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Where is Your Hope? – Helen Paris

I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel disappointed about the circumstances in my life and the people involved with a given situation. I know that I have a tendency to be idealistic and that my expectations are often unreal and therefore unfair to these persons.

Unfortunately these attitudes can often be established well into one’s youth and can be developed through one’s upbringing.

Recently I felt discouraged about what I perceived to be a lack of evidence of spiritual fruit in a person’s life who is dear to me. I didn’t feel comfortable having this judgemental heart and was well aware of my own shortcomings, and that only by the Grace of God had He brought me this far in my journey.

As I was looking to the Lord He brought a daily reading before me with the central verse:-

“A bruised reed He will not break and a smoking flax He will not quench.”

I was convicted of how unmerciful and impatient I could be to another who didn’t see life through my eyes. God is always patient and never in a hurry when on the mission of changing a person’s life from glory to glory.

Also He gave me this scripture to encourage me:-

“Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”– Isaiah 49:23

I was reminded yet again, to not look on mankind and all mankind’s failure but to keep my eyes on Jesus – only the Holy Spirit can change the characters of people.

“Now unto Him who can keep us from falling and present us faultless before His presence with exceeding great joy” – Jude 1:24

May this also be your hope.

Helen

March 2012

Women in Willow

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