Moments fill our every day. Honestly, lots of them are of the not-so-good sort of moments, but some of them are beautiful and wonderful. But here’s what happens. The bad of this world clamors loudly for our attention, drowning out all that is good. Leading us to a place in which the enemy would like us to camp. Stuck. Stuck in negativity. Stuck in a lifestyle that never lives to its full potential.
We can change that, though. We can look up, intentionally noticing the moments that are good. Embracing them fully and acknowledging the gift they are. And when we do that it changes everything. Our spirit changes from one of entitlement and frustration, to one of thankfulness and peace.
Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy. – Philippians 4:8 (VOICE)
Here at #MomentsofHope I want to make a conscious effort to bring you exactly that. I want to help you begin to notice all the beauty and truth in your life. I want to see the enemy sent packing and I want to see you living to your full potential. Because, friends, I know God has great things planned for you!
Last week, our church hosted its annual 24/7 Prayer. I absolutely love that we do this! Read more here! I had served during the event but was waiting to participate with my children when I brought them. So, after school we headed over to church to participate and it turned out that my little was in a mood. Within 10 minutes, I realized there would be no participating for me. Instead she took a nap in the car as I sat on the sidewalk watching the car! My boys headed in independently. Without me. I was not happy. As I sat on the sidewalk my brain automatically kicked into the negative thought processes. But something in my spirit stopped me.
Wait a minute!
My two boys, ages 14 and 11 had each grabbed their own prayer journal and headed into the church to participate independently. Not with my urging. Not with my hand-holding. What an incredible opportunity for them to step deeper into their own relationships with Christ! I didn’t need to be wasting my time with negative thoughts! I needed to be praying those boys opened their hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit!
And guess what? After a solid hour of praying, they made their way back out to me. They were excited to show me their journals filled with notes and favorite scriptures from each of the 10 prayer stations.
I may have missed out on my opportunity to fully participate in the prayer stations, but how could I focus on that when I saw what had just transpired in the lives of my boys? The enemy wanted me angry at my daughter and frustrated that she and I didn’t participate. But instead, God gave her the rest she needed, me some extra Praying Mama moments, and the boys tremendous moments of growth in their faith. I’d say God gave us some #MomentsofHope for sure!
I loved every single post you all shared here last week at #MomentsofHope! It wasexactly for what I had prayed! So much good. So much Jesus. And
Laura Longville blogs at Walking in Grace. Her post, It Happened OneDay, made me smile so big. For her, hope is in the moments as well. As she beautifully shares her story, we are encouraged to know that no matter how stuck we feel. No matter how long the feeling of hopelessness has been building, another day will come. We don’t know when or exactly how. But it comes. She says, “I don’t know how God is going to do this for you; but I have faith that He will.” He did it for her and His word says He will do it for all who love Him. Jump over to her site to read this post that may just be the hope you need today! Would you love on her while you’re there and share your own hope with her?
Okay, friends, now let’s link up! I’m SO looking forward to reading and sharing your posts! Let’s do this!
Moments of Hope Details
My heart is to build a community of hope here at Searching for Moments. Because, for me, hope is what this is really all about. Hope to know the most difficult of times will not defeat us, but instead, with Jesus we will rise victoriously on the other side of them.
I pray God makes this a place where we point to Him. His hope. Where we stop to rest for a moment and let Him fill the gaps in our souls.
Each week, I will share a quick personal moment of hope that gives a little peek into my day-to-day life. I will also feature a #MomentsofHope post that seems to most resonate with me that particular week. With the feature I will include a link, an image, and a short author bio.
My hope is to visit each contributor and share posts across my social media channels. I want to encourage each person that joins me in this place because sharing hope is important. I know that the enemy fights hard to stop those who threaten him. And sharing Jesus with the world most definitely threatens him! So, I’m going to do what I can to help others fight the enemy!
The link-up will typically go live at midnight each Monday.
What I ask of you:
1. Share only one URL (to a blog post, not the actual blog) that resonates with the topic of HOPE. Anything that gives us hope for tomorrow. Hope for victory. The little things and the big. Anything that inspires us to lean into Jesus and let Him carry us through.
2. If you don’t have a blog post or podcast that resonates with HOPE, join in other ways as you pray and encourage others with a comment or a prayer.
3. Leave a comment on the link just before yours. Would you love on them well? Encourage them in their efforts to share the hope of Jesus. If you have time, stop by more than one sweet writer’s little corner of the blog world!
4. Of course, I would love it if you would follow me via my blog and/or social media channels, but this is by no means mandatory!
5. Please either grab my button or link back to me to encourage new linkers.