, however, not everyone chooses to follow the path God has given them.

ElliDmighty-kids-for-christ-logo

Writer, Mighty Kids For Christ

A Spiritual Reality; It’s All About God.

 

As children of God, we live in a spiritual reality that is continual.

The spiritual reality is:  IT IS ALL ABOUT GOD.

In Him, we live and move and have our being.  He is the One Who Sustains us and the One Who Cares for us, and for this very reason, we don’t have to worry.  He knows what we need.

We know this because of what the Gospel of Luke tells us:

“Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, ‘That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.  For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.  Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?'” -Luke 12:22-26

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EVERYTHING we have originates from GOD who has bestowed blessings and abilities, INCLUDING the ability to work in order to make money (the wealth we receive in a paycheck no matter what the amount), upon HIS children.

“‘Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.  So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.  Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.'” -Luke 12:31-34

Since GOD is the Provider of all that we have and since everything originates with HIM, we, HIS children, do NOT have to worry nor do we have to beg HIM for our needs because HE knows what we need before we even ask.

“Look at the lilies and how they grow.  They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.  Why do you have so little faith?  And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink.  Don’t worry about such things.  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.” -Luke 22:27-30

PRAY 3

Our Father takes great care of His creation.  His creation is you and me.  He takes care of us.

Because He is our Father, we can have confidence and live without fear, knowing God has already gone before us.  He has taken care of our today, our tomorrow, and our future.

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Be blessed, Children of God, for He who watches over you NEVER slumbers or sleeps.

Much love to you all,

Linda A. Knowles

Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:19

“‘For the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.'” -Deuteronomy 2:7

“And in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.” -Colossians 2:10

Hope & A Future

jeremiahSo, there sure is a hope and a future for you!

Trust, have faith, in what God has shown you.

In due time, if you don’t give up, it will show up in your future shouting, “GLORY!”

Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder & President

Thread Of Hope, inc.