How would you like to read through God's Love Letter—His Word, the Bible, with a group of like-minded, Christian girlfriends? We're doing that over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group. Did you know you don't have to start a Bible reading plan on January 1? You can begin today! This simple plan, and an accountability partner, will help you succeed. Who will be your accountability partner? Share this post with them and invite them to the private Facebook group.
Sweeter Than Honey is patterned after this Bible Reading Itinerary. On Tuesdays, here at the blog, I would love it if you and I could take a trip through God's Word and Sweeter Than Honey, together! I would also encourage you to Join us over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group, introduce yourself, meet new friends, and share your thoughts there as well. We're waiting for you!
All of this happened to Job—he lost all of his children, most of his servants, his livestock, possessions, barns, and houses. Now, his friends have turned against him, and what does Job say? “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him…” (13:15). Job preaches a message of extreme hope!
I have a little exercise for you. Today, I want you to [grab a piece of paper and] list seven things that give you hope in God.
Job still holds on to hope in God, even with all he’s been through, and we should too.
My "Hope in God" list:
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Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
1/4/2022 10:11:12 am
Good morning! I just wanted to share with you that a purchased your book a few weeks ago. It's beautiful to look at as well as full of insight into God's Word. Since I follow a different reading plan and blog through it as I do, I decided to use it but just read the books in the standard order. I have enjoyed it very much. Blessings as you share God's Word with those who are following along with you. New Year blessings!
1/4/2022 10:37:27 am
Thank you so much, Donna! I love that you are using Sweeter Than Honey in a different way. :) It's almost like a student textbook for studying God's Word, and I am encouraged seeing people dive into His Word with fresh eyes seeking Him in 2022!
1/4/2022 10:44:21 am
God is such a lesson in faith for me. It's easy to trust when God works everything out the way we wanted. But when His plans are different--we learn to trust Him because we know His character.
1/4/2022 11:24:42 am
"It's easy to trust when God works everything out the way we wanted. But when His plans are different--we learn to trust Him because we know His character." <— THAT is so true, Barbara!
1/4/2022 12:38:58 pm
My word of the year for 2022 is Faithful, and my verse of the year is Psalm 115:1, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory, for the sake of Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness!”
1/5/2022 07:53:40 am
You’re right, Donna. That’s a good point. Coming into 2022 we have no idea what it holds- the good and bad, and there will be both. I pray that our responses will be the same for both…faith and faithfulness.
1/6/2022 06:54:12 am
You are so right, Julie! "Coming into 2022 we have no idea what it holds..." When I wrote this, back in January of 2020, we were literally just weeks away from worldwide life-changing events with the pandemic. We had no idea what was coming, but none of this caught our God by surprise—NONE of it!!
1/5/2022 03:21:22 pm
Oh, Your hope in God list is such a helpful encouragement!
1/6/2022 06:51:05 am
Thank you, Lauren. It opens the door for a whole new blog post! :)
1/6/2022 07:49:48 am
Whenever I read Job, I marvel at the hope he lived in, and he had so little to go on compared with us!
1/6/2022 08:05:03 am
You are so right, Michele. We have Job's whole picture laid out before us, yet we still struggle to trust an all-knowing, all-sufficient God Who we know has our best interest in His plans.
1/6/2022 08:25:52 am
Job always amazes me as he remained so faithful to God under tremendous loss and pain. Reading this post brought Romans 5:5 to mind: "And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." Hope in God will not lead to disappointment. May we rest in this assurance.
1/6/2022 08:45:47 am
I love that, Joanne! "Hope in God will not lead to disappointment." Such a wonderful truth! And I love how you tied in Romans 5:5 as well. :) "...for we know how dearly God loves us..."
1/6/2022 05:10:47 pm
You're so welcome, Carlie! :) Blessings to you!
1/9/2022 01:34:45 pm
Such a beautiful post. I love your "Hope in God" list. I'll be pondering mine as I look forward to a new week of Hoping in Him.
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