This week I’ve needed an extra dose of hope, because I’ve been working reaaal long days with a reaaal long commute, which makes me a reaaal tired Kim. Add wedding planning on a teensy budget into the mix, and well… these are some doses of hope that I reaaally need right now.
This is one that came into my mind last night, right around the time I was laying in bed with visions of bridesmaid dresses (and their pricetags!) dancing in my head.
(Jesus) That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. – Matthew 6:25-34
This is another one I was reminded of just in time to drift into sleep…
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
My friend Karyn (hi!!) also shared this one today, and it’s a GREAT reminder of how we can wait and trust in God’s love and provision.
Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.
And I woke up to an awesome email from my friend Julie (hi!!) with this verse in it:
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. -Psalm 28:6-7 ESV
My friends always make me happy. How great is God that He uses the people in our lives to share encouraging words when we need them? I hope you’re all having a day full of hope!