Our Blogging friend Lady Deidre Posted one of my favorite verses about Hope on a Butterfly image and another one later also with a Butterfly and Hope Scripture ( see link below, they are very uplifting )
Lady Deidre’s Post http://ladydeidre.com/2013/09/27/god-of-hope/
I had promised Dei some time back to create a Butterfly Power point for her and Shenine and was feeling a bit guilty that I still had not done so because of Computer problems and also with the need later to create other ones but then I remembered a Power point I had received quiet a few years ago and adapted, I think the original had Butterflies, I couldn’t find it to confirm this but if so I also chose some more and added them in and some of my own thoughts as well.
But I was surprised to find that it was titled Hope the same as Dei’s focus with the Scripture. Dei shared that she feels when God sends a butterfly swirling around you, it means “Hope for the future.” and that God is sending encouragement my way and Dei also finds a lot of feathers in her path and wonders what that means…. Hummmm we will see.
We have Eternal Hope in our God of Love, He never lets us down in the good times or in the bad times, He does not willingly afflict us (see below ) but in times of trouble and testing, He shows that He is there with us and He strengthens us so we can endure and this is what we give thanks for.
Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
Some ask….Do we need the bad times? does God plan them ? No He doesn’t His Planes for us are good not evil but He knows they will come and why and so prepares us for them as He works all things together for good in our lives.
Why does He not just stop them from happening … He would have to stop all evil but He is also patient, it’s not His will anyone perishes, which means separation eternally from Him, so if Discipline is needed we will also reap what we sow, which brings us to our senses and repentance, like it did with the Prodigal son…. But Wow what a welcome Home we receive!
At other times of Temptation, when our Faith is put to the test, it is God who makes us stand firm through the empowering of The Holy Spirit and our trials produce wonderful fruit in us. So yes we can give thanks in all things, we have God’s Eternal Love that gives Hope even in the darkness…..
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The first slide may be black- click for the Light…. Hope in the Darkness