Day 31: Share Hope with Others, 1 Peter 3:15

My sixteen-year-old grandson, Zach, wants to study Apologetics. Apologetics? A word my husband used for years and I brushed aside. Once Zach started asking for books about Apologetics, I asked him, “Why? What makes you interested in this topic?”

“I want to share my faith, Nana, whenever someone asks me. And I want to do it in a kind way so people listen and believe,” Zach shared.

I thought about what Zach said. And wondered, am I prepared to share my faith? After all, I no longer have a base of friends and coworkers who know me well. In this new place, meeting new people, will they know about the hope I have? The hope that keeps me going in every situation?

I want to share the most important Person in my life, Jesus. He is the reason for all the good in my life.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

How do I do that? I don’t need to announce my Christianity to anyone. What I do need to do is live with hope. My hope in God’s love, faithfulness, and goodness. Knowing that in everything, I can trust Him and heaven’s eternal glory is ahead. I never need to fear or worry because Jesus is my hope.

If I live with hope shining, others will see it in my peace that passes all understanding and my joy in trials. Then it will be easy to share the one thing people long for, the hope Jesus gives.

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Prayer to Share My Hope

Lord, all my hope is in You. Make my life different, so my hope shines through and others ask why, in every situation, I have joy and peace. Give me the boldness, wrapped in gentleness and respect, to share the Truth and Hope I have in Christ. Amen.

This is Day Thirty-one of the #write31days2017 challenge. Thank you for joining me in #31daysofprayerforyourhome. To read the previous posts in the series, click here.

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Day 30: Consider It Pure Joy, James 1:2

Different seasons. Mountaintop and valley. Desert and wilderness. All of these can describe our walks with God. Since deciding to leave California and start a new everything, Van and I have seen God work, directing our steps. Anytime we faced a minor wrinkle, God ironed it out quickly. We currently live on the mountaintop. In a land flowing with milk and honey. And it’s wonderful. Joy fills our hearts and we walk with smiles on our faces and a spring in our steps.

But. Continue reading “Day 30: Consider It Pure Joy, James 1:2”

Day 29: Iron Sharpens Iron, Proverbs 27:17

My heart and mind struggled with pain and confusion. I felt battered and bruised. Ready to give up and quit. Except that wasn’t really an option. I needed wisdom. Help. Encouragement. I cried and prayed. “Find a mentor,” Van suggested. “You know that verse, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another? Someone who can do that for you.”

“Great idea,” I agreed. But who?

So I prayed some more. God provided a name. Someone I’d known for a long time, years in fact. But never as a close friend. Sylvia worked as a counselor in my school district and we worked together on and off. Her husband, Craig, and I served together, facilitating GriefShare in our church.

Calling people I don’t know well sends me into a panic. But I knew I needed to do this. So I prayed for courage, picked up the phone, and called.

That was one of the best calls I ever made. Continue reading “Day 29: Iron Sharpens Iron, Proverbs 27:17”

Day 28: Open My Life, Romans 12:13

One of the things I looked forward to the most about our new home was the front porch. I envisioned sitting outside in the sunshine, a cup of coffee or a glass of iced tea in hand, enjoying a good book. Pure bliss.

Van and I also really want to do more reaching out to others here. That’s a little harder for me than for him. Continue reading “Day 28: Open My Life, Romans 12:13”

Day 27: Do Whatever He Tells You, John 2:5

As a mother and a teacher, I expected people to listen to me. Follow directions. Of course, it didn’t always happen. I don’t even want to think about the percentage of the time my daughters or my students did what I whatever I said.

That created frustration between me and whoever didn’t listen the first time…or second…or third. I hated repeating myself. So irritation crept into my voice when I said the same thing over and over. Or sometimes my reaction when my directions went a little too harsh when something didn’t get done.

A few years ago, I participated in Ann Voskamp’s The Jesus Project: Scripture Memorization for the Rest of Us. As I read and meditated on the weekly verses from John, I realized every time I read the story of Jesus at the wedding, I glossed over the verse, “Do whatever he tells you.” Mary said those five simple words to the servants at a wedding when the host ran out of wine.  Continue reading “Day 27: Do Whatever He Tells You, John 2:5”