[CF Devotionals] 2017-12-20 - Hopeful Expectation

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My husband and I attended his annual staff Christmas party last night. We knew we would be gone for several hours, due to the fact Richard was not only attending, but providing music in his capacity as a Disc Jockey. So, with the idea of extended time away in mind we took care to give our almost two-year-old pup, Ms. Melody, time to play and hang out with us during the rest of the day prior to leaving her. She seemed pretty tired before we left, not really napping at all as she normally would do at other times, so we were quite sure she would easily need to sleep until we returned, and then have the hopeful expectation of greeting us when we returned. When she welcomes us home, she shares the fulfilling of her hopeful expectation in quite an audacious manner, so much so we must be sure not to face her directly as she runs toward us for fear of a crash landing. I feel quite loved, with such a wonderful salutation, and want to bottle up the feeling so I can share it with someone else.

Do you have that kind of hopeful expectation of your time with God each day, and for that moment of our Saviors return? If you do, would you want someone else to feel what so deeply warms your heart? Because hope is meant to be shared by more than just you and me. When God reaches someone's heart, he earnestly hopes that it spreads like a wildfire, to get from one end of the Earth to the other. This can be through a smile, a kind word, an unexpected note in the mail, a prayer for someone in the quietness of your mind, or an action that shows mercy at a moment you might not even feel merciful. There are people with jobs and missions in their lives that go on behind the scenes, and we never know how they have contributed to our lives being better. I know there are people in this world that have given their lives so I can do what I am doing, by putting thoughts on a screen into paragraph form. And I cannot thank them personally, but I can certainly thank my God who created me and all of them. I want to be part of his wildfire of eternal hope. Do you?

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29 NIV)

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13 NIV)

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All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.

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