OBS Ladies~ I’m thrilled to introduce to you, another faithful servant in our study, Ginny Blankenship. Ginny has a heart for prayer and each Saturday, she will be leading us as we lift to God our Prayer Requests & Praises.
hope: /hōp/ (noun) the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best
It has been a sad week for us as a country. First the events in Boston, then Texas. It is times like this, when things seem so dark, that our faith is tested. I’ll be honest, I don’t know how those without God manage. Watching the news and not knowing that there is more than this world would be more that I could handle. But we know that there is more. Not only is there more, but we know that this was not God’s intent for the world. We have hope for the future, we have hope for an eternity with Him. We have hope to no longer be a part of a fallen world full of hurt. And that hope frees us!
We are free to look for God in the darkness……and He is always there. He was the off duty fireman carrying a little boy to safety. He was the people who opened their hearts and homes to those who were hurting. He was there to hear the prayers of people across the country as they hit their knees. God was there to comfort those who lost family members, He understands their pain and loss. After all, He sacrificed His Son too.
Hope is why we can feel peace in the midst of the storm, because our hope is in the only one who satisfy that hope, our Father.
A few verses to focus on as you share your prayer requests and praises this week:
hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows.
Psalm 130:7 NLT
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
Lamentations 3:24 ESV
So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!
Psalm 31:24 NLT
Please know that we do read all of your prayer requests and praises. We love to pray and rejoice with you.