Hope in My Heart

2010!  WE have arrived at a new year and a new decade.  A whole new era of pop culture, fashion, music, and much more.

As I enter this new year, I have spent sometime praying asking the Lord what are His intentions in and through this life this year.  There is one thing I cannot get away from and it is hope in my heart.

It all started about a week before Christmas.  I arrived at my sisters house for Christmas break.  I hadn’t seen any family since September.  Aubrey, aka the crafter, bounced into her school room and came out with an envelope addressed to “Aunt Anna.”  My name is great, same backwards and forwards.

I opened the envelope to find a cluttered piece of art.  I mean glitter and confetti is sprinkling everywhere, there are letters all over this 3 demential piece, but one thing jumped out at me.  A heart in the very center with the word “hope” written across it.

A couple weeks later I was driving home from the airport, and just felt so much hope in my heart.  I couldn’t get that phrase out of my head.  I got home and got busy and forgot about it.  The next day I was having a quiet time.  I looked on the floor next to my desk and saw a rock.  It was in the shape of heart.  I picked it up and guess what word was written on it? (It was one of my roommates by the way, it didn’t just appear there.:))

So this seems to be my theme for twenty ten!

My 2010 verse is Psalm 84:11

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.

I pray that your heart is also filled with hope for the good things that the Father has for you this year.  I pray that He is showing you what to focus on this coming year, and preparing your heart for the future and hope He has for you.

Blessings to you this new year!

Aubrey's Art

Cultivating the Land

I was reading through Joshua over Christmas break, when a question struck me.  Ok, so the Israelites made it to the Promised Land.  Phew, now it’s time to kick back in the Land of Milk and Honey, right?  Wrong!  God tells them to ward of any of the -ites who encroach on the land that He has given them.  Now wait a minute God, what’s this about, I asked.

He began to make a parallel for me of what this perhaps represents in our modern world.  You see we (or the Israelites) are called to cultivate the land we live in.  So thanks to Jesus we in the New Covenant have the opportunity to enter into our own promised land flowing with Living Water.  BUT there are giants in this land.  Things that sneak in to steal from our Promised Land.

Now I don’t know what your giants are or even what your Promised Land consists of, but I do know that it is worth the fight.  If it is freedom, don’t let captivity sneak back in.  If it is joy, beware of despair.  If it is faith, watch out for fear.

Here’s the encouraging part, the weapons of our kingdom are much stronger than any weapons this world can throw our way.  Take heart because..

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.  ‘Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.'”

Joshua 1:5-6

The land is ours, but we must take it!