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{Powerful Testimony} The God of Hope

I love it when God’s Word becomes alive, when you hear stories or experience first hand the truth of God’s Word. Romans 15:13 came alive to me yesterday as I watched the following video. I wasn’t planning on doing another blog post this weekend…..but I felt compelled to share this story with you since we have been talking about hope this past week, the hope that Christ brought into our broken world so many years ago.

Personally, I’ve been following Michelle and AJ’s story thru a family member who had called a few months back asking me to pray for them. My heart broke as I heard the diagnosis of their unborn daughter, and as a mother to 3 little girls and my own experience of losing my first child through miscarriage, my heart and mind could barely comprehend what they might be going through. All I could do was pray…and so I did.

What touched me as I watched this video was the testimony of AJ and Michelle as they shared how they had to change their view of hope and what hope really is….that this world is broken but because of Christ, they have the hope of heaven and all this hurt, all this brokenness will one day be gone. I had an “aha moment” when Michelle shared how she finally came to a point of surrender and trust, and through her choice of surrendering and trusting, she found peace.

“May the God of HOPE fill you with JOY and PEACE as you TRUST in Him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.”- Romans 15:13

Are you seeing it? The connection between what AJ and Michelle experienced and what Romans 15:13 states? We serve a God of HOPE, a God who holds a better tomorrow in His hands. A God who fills us with joy and peace when we open up our lives, our hands and TRUST Him. When we surrender. When we turn our eyes upward and focus on eternity…..the hope that we have in Him.

“We are to be grateful and joyful people because we have such an immovable, fantastic hope. True joy is setting your heart on unmovable objects. There are only two unmovable objects that I know of…God and heaven.”- Jennie Allen

It seems to me God really hasn’t changed much in 2,000 years, He still loves to do miracles through infants and mothers who surrender their lives to Him.

 

All Glory to God!

Aj and Michelle from Evan Clark on Vimeo.

 

Love God Greatly!

-Angela

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Hope


Hope is one of the greatest needs of humanity. One presidential candidate made “Hope” the theme of his campaign to become president. Like it or not, it worked. Since the fall of mankind we have needed hope in the midst of sin and destruction, and since that dark day in the garden, God promised a Savior, a Redeemer whose perfect life would be given for us, who would right all the wrongs, restore our joy, drive out darkness, and give us strength. The great Hope of the world was born over 2,000 years ago on a starry night in a smelly stable filled with the sound of animals.

Biblical hope is nothing like the “hope” we talk of in our everyday lives. We tend to use that word as expressing a wish. I hope it doesn’t rain on my wedding day. I sure hope my kids behave when we have company over. I hope I can lose 10 pounds during the holiday season. There is no guarantee in those statements. But for the Christian, for those of us who know this Child in the manger, we have a hope that is like a promise, a pledge from God himself. The hope of the Bible is not a wishful thinking but an assurance of things that will happen.

“And his name will be the hope of all the world.” Matthew 12:21

What kind of hope do we have?

This child who was born in a barn and spent his early years as a fugitive from Herod was and is our salvation in more ways than one. We have an assured hope that sin cannot condemn us, it cannot be our master, and it cannot separate us from God. We know that life here on earth is fleeting, and as painful as it can be we have a perfect eternity with Christ to look forward to. Because Christ is our hope we can know for sure that all the promises in scripture will be kept.

Hope fills the afflicted soul with such inward joy and consolation, that it can laugh while tears are in the eye, sigh and sing all in a breath; it is called “the rejoicing of hope” (Hebrews 3:6).  William Gurnall

Where do you find your hope? Is it in your gifts, your talents, your family and friends? Is it because you are young or maybe that you are older and considered wise?  Do you find hope in how much is in your bank account or that you are a disciplined person? This Christmas season let’s meditate on how Jesus is our hope. Consider all the promises in scripture, and rest assured that they are all true and fulfilled in the Son of God. Everything else will fade or fail but Jesus never will. It reminds me of a hymn you may all be familiar with, especially the first and third verse.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

Looking to Jesus,

Advent {Pin}Inspiration

I thought for today I’d do a fun decorating post for those of you who are looking for ways to display your Advent candles. Here are a few ideas I found recently on Pinterest.

{image by Little Scandinavian}

{image by EAB Designs}

{image by RAUMDINGE}

{image by Liljor Och Tulpaner}

{image by Pure Joy}

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Using the image below for inspiration, I decided to create my own Advent candle display….I was surprised it really didn’t take to long!

{image by Garden Party}

 

 

All you need are:

  • 4 candles
  • 4 clay pots
  • ribbon
  • fake moss
  • glue

 

Step 1: Place the candle in the clay pot. {make sure to push it down to secure it inside the pot}

Step 2: Glue ribbon around the outer edge.

Step 3: Glue inside the pot around the candle and tuck in small patches of the fake moss.

Step 4: Repeat for the other 3 candles.

 

That’s it!!!!

 

For more Advent and Christmas decorating ideas check out our GMG Pinterest page!

 

Love God Greatly!

-Angela

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{Giveaway} 1 MomHeart Conference Ticket

Have you ever wished you had a mentor? Someone who has gone before you and is willing to share from her heart the good and the bad about motherhood? If you said, “Yes” then let me introduce you to a dear friend of mine, a gifted author, a wonderful speaker and a loving mother and wife. Her name is Sally Clarkson and if you’ve been around Good Morning Girls long enough, you’ll know that I LOVE her!! God has gifted Sally to speak right to our “Mom Hearts”…..speaking words of wisdom, love and encouragement. Don’t we all need to hear those types of words as we are raising the next generation to love God with all their hearts, minds and souls?  I know I do!

I’ve had the pleasure of attending 3 of Sally’s annual Mom Heart conferences and I have always walked away refreshed and encouraged as a mom and wife. Recently Sally contacted me and offered one FREE ticket to my Good Morning Girl readers to attend the conference of her choice!!! I’m soo excited about this because I know whoever wins this ticket is going to be extremely blessed!!

The theme for her conferences this year is HOPE ,which is based off of Sally and Sarah Mae’s new book “Desperate”, and how appropriate since we are talking about the hope we have through Christ this week!

A personal invite from Sally to YOU!

“Motherhood is daunting. It is also delightful, fulfilling, and rewarding, but it can be daunting. There are times in every mother’s life when the less-wonderful aspects of motherhood can begin to feel like a wet, heavy blanket of desperation draped over your spirit. That’s why Sarah Mae and I wrote Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, which inspired this year’s Mom Heart Conference theme, “I Take Hope ~ Moving through Desperate to Destiny.” You need to take hope in the promises and truths of God to make it through those inevitable wet blanket days. That’s why I want every mother to return home from this conference with a heart full of hope. Not just a passing feeling, but a lasting conviction that God is living and active in you and your children. The kind of hope that will move you from desperate to destiny. It will be a weekend of refreshment, inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship you will not want to miss. Join us!”
- Sally Clarkson


Times/Locations/Rates:

COLORADO:
Dates: January 18-19, Denver/Littleton, CO (Denver Marriott at Park Meadows, $79.00/night room rate)
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CALIFORNIA:
Dates: February 1-2, Irvine/OC, CA (Irvine Marriott, $104.00/night room rate, includes up to two full buffet breakfasts)
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TEXAS:
Dates: February 15-16, Irving/DFW, TX (Dallas Marriott Las Colinas, $84.00/night room rate)
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NORTH CAROLINA:
Dates:
February 22-23, Raleigh/Durham, NC (Sheraton Imperial Hotel, $89.00/night room rate)
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Conference Schedule:

Check-in for each of the events begins at 1:00PM on Friday.

Afternoon workshops begin at 3:00PM and 4:00PM that afternoon.

Guests are on their own for dinner.

The first main conference session is 7:00-10:00PM that night.

The second session is 8:45-11:45AM Saturday morning, followed by a lovely banquet luncheon.

The final conference session is 2:00-4:30PM that afternoon.

Sally will be the main speaker for all main sessions, along with a special keynote speaker for sessions 1 and 2, and noted workshop leaders.

 

 

PossibiliTea (Separate Event):

There is also a Friday morning pre-conference PossibiliTea at each of the conferences from 9:30-11:30 AM.

This special time with Sally will focus on personal insights about motherhood, Mom Heart Ministry, and how to be more involved. Space will be very limited and attendance will require a separate $25.00 registration fee. To register, go to the Conference information page for the state where you are registered, or go to the Store and click on the “Mom Heart Conference 2013” icon.

 

 

 

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Advent- {Hope} Week 1

Welcome to week 1 in our 4 week Advent study: Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus!

We are so glad you are joining us!

(Click here if you can’t see the video)

For millions of people around the world, this is a VERY busy time of the year. We have Christmas parties to plan, presents to purchase, cookies to make and friends and family to visit.

But for Christians, this time of year is much more than just parties, presents and people…..it’s about celebrating the birth of our Savior….our one and only hope in this world.

As Christians we are a people of hope. That doesn’t mean we have perfect lives, quite the contrary, Jesus tells us in John 16:33 that we will have tribulation in this life, but what it does mean is that we are not alone in our struggles. We are not alone in life’s disappointments. We are not alone in our brokenness. We are not alone because Christ, our Emmanuel, is with us!

This week as we begin celebrating Advent, let’s concentrate on the hope Jesus brought to us through His birth, that special Christmas night so many years ago.

God gave us the greatest gift ever….He gave Himself….He gave us HOPE!

But how do we put our hope in Jesus when life and our circumstances seem so hopeless?

1. Pray- Be honest with God and ask Him for help!

2. Read scripture- Don’t know where to start? Turn to the back of your Bible, look up the word: Hope and read the verses that are listed.

3. Trust Him for help- So many times when we have problems in life, we turn to “professionals”, to self-help books and to others. While God can and does work through people to help us, we first need to seek God’s help before we seek help from others.

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

4. Change your focus- Look up! Think eternal! Realize that the best is YET TO COME!!!

“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. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,” 1 Peter 1:3-4

This week as we light our first of 4 candles, remember that Jesus is the light of the world!

The light by which we see everything….our lives…our world!

As Christians we always have hope not because of anything we can do or not do, but because of the gift of Jesus and His ultimate sacrifice so many years ago!

Week 1 Reading Plan:

Week 1 in our Advent eBook:

Our Christmas Challenge:

Want to help us make a difference in this world? TOGETHER WE CAN!
Join us this Christmas and give the gift of water! So far we have already raised $4,300!!!
THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has already donated!!!
We have 30 days left…..let’s see how God can change a NATION through our ministry!

Click here to find out more information!

Click here to donate!

 

 

 

How are you focusing on the hope of Jesus this week?

 

Until next time…

 

Love God Greatly!

-Angela

 

 

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