Saturday, 17 May 2014

Hope & Patience - My latest Challenge


Today I am writing my 


     200th blog post 


              and I am starting my latest challenge.

It is a verse memorization challenge organised by 


Blogs by Christian Women 



and is called 


               Verse by Verse



Every 1st & 3rd Monday of the month Blogs by Christian Women will post a new verse for memorization.  They will then make a link-up live on the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month to give each person enough time to memorize, reflect on and write about the verse. 

The verse chosen to start this off is


Romans 8:25


As soon as I saw this verse I was drawn to the two words hope and patience.

Hope is a word I would use often and have grown to love the true Bible meaning of this word, whereas patience is not a word I like to talk about much probably because I feel I do not have a lot of it.

However while I was memorising the verse I realised that the Biblical word hope leads us to this patience.  If we have the hope of life eternal through Jesus then we will have patience as we wait to see our hope fulfilled regardless of what comes between because that Hope is worth everything.  


Photo credit to Yash H Dubal via DealFuel

How wonderful it is that even though we are 
eagerly awaiting the outcome of our hope;
 we can do so patiently by the power of the Holy Spirit.


PRAYER
Lord I pray that all who read this will either be rejoicing in the knowledge of the hope they have in you or led to examine your word further until they put their trust in you and gain this hope of life eternal.
Amen.



PLEASE SEE the side bar for the LINK to this CHALLENGE Link-up.

Linking up with  Fellowship Fridays

17 comments:

  1. Hi Sandra, so glad you were able to you BCW for our first Verse by Verse challenge. What better way for us to come together as an community of sister than through God's Word. It's great to see everyone thoughts on the passage. Have a wonderful weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Wanda, I thought this was a great idea for a link-up together.

      Delete
  2. Sandra, I agree with you. Hope is a beautiful word and I use it a lot but I have to work on patience. Everyone tells me don't pray for patience or you will be sorry, well I am going to pray for it on a regular basis and if the Lord feels I need to be taught a few things well all the better. But it is the Holy Spirit who I rely on to teach me. Have a blessed weekend, you and your family.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi again Linda, great attitude you have hear and just you go for it and you will be blessed.

      Delete
  3. As I read your post I thought ... how amazing is the way our God grows the fruit of His Spirit in us. Visiting from Sunday Stillness. Have a blessed Sunday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Joanne, thanks for visiting again. You should come join us in the challenge next time.

      Delete
  4. I'm good at hope. I have challenges with patience unless I'm not thinking about it. I think that's why I like to multi-task so that I'm occupied while I wait for one part to get done. But everything is worth it when in reference to the Lord. I have a long history of answered prayers- so the least I can do is give Him my patience. =)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Meredith it is lovely to meet you. My daughter is working in Gangneung in Korea at the moment and we spent a lovely couple of weeks there & in Seoul with her last summer. I blogged about Korea while I was there but I don't think I really did it justice.
      I think we are all very similar when it comes to patience but you are right He is worth our patience.
      Just added you to my circles so hopefully meet up with you again.

      Delete
  5. This sounds like a wonderful challenge. I love anything that encourages us to dive further into Scripture. Memorizing scripture is something I really need to work on. I look forward to following along with what you share. Blessings to you, Sandra.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks Beth you are always so encouraging

      Delete
  6. I never thought about the patience part being the part of God being patient with us. It really makes me think about a few things.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Neither did I Heidi, I only saw it as patience in us

      Delete
  7. Congrats on your 200th blog post! Woo-hoo! And also congrats on starting your verse memorization challenge. I try to keep a memory verse going most of the time; it's been a great way for me to stay in the words and in the Word. I'll spread the word of this challenge to my friends in the "Hide His Word" Facebook group. It's a group for anybody who is memorizing any scripture. Several of us are about to start memorizing John 15, so I won't start up with this challenge too, but I pray all who do will be blessed.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Lisa, I'm always encouraging the children at church to memorize scripture but it is just as important for me too.

      Delete
  8. What a wonderful challenge!! I really should get back into memorizing Scripture. It is a good discipline and great way of internalizing God's Word.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree Judith and I just kept putting it off except for the memory verses I get the kids to learn in SS. So I went for the challenge because there would be some kind of accountability with that.

      Delete
  9. I liked what you said about hope leading to patience. Thank you, Sandra, for sharing this.

    ReplyDelete