Was your Christmas a picture of peace and joy and beauty? How was your year did it meet your beautiful wonderful year expectations?
Or would this picture come closer to what it was like? I really did want mine to be like the first picture above but there were definitely a lot of moments that were more like the second picture. That goes for Christmas and the Year 2013. Oh how I wish that I could say differently but there it is. I can't lie about it. There were days when beauty and hope, faith and joy reigned and then there were the other ones. I guess it could have been worse because at the end of this year, I still feel that I have so much to be grateful for. One of the best things this year has been the little darlin' in the above photos (my Granddaughter Zerah Grace!). I am also thankful to have all my other family. We have a nice home in a nice town and all the bills are paid. It isn't always easy but somehow they always get paid. I am thankful to have God taking care of us. He has been faithful through all the ups and downs.
If you find yourself in circumstances that are overwhelming you and threatening to take you down then the answer is to take a deep breath and remember who you are and whose you are so that hope can rise up. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see Heb. 11:1. I hope you can find your hope in all situations. If you need someone to remind you or help you then please know that you can always contact me because Hope lives here and I am always willing to encourage it to rise up in others because it has this wonderful side effect where hope rises up in me too. So go ahead, drop me a line if you need encouragement because I can always, always, always use more hope.