Hope for Today will inspire you to live a life connected to Christ by empowering you to fall in love with Jesus through personal spiritual growth. Teaching you the power of your identity and authority in Christ. Encouraging you in your inheritance as an ambassador for the kingdom of God!
Terese is a wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. Best of all a daughter of the King! Terese is a Bible study teacher and speaker. One of her passions is investing in the lives of other women and encouraging them in their identity and authority in Christ. Terese is a life long student of God's grace.
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Ancient of days. One of my favorite names of God. It resonates deep down in my soul as if I have always mysteriously known Him as the Ancient of Days. Infinitely ancient day after day. In Aramaic it is attiq similar to our word for antique.
I love old things especially those that tell a story. If the horseshoe crab in this picture could talk it would tell us that it is, according to science, prehistoric descending from lineage 450 million years old and predating dinosaurs by 200 million years and considered a living fossil.
Think about that. Hundreds of millions of years old and yet the Ancient of Days created them. Do you wonder what they looked like before they evolved into what they are today? Were they bigger, much bigger, like dinosaur big? Why did they survive yet the dinosaurs they predated did not? Why would God leave a creature that evokes an innate feeling of ‘pre-historic’ within us for us to witness?
The answer my friends is God’s sovereignty and His gentle, reassuring nature that ties all things back to Him. He is before all creation. He created the heavens, the earth and the sea and all that is in them.
The Ancient of Days revealing Himself to you through all His creation. Are you looking?
Last night my husband and I enjoyed Wine Down a weekly Friday night Summer event hosted by a hometown vineyard and winery in our community. These gatherings are family friendly and bring together our community with live music, food (either purchased at the winery or bring your own), and wholesome, clean fun.
We decided to purchase our meal from the food vendor, which was pizza, a rare treat for us! I had the Sopressata, an Italian divinity and my husband had the Hawaiian with jalepeno. Each pizza was thin crust and had eight pieces. Before I knew it, mine was gone and I asked my husband if he wanted to share another pizza, because I simply wanted more!
What causes us, at times (perhaps many), to go off on our own to gain more rather than wait on God for His provision for our circumstances? God told David he would have given him even more but David didn’t ask for more he only took matters into his own hands.
As children of God he desires to give us yasaph. He desires to continue to add more, to surpass His increase again and again. Do we trust Him and turn to Him first? May it be so in every situation.
This sweet book was written by my friend Nylse Esahc. Nylse gives sound advice and encouragement on marriage. She writes in a calm and peaceful tone and relates to her audience like a longtime friend. Here is her Amazon link. I hope you will take the time to check out her book and maybe order a copy or two!
I love a good thunder storm. Especially catching a glimpse of lightning and witnessing the brief surge of power crackling through the veins of electricity and marveling at the fact that I am looking at a live electrical current!
This is how I imagine God alive and powerful beyond my comprehension. This same power lives in me and in you as believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit is this power and He enables us to sustain all things by His powerful word. Staying secure in Jesus abiding in Him and being at home with Him teaches us to draw on His power and rely on Him and not ourselves.
As for me, I can sustain all things through Christ, who strengthens me with His power.
Recently, I met a former band member of a popular Christian band. I had no idea while I was talking with him. I came across the information as I was looking at his wife’s website and it wasn’t because she had posted anything about this, but someone had posted to her site with this information. I was immediately struck with how humble they are.
I have learned that shame can cause us to overcompensate for our lack of confidence in Jesus resulting in pridefulness.
As we let the light of Jesus shine within us for the world to see the good works He has created us to do, let it be all for His glory and point the way to our Father in heaven.
As you go about your day may the Holy Spirit continually remind you that God delights in you simply because you stand in awe of and honor Him. May your hope be securely fastened to Him and His unfailing love as you seek Him and He speaks to you through the truth of His word.
I love to give gifts. I especially love to give gifts for no reason. There is something beautifully simple yet profound as I watch the expression of joy on the face of the recipient and their eyes light up when they open the gift that was chosen specifically for them.
We learn to be good gift givers from the One who gave the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Who died on the cross so that all creation would have the opportunity to choose Him and the hope of being with Him forever.
Imagine the delight of His disciples as they were rowing back to shore and they realize their beloved Jesus is standing on the beach waiting for them! They thought He was dead! Perhaps they had been fishing for many hours but caught very little. Jesus tells them to let their nets down one more time and when they pull their nets from the water their is a bounty of fish heavy enough to tear the nets!
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11.
Jesus loves to give us good gifts. Physical gifts and especially spiritual gifts. He has tilled the soil of our soul and placed goodness there and he has placed an eagerness to know Him in our heart. He wants to fill our nets to overflowing.
But His greatest desire is for us to know the Giver more than the given.