May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Do you know anyone who just overflows with hope? They often are the encourager or see the good in a situation. I have experienced people along the journey that help point me back to the joy, peace, and hope that God provides for us through the Holy Spirit.
Many of the messages we hear or say to ourselves may be criticism or frustration. I would invite you into a space where you can look around you for evidence of a day well lived.
What does that look like for you? Some of the things that help me to see the joy, peace, and hope Paul talks about are when... I made someone smile. I hugged and wasn't the first to let go. I encouraged. I laughed. I believed. I lifted. I kneeled. I forgave. I lived. I loved.
I have been spending time this winter and spring studying Paul's letter to the Romans with our Senior Adult Bible Study. We haven't gotten to chapter 15 and some of his sending words and conclusion yet, but this passage is one that I have taken with me since my Dad passed away nearly 4 years ago. That is who he was, someone overflowing with hope.
May Paul's words today be your encouragement to experience this day as one that is well lived.