Wow, I feel like I have been really slack about blogging so far this month! Sorry about that…the Christmas season is proving to be a difficult time to post during since it’s so busy. By the time I get off work at 5, I either have a plan for that night or I end up needing to go Christmas shopping. For instance, last night I had my leader’s Christmas party! It was really fun and a great time of fellowshipping! It’s so wonderful to serve alongside such great men and women of the faith and I love getting together with them!
Today has been FULL of cleaning the house. We are straightening all the rooms and getting them nice and clean before Grandma and Grandpa come this week! I actually love cleaning and straightening if I have the time, mostly because it’s so nice when it’s all done! (but it’s also therapeutic to just go through things) In between cleaning I have been researching houses…CRAZY right?? A few girls were talking with me and they were thinking about renting a home or a town home since it’s really similar in pricing to an apartment, but you get the actual house! Well the more I look into moving out, the more it make sense to go ahead and buy a house with some lovely ladies. Yes the down payment is expensive, but the payments each month split between 3 girls is actually seeming to be less than any good apartment (and why not own the home instead of rent it so the money is actually going toward something). The biggest part is finding a good buy…I want the house to be a great investment and a decent size for my price range. Who knows if everything will work out, but how cool would it be if I were a homeowner!! 🙂 Anyways, just something exciting that I have been looking in to.
On a completely random note, Ashley and I went Christmas shopping on Thursday night and completed our collection of Christmas Classics that we enjoy watching!
These past couple of days, I have been thinking about Hope. The Hope we have in Christ is so solid. It’s so comforting to me that literally NOTHING here in this world can shatter that hope. It is so solid and secure that no circumstance can shake it; circumstances only magnify the hope that we have in Christ (good and bad). In the bad situations, if God so graciously allows and we choose to focus on Truth, we see God’s grace and hope much deeper and fuller than before. That situation only made Hope more real to us and more longed for! The hard times will shake us (and they will change us for the better if we are pursuing holiness rightly), but will not shake the hope that we have; that hope is unchangeable, unshakable, untouchable by anything this world can throw at it. The crummy times only remind us to hope in the promise of what is to come…the glorious end to all the pain and suffering, the wonderful time when we get to see God and spend eternity in perfect fellowship and unity with Him! The good circumstances in life remind me that no matter how great things seem here, they will only get better! How cool is that! The best things we experience here on earth (all the happiness, joy, love, etc.) do not even compare to what will be experienced when we are in the presence of our King! Oh for that day am I desperately longing for! I can’t wait to be Home! And because of God’s promises, which He is ALWAYS faithful to keep, I get eternal life with Him because I trust Him alone for my salvation…I am counted righteous because God sees Jesus when He looks at me…I will never be forsaken by my Father because of the work of Christ on the cross and His resurrection…God will always love me and will always be Sovereign over all things! Now that is HOPE!
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18