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What Can You Do With Hope and Faith?

What Can You Do With Hope and Faith?

This month has been a hard month on the business end. We have had multiple times where we have no money, and no conceivable way to make it through the day. But, in hope and faith in the father heart of God, we keep moving forward. I have had several times this month where I say to my kids: we don’t have milk for our cereal now, let’s be thankful for the oatmeal we do have. And then we give thanks.

Gratefulness for Hope and Ponds
Ponds and Water Help With Gratefulness

What Can I Do With Hope and Faith?

As I was remembering the last month, I was struck by how I act differently when I truly trust that God is working on my behalf. Just last week, I left for work and had to borrow money from my kids to put gas in the car and get to my office. When I got to the office, I met someone and got an SEO order within 15 minutes. And, miracle of miracles, PayPal processed his payment the same day and we were able to put gas in the cars and buy food.

This is my life: trust God, and act in hope that He will come through. This is hard and it is a key part of many peoples lives, both in business and in ministry. Have faith in God.

Today I was remembering Jesus’ words: how many of you give your child a snake when they ask for a fish, or a rock when they ask for bread? This month is the first time in about a year that we were so tight that we had to worry about our next meal, and yet God always provided. (To be perfectly honest, we have never had really bare cupboards, just a few times where the meal we wanted was not available).

God wants to help us, and He does. BUT. He loves to walk with us in the midst of these hard times.

This came through to me today in the form of a question. What would I do in my business if money was not an issue?

What would I do in my business if I could trust God completely for provision every day?

Sharing the Joy of Walking with God in Hope

You are not alone. God walks with you.

It is difficult to embrace this truth when He walks with us in the emotional roller coaster we call life. But, He still pursues us.

Your difficult times are not beyond His knowledge or His active pursuit. He walks with you in Joy and Hope.

Proverbs says that hope deferred makes the heart sick, but Christians have a tremendous hope that cannot be deferred. We believe and walk through the power of the Holy Spirit, the counselor that Jesus promised on his last night with the disciples.

Peace, he leaves with us.

What would you do if you did not have to worry? What would you do if you were completely free to do it with all your passions and creativity?

Sharing with Others the Joy of Complete Freedom

God’s Anointed One came to give us freedom, to teach us truth, and to walk with us in life. For myself, this means I walk with Him in building many businesses. For you, it might mean going on the mission field, or showing up to work tomorrow.

If you are free in Christ, then you are free to work, rest, play, and live with complete dedication to each and every moment.

With hope and faith, I can write blogs, plan businesses, create opt-ins, do sales calls, pray for friends, wrestle with my kids, make love to my wife, clean the house, and grow in body, mind and spirit through discipline and exercise. What can you do with hope and faith?

The Handmaid’s Tale Review

Image Courtesy of IMDB I watched Handmaid’s Tale this week, the latest in the “adult” themed shows on Hulu this last week, and I found some interesting political and philosophical themes in the show’s universe, as well as some glaringly obvious problems with the show. Here is Paul Davis Radio’s Handmaid’s Tale Review. Entertainment Review:… Continue Reading

The Handmaid’s Tale Review

Why I Still Think We Should Privatize Marriage

It has been 2 years since the US Supreme Court redefined marriage as between any two adults, overthrowing the rights of states to define marriage according to religious, scientific or other moral bases. Two years ago, many people, like this Politico article author thought that polygamy, polyamory, or other deviant legal structures were next on… Continue Reading

A Dance Before Glory

I was standing in a room with some 500 other men, as we all shouted, clapped our hands and stomped our feet. On stage, a performer danced a little jig to some inspirational music, the crowd went wild. This was not a performance by a famous dancer, it wasn’t a risque dance by some teenage… Continue Reading

Finding My Joy in My Suffering

I have been working through the book Joy Starts Here with my wife and some people from church. Although it is inspiring, this same time I have faced the very real fact that I am not earning enough money to provide for my family in this moment. I work, I look for work, I wait… Continue Reading

Remember

  Although I am tempted to wax rhetorical on this memorial day, the faces and persons of people I remember demand more respect than that. In the last 10 years two cousins and my best friend (and brother-in-law’s brother) have all died. While only one died in active duty with the American armed forces, I… Continue Reading

Two Paths

As I walk through the woods today, Two paths at my feet diverge. On one, my tired feet often stay, The other, my thoughts do surge. In the woods, there are two paths, And one contains a little voice. The one is known, with food at the end, But the other has two voices now.… Continue Reading

Time-Management Week 2

My goal last week was to do 5 posts a day, with a specific writing system. Although I did not achieve my stated goal, the systematic application of my labor did facilitate a much better week. I did $269 worth of work in 15.25 hours for an average of $17.64. During this time I also… Continue Reading

Let Him Who Wishes Come

We are going through Luke in church on Sundays, and I saw something in the parable of the marriage that I had never seen before. Luke 14: 15-24 The wedding feast was open to all. Although we always see the rich people in the story as those who we know don’t get in, the fact… Continue Reading