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In the Book

 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.  Hebrews 6:19-20
    I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope.   Acts 2: 25-26
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.   Romans 15:13


Where to Find Hope
By Anne Cetas

   Elizabeth struggled for a long time with drug addiction, and when she recovered wanted to help others in return. So she started writing notes and anonymously placing them throughout her city. Elizabeth tucks these notes under car windshield wipers and tacks them on poles in parks. She used to look for signs of hope; now she leaves them for others to find. One of her notes concluded with these words: “Much love. Hope sent.”
   Hope with love—that’s what Jesus gives. He brings us His love with each new day and strengthens us with that hope. His love is not rationed out to us drop by drop but flows out of His heart freely and is poured lavishly into ours: “We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love” (Romans 5:5 nlt). He desires to use the hard times to develop     perseverance and character and bring us a satisfying, hope-filled life (vv. 3–4). And even when we’re far from Him, He still loves us (vv. 6–8).
   Are you looking for signs of hope? The Lord gives hope with love through    inviting us to grow in a relationship with Him. Our hope for a fulfilling life is  anchored in His unfailing love.
Questions and Answers
Q:  I am discouraged about the world we live in today. There is so much turmoil and dread for tomorrow. Though I read my Bible, just listening to the news is discouraging. It is hard to find a glimmer of good. I can't even escape in my own house. What can a person do to overcome such despair?
A:  Smile. Be that “glimmer” for someone else who may be more discouraged than you. The Bible tells us to apply our hearts unto wisdom (Psalm 90:12). While our   tendency is to live in the past and sometimes dread the future, it is important to remember that the devil wants us to live discouraged lives. If we focus on what is bad we pull the shade on future’s light.
   Desire an outgoing, outflowing life in the context of eternity. When Jesus left this earth after
His resurrection, He said, “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7). That Helper is the Holy Spirit of the living God.
   Do not be trapped by the world’s darkness. If you belong to Jesus Christ you are a child of light. Remember, if you are discouraged, imagine how much more discouraged others are. Make a point to be pleasant and smile. People from every race and culture respond to a smile. Try it and you will see. There is indeed so much unpleasantness in this world, but the Bible says that the kingdom of God is peace and joy (Romans 14:17).
   Find a smile for your family, neighbors, co-workers and, yes, even strangers. You will find that you will leave your house each day with a sweeter spirit.
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