Thursday, August 23, 2007

Hope...

Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."
I've really been torn between the hope deferred and longing fulfilled this week. This whole house adventure has been a real emotional rollercoaster. Having to pare down our plans, waiting to see if our permits and loans will go through... those are the lows. Realizing that we could be getting a brand new house, 3 times the size of the one we currently live in...there's the highs. I realize that I will continue to have the ups and downs until it's all said and done, but today, I have peace. Which is saying quite a bit, since a lot hinges on the township meeting tonight.
I've really been praying over the last week for our hopes and dreams to be protected, to not have them snatched away or damaged by the enemy. (I've been praying this for you guys too, Jess...) And I was very excited this morning to read Proverbs 23:18 "There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off." I felt that this was confirmation that our hopes, dreams and desires are safe in the One who gave them to us. It was nice to be at a place that I was able to encourage Joey last night when he was stressing about the whole thing. It has been a really cool opportunity though to see how God was preparing us for this journey, and putting things and people in place for just this time.
And I am continuing to pray Ephesians 3:16-21
"I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strenghten you with power through His Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory, throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!"

2 comments:

Kristine and Chad said...

Amen! Standing with you guys... let us know how things turn out.

jessi said...

I didn't get to read this til tonight (Sat) but thanks for the encouragement. And for keeping the kids tonight...