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A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hope that Doesn't Disappoint

A very pregnant-looking cow elk wandered into our yard the other evening.
She lay down, breathing hard.
Then she stood up and circled, as if looking for a more comfortable spot.
She lay down again, still breathing hard.
Oh, goody, goody. I'm going to get to witness an elk birth!
This was happening right outside my bedroom window. So I ran for the digital camera and stationed myself on a comfy chair at the window.
I waited and watched for about an hour. (I am anything if not patient.)
During this hour, the cow continued to tease me with her frequent huffing and repositioning.
Then, the annoying little gargoyles (chihuahuas) next door discovered the elk's presence. They lined up along the cyclone fence about twenty yards away and harassed her with their high-pitched yapping.
So much for the pictures of the century.
The elk hurried out of our yard in search of quieter digs.
That was pretty disappointing.
I guess just about anything that you hope to see or experience that doesn't materialize can ruin your day. Or maybe just your minute.

There is something that we believers hope for that we know will not disappoint:
Hope in God.

  • That all of His promises will one day come true.
  • That He will return.
  • That we will be like Jesus.
  • That all of our infirmities, troubles, struggles with sin will finally be gone!
  • That we will be with Him forever
  • That we will be reunited with our loved ones who knew Jesus.

Yapping dogs and unforeseen situations will never rob us of our hope.
Because our hope is based on the complete trustworthiness of God and His Word.
What He promises, He will deliver.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade -- kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."(1st Peter 1:3-6)

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